Thanks Coach! It was a pretty impressive win. The team we beat had beat us the previous week 9-1 (obviously not Samuel pitching). The team we beat was on a 13 game win streak, and Samuel only allowed 1 ER (3 total runs, our team defense is pretty bad) in a complete game 7 inning outing. Unfortunately, I was not able to get any other angle on the game. Anything you can say from just seeing this picture? https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10254022_10202658601160319_4093721074849391877_n.jpg
<p>Sounds like we have a lot wrong. Anything positive I can tell him to him upbeat?</p> <p>Again some of the best money I have spent!</p>
<p> Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!</p> <p>We will go work on it tonight! :-D</p>
<P>Coach Dick’s mechanics are what you are looking for. Order the DVD’s you won’t be disappointed.</P>
<P>I wanted to share my experiences with my sons coaches. It started in 11 year old All-Stars, he first year pitching. Even though I knew the coaches well (even helped with All-Star practice) they started another kid in game 2. They said it was because they could not help my son during the game. They knew I was upset so they put him in to pitch in the second inning with us down 8-1, 2 on and no outs. I know they were trying to show me that against good hitters my son would struggle. Only thing was…he didn’t. Didn’t give up a hit or a run for 3 innings when they took him out.</P> <P>I ended up taking a Little League team that next year. I taught the basics of Momentum pitching to 3 other kids and we won our league. Funny too because people were complaining that we had so many good pitchers. After I left the dads changed the mechanics of their kids because others thought it looked “funny”. None of those other kids are even playing baseball anymore.</P> <P>Going into HS (my son hurt his knee and missed almost 2 years of baseball) and playing for the school’s “travel team” for incoming freshmen my son was by far the best pitcher. Everyone knew it. They made him a pitcher only and then wanted him to work with this “great” pitching coach. Problem was this coach was a frustrated 26 year old trying to catch on as a pitcher with any team he could…independent ball, minors, anything. He did not like that he didn’t understand Momentum Pitching. He did not like that there was nothing he could do to “help” my son. (He did ruin two other kids arms by switching them to throwing side arm). When he did try to change anything my son would ask “why” or just nod and go back to doing what we had always done. Finally, the coach wanted to do the towel drill because the other pitchers weren’t extending properly. I asked “does Samuel not extend properly?”. He said “no, he is okay but this will help anyway”. I gave him the link to Dick’s article regarding the harmful effects of the towel drill and other “drills”. I received the nastiest email! How dare I question him??? This is a recognized drill that all major colleges do!!! If Samuel were to refuse to do the drill or question them in college he would be kicked off the team!!!</P> <P>That year Samuel threw 3 complete games of the 17 played, and they only won when he pitched.</P> <P>As a sophomore they stuck him on JV (they were loaded with upper classmen pitchers) and the same coach came back. He tried so hard to make one of his sidearm guys the #1 starter, but it was obvious that Samuel was much better. I really think the coach became jealous of Samuel because he was throwing harder and had better stuff than any of his “favorites”. When he tried to get Samuel to change Samuel just nodded and went back to doing what we always did. The coach seemed to be trying to get Samuel to fail…to make the others look better. The others would start against lesser teams and lose. Samuel would start against the better teams and win. They even went so far as to take him out of a perfect game (thru 4 complete innings he had 6k’s, and had only thrown 38 pitches). The first batter facing the relief pitcher got a hit and we lost the game.</P> <P>Now he is going into his Junior year. The other pitching coach is gone, gone, gone! The varsity pitching coach is only concerned with winning. As long as Samuel throws strikes and gets outs he doesn’t care what he does. He does make suggestions but they are only suggestions. They do have a dedicated “long toss day” for the pitchers so we’ll see if he reacts any better to the information we will give him. If he insists on long toss for Samuel we have already decided that he will lob the ball and let it hop/roll to the other side.</P> <P>Wow! didn’t mean to get that detailed. I would sum it up by saying that HS coaches have egos (big egos) and I would not expect them to listen to reason. Just stick to your guns. If your son is good enough they will still let him pitch and if you don’t make your questioning public they will let it drop. Most travel/showcase coaches are better about leaving your son alone. That is where they get scouted now a days anyway (at least in SoCal).</P>
<P>http://youtu.be/EhWqKTGZw74</P> <P> </P> <P>Hi Coach,</P> <P> We have some good news to report. Samuel has been contacted by both UC San Diego and Cal State Fullerton asking him to come to their prospects camps!</P> <P>You also asked how tall he is. He is just over 6’1″</P> <P>His stride is just under 6′ (we know because the mound we practice on has another rubber at 54′ and his toe is a couple of inches from landing on that rubber).</P> <P>For conditioning he has been doing part of (I know, I know…) P90X, YogaX, CoreX, Plyometrics, and CardioX. Now that school has started they are doing SCAR training and some lifting (he tells them there are some exercises his coach doesn’t want him to do)</P> <P>We have your power conditioning and he was resisting doing it but he did it tonight and found it very helpful. Said he will get up early and do it before school now.</P> <P>Thanks!</P>
Wow! I couldn’t believe what I saw…We had our first game in 18U USA Premier League. Why in the world would they want to change Samuel??? It hurt my arm just watching a bunch of the other pitchers. Samuel threw harder than all but 2 of the pitchers (both of whom are 18 year old graduated seniors), he never has arm problems and his strikeout to walk ratio is probably at least 5 to 1.
Not gonna let anyone change him. Thanks for the advice Randy and Coach Mills.
Thanks! I will certainly not let anyone mess with his mechanics. Usually, he just nods his head and “forgets” to apply what they suggest. I was hoping for anything that has worked telling the coaches.
Hey Coach Mills, could you give a little feedback on the videos I posted this week. To me that would go a long way if I told them a former Major League pitcher, who has been instructing pitchers for decades had reviewed his mechanics.
Let’s see if this worked
Apparently, even though I am an IT guy, I can’t upload videos. I will try again. 😳