FAQ Search Memberlist Usergroups Profile Log in to check your private messages Register Log in

Ask Questions. Share Answers. Pitch Better.

10 year old safer curveball technique???

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    LetsTalkPitching.com Forum Index -> Pitching Mechanics & Analyses
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Laura
Rookie
Rookie


Joined: 16 Jul 2008
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Jul 20, 2008    Post subject: 10 year old safer curveball technique??? Reply with quote

Dear Steve Ellis and Staff:
> > My son plays Little League, pitches good, won the
> Little League District Championship game (14-1 score, 8
> strike outs, 1 walk,game ended in 4 innings with 10 run
> rule) ,and 2nd place in sectional tournament. Had his
> picture on the front of the paper for his great pitching in
> the game, he's 10 yr old and 5'6". Blah blah,
> blah, ANYWAY, we are getting calls from several traveling
> teams that want him to pitch for particular tournaments for
> them. We live in Florida, so baseball is all year. Coaches
> have stated, "we see his talent and potential, we can
> teach him to throw a curve ball without ever hurting his
> arm". He throws 59-64mph FB 2 seam and 4 seam and
> change ups. These are good teams that placed in the top 3
> most tournaments inside and outside the state. We don't
> want to burn his arm up. He reads over your saved email tips
> before games, they really help him keep thinking on the
> mound. ?????????IS THERE A WAY TO THROW a CURVE BALL for a
> GROWING 10 year
> > old that won't hurt. He's only 10.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
futureKazmir
Guest





PostPosted: Jul 20, 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe there is no safe way to throw a curveball. If he wants a movement pitch try the cutter. Just my opinion.


HOW TO THROW A CUTTER
http://www.thecompletepitcher.com/how_to_throw_cutter.htm
Back to top
Roger
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 22 Mar 2006
Posts: 6689
Location: Phoenix, AZ

PostPosted: Jul 20, 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

The common recommendation is that kids should wait until they are 14-15 years old for a couple reasons. The first reason is because of the perceived stresses put on the immature skeletal system (i.e. open growth plates) by the curve. The second reason is that time spent practicing the curve ball usually means time not spent practicing the change-up.

I'd say most folks agree without argument about the second reason. The first reason, however, is debatable. Some claim that a properly-thrown curve ball places no more stress on the arm than does the fastball. The key there is the "properly-thrown" part. Even if coaches not the proper way to throw a curve, they also need to be able to teach it and, most importantly, they need to be able to verify it. Unfortunately, verifying with the naked eye is next to impossible because the important part happens when the arm whips forward and that happens too fast for the naked eye to see.

Also, there seem to be reports coming out from reputable sources saying things like "we have no evidence that the curve ball is more stressful on the arm than a fastball" and "the biggest cause of injuries is overuse". I think people tend to or want to conclude from these claims that curve balls are safe. But I think that's going a bit too far.

I will say that I believe in teaching kids the correct way to throw curves because they will otherwise learn incorrectly on their own. But it is also important to teach them to limit the number of curves they throw. I cringe every year when I see how many curves are thrown during the Little League World Series.

In sumary, my advice to you is to not get caught up in the wins and losses or playing for championship teams. Young kids need good coaching so they develop. And they need things to be kept positive. If these coaches pursuing your son are talking about teaching him a curve but are not saying anything about developing a change-up, that would be a red flag to me.

I highly recommend you check into the NPA here.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    LetsTalkPitching.com Forum Index -> Pitching Mechanics & Analyses All times are GMT - 4 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Related topics
 Topics   Replies   Author   Views   Last Post 
This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies. Announcement: Let's Talk Pitching Baseball Forum Rules 0 Steven Ellis 11151 Aug 28, 2005
Steven Ellis View latest post
No new posts name your greatest momment in high school or legion baseball 104 Tanner Lorenz 40048 Aug 19, 2013
RackRunner View latest post
No new posts High School Baseball practices..? 23 Tanner Lorenz 30166 Dec 26, 2012
Turn 22 View latest post
No new posts Best place for "baggy" baseball pants? 28 Taylor 42325 Jul 10, 2011
dph2117 View latest post
No new posts College baseball for a die hard player? 6 jvandy99 11422 Dec 07, 2007
UndersizedRHP View latest post