Velocity isn't everything. Our school has won 4 New York state championships and have had 5 or 6 players drafted that either came straight from high school or went to college and got drafted in the last 3 years. But on our freshman team we had kids throwing upper 70's with some touching close to 80. But our ace throws 74-76 with good movement, had great control, and a very good changeup and curveball combo. On another topic, none of the kids at our school wrecked their arms throwing curveballs when they were 8. The earliest any of our pitchers start throwing curveballs is 13 or 14u and some were just fastball changeup pitchers until high school. So stop talking about this velocity bull, yes it helps, but it is more important to stay healthy and learn to control your pitches first.