We had three kids throw that day and all of them control problems. All three seem to miss glove side and in the dirt, over and over and over again.
We have been working this fall with them on creating more momentum and a faster tempo down the mound just like you hear everyone talking about these days. Is it possible that teaching this has created another problem of trying to get more velocity of out the body than what is there?
I talked about this with a few people over the last few days and they all agree that yes there is such a thing as overthrowing.
Overthrowing to them is trying to the throw or muscle the ball to the plate at a speed that your body or mechanics are not able to maintain control.
I guess there has to be a point where your body or mechanics are not able to support the level of effort that you are asking from it to throw a baseball. If I went out and tried to throw the ball as hard as I could to the catcher I know I would not be able to consistently throw strikes.
If I threw at a 80% level where I can control my body and timing I think I would have be able to throw a lot more strikes then the 100% effort throws.
So do you back off in games to a level that you can control or do you keep pushing the momentum and tempo and watch kids struggle to find success?