Video of two-pitch warm up between innings. Not sure if it shows anything more than what the 1st inning video shows. He pitches again on Thursday, and I’ll try to get some shots from the front and the back.
[quote=“singtall”]i’m not a pro myself but i teach 11-12yr olds. many of our pitchers started out pretty much like this kid. good basic stuff for his age. what i taught the pitchers that look like your son is some simple fun things:
1) the slide: . . . a goal of 80-100% of their height as a stride length. [/quote]
Is it typical for the kids you teach to achieve 80-100% of the height as a stride length when they’re 10? I don’t see this much in our LL. His stride is much longer when he’s throwing at full velocity, but in game situation he cuts back to about 80% of full velocity which allows him to maintain a 70% - 75% strike:ball ratio. Also, would you work on this during the LL season or wait until after the season to make an adjustment. I’ve seen some Major League pitchers with short strides, and then there’s the Lincecum stride. Is this critical at this stage or something that is worked on as he matures? This is his 1st year in the majors (95% age 11 & 12, 5% age 10), and he still has two more years in LL to make adjustments. If it’s critical now, I think he’s mature enough to work on “down and out”.
At age 10, [quote=“singtall”]make it fun and don’t let him do anything that hurts his arm, including throwing too much.[/quote]
Definitely. Fun means doing his best and letting the ball bounce where it will. IMO, he just a kid having fun getting hitters out and wants to be better. He doesn’t want another kid to hit the ball off of him where the ball gets out of the infield grass.
[quote=“chew1109”] House’s evaluation of the participants found that elite pitchers throw with 40 to 60 degrees of hip/shoulder separation. The average velocity increase from the knee drill to pitchers mound was 15MPH. From that, House also concluded that about 80% of velocity was from hip/shoulder separation and 20% from stride, direction off the mound, and arm speed.
What is the typical age for kids to perfect hip/shoulder separation, where 80% of the power comes from? Although I’m aware of how important this is, I’m not sure if it’s the most important thing to focus on during the season at the age of 10, while still keep the game fun. We worked on this before the season, but once the games started, it hasn’t been a primary focus.
Thanks for the reminder. I’ll make a not of this during practice. It may take some time before it’s actually accomplished.
On a list of priorities, what are the three most important mechanic to work on for a 10 year old? It seems best to work on one mechanical flaw at a time before moving onto another one. I’ve tried to put an emphasis on balance first, hip/shoulder separation second, and the landing third. The glove location hasn’t been a focus since we’re still working on the first three. I definitely see the glove issue needs to be worked on and it not protecting him from a line drive.
Thanks for the input.