[quote=“munster7”]I have a LH 10 year old son that is wanting to pitch this season. I started out by taking him to a local pitching coach for lessons. He has went for 8 1/2 hour lessons now and we have determined two things he need to work on.
The first is he cuffs the ball (sort of like Rick Sutcliffe) as he takes it back away from his body and he does not keep his fingers on top the ball at release causing it to spin alittle sideways making it hard to control. (hope that makes sense)
Is there any drills you know of to help correct these problems.[/quote]
I don’t consider cuffing the ball ideal however I don’t automatically consider it a problem either. I can’t think of any drills to address cuffing.
Now the sideways spin is what concerns me the most. Throwing the ball with a twist (i.e. supination) is not good for the elbow. This is how a lot of young kids try to throw curves. But twisting during forward acceleration of the arm is what causes elbow problems. I think you should definitely correct this. One option is to use a marker to draw a black stripe around the center of a ball and then have your son practice throwing it such that the stripe stays centered. An alternative is to color one entire half of the ball black and then throw it such that the black half stays on one side. He won’t be able to do either of these if he’s twisting.