I thought about having him pitch from the stretch [/quote]
A local pitching coach was at one of our recent games where my son, who is also 10, pitched. It was a fairly typical game for him, meaning he threw with good velocity and control, throwing 70% strikes. He has a 6:1 SO:BB ratio for the year. His comment was my son’s delivery, which is always from the stretch, was simple with few moving parts. And the fewer moving parts meant fewer chances of something going wrong.
If I knew solution for this I could bottle it and make millions. :think: In the same game, within his 1st four pitches there was an E-5, a very well hit double, and several pass balls on called strikes that allowed both runners to score. Four pitches, two unearned runs, and the potential for chaos to break out. Instead of letting the game get away, he barreled down and struck out the next three on 11 pitches, then came back and struck out the sides in the next inning on 12 pitches. I asked him after the game what was going through his mind when the second runner scored, and his reply was that he determined that nobody would hit the ball from then on. He never mentioned the errors or the bad play around him, never bad-mouthed his team mates just focused on what he needed to do. His strikes were on, and nobody came close to hitting the ball. He has a pitchers mind set, but it wasn’t taught.