Thanks for the comments! He’s really had no formal coaching, just the local LL coaches, all which have told him completely different things.
I have finally decided that I need to get more involved because the advice he has been getting over the last 2 years have been all over the map. I have now learned that the “arm slot” should be a natural occurrence, we spent 2 seasons ago trying to throw completely overhand, over the shoulder, because a coach insisted that is the way it is done. We burned countless hours trying to do a movement that was completely unnatural to my son.
Bottom line, since my son is not the start pitcher, no coach has really given him the time of day…and I don’t know how.
My background is judo, and as a kid I got gold in the Pan Am games and won the nationals a few times. Judo’s main goal is “maximum efficiency with minimal effort.” Timing and technique is everything, if you want to flip someone over your body flat onto their back. If you time things right it’s like magic, they guy flys over you with very little effort and comes smashing down to the ground.
As you can see in the first few clips some of these guys catch their opponent close to the exact right time and up and over they go… with ease. Others are purely using power and strength and muscle a guy over, not the point of judo. Clean, fast, swift technique with perfect timing is what it is all about to me.
Quite frankly I see all sports this way and pitching is by far the one you want to get as right as possible or you risk injury. We’ve already had a close call and it completely freaks me out. So my choices are 1) Have him quit baseball 2) Get it together and figure it out.
So I am trying to figure this out on the most basic level. I think I get the use of the hips and not “opening up” too soon. And I most definitely get using the whole body and not just the arm.
At this point I have just told my son to do what he feels comes most naturally to him, so this is the technique he feels most comfortable with at the moment. What he was trying to do in the clip was 1) “Equal and opposite elbows” 2) Staying sideways as long as he can, open up lead foot to home plate just before landing (to initiate hips) 3) Come up on toe after lead foot lands 4) Drag the back toe
As we all know, telling a player to do too many things at once usually ends with a confusing result. So I am trying to keep it simple, but really am only guessing. Which I think is really dangerous.
This is the technique he says comes most natural to him. Should we scrap it and do something else? Or is there tweaks we can do to make it work?
Again guys, thank you sooooo much for your input. All comments and advice is totally welcome from this clueless dad.