First time blogger. My 14 yr. old son, Jordan, pitched a complete game today (playing on varsity team)and was very sharp. He hit his spots very well (with exception of a couple of pitches on 0-2 counts). Kept the ball down and worked ahead on 21/28 batters faced with no walks. The hard work and knowledge gained from your instuction is paying off. I video taped his delivery today and while reviewing it this evening I noticed something I hadn’t really picked up on before. Jordan lands in a good postion (stride length is about 85%), but as he begins to rotate his trunk and move over his front leg his back foot drags off the rubber and his toe lifts up off the ground. Specifically, his back foot rotates properly, it’s just that when I freeze the video just as he is about to release the ball out of hand, his back foot (toe) is about 3-4" off the ground (and his foot also drags about 10" off the rubber). We “Googled” a bunch of pitchers (Clemens, Schilling, Prior, Hudson) in the exact same position just as they are about to release the ball and their back toe is still on the ground and in contact with the rubber.
I wonder if this is a core strength issue? Obviously this is something we need to work on but my question is do you feel I should be overly concerned with his back toe coming up off the ground at just prior to release? Or, his foot dragging so far off the rubber? I know this has to effect his stabelization some but it doesn’t seem to effect his control in any way unless he has just “trained” his muscles to compensate for this. Is he leaving some velocity of the table because of this? I would be interested in your thoughts on this.