Hey guys, Just wanted your thoughts on the change up. Today, my 10 year old son just had his first practice with his summer team and was working on pitching with one of his coaches. After throwing for a little bit, he was asked to throw a change up. After throwing a few, the coach seemed to think there wasn’t much of a velocity difference compared to his fastball. And you know, he may be right. His circle-change is probably 2-4 mph slower at most, but I always thought it was fine because it breaks inside(he’s still inconsistent, but 7 out of 10 they usually break inside).
So guys, what do you reccomend? Should he just keep throwing his circle change the way he has? Is it just the hands and mound distance that doesn’t give the pitch the drop in speed? Should I listen to his coach and tell him to throw it slower? I always heard that a change up should be thrown like a fastball, and that the grip will give more spin and slow it down. Maybe he should choke the ball more like a palmball?
I don’t know, I guess this coaches reaction today really made me question the change up in youth baseball. He could always just slow his arm speed, but I never really thought of that as a change up. It might work now, but the older he gets I feel like that will be more ineffective. I honestly thought the velocity difference will show more with an increase in mound difference, but maybe I’m wrong. Maybe he just isnt throwing it right.
Okay I think I’m done rambling now… haha I would love to hear your opinion