It’s not very often that I really break down a 9 or 10 year old mechanics. After reading my above post and reading an article from a person I really respect in the industry, I realized I probably made the above way too complicated for any youth pitcher to understand. So while I am all about teaching correct movement patterns and advanced training along with maximizing mechanical efficiencies with the older pitchers, my approach with very young pitchers will be different. When teaching pitchers this young, be sure to teach them a good foundation and to keep it positive and fun.
So here are some tips for teaching pitching movements to youth baseball pitchers.
Always, always, always be patient with them. Pitching can be totally overwhelming for our young ones out there.We sometimes as coaches and parents have so much information we want to relay to them, that they certainly wont understand and they walk away totally confused. So for our youth pitchers, start small. It will be so much more beneficial for them if you focus on one specific aspect of his/her delivery or movement and work on that movement until he/she gets it.
Keep your throwing drills fun and simple to understand. So what would be a good guideline to follow? Instead of me breaking down mechanics like I did above which is way too complicated for a young pitcher to understand, below I am listing some basic throwing drills that will help teach good mechanics (movements) for young pitchers. So if I may paraphrase: Work on each drill until they have nailed it.
A. Throwing drills to help them get the arms in sync and working together.
B. Throwing drills to help the youth pitcher create early momentum and get his body moving towards the catcher.
C. Throwing drills to help them stay within their driveline.
D. Throwing drills to help them with their glove side.
There is really no need to make it anymore complicated than this. Moving forward, instead of really over complicating the many movements in the pitching delivery for the very young, I will help advise parents on the throwing drills above : )