Can anyone help me with giving a more intelligent answer to the following question one of my 11 year old players asked:
What is the benefit of pitching from the windup? Do you get more power from the windup position?
Thanks to anyone who can help me give this lad an intelligent answer.[/quote]
IT not that you get so much more power from the windup opposed to the stretch, although the potential for more seems plausible. It has more to do with the energy it takes to create that power and being able to sustain it throughout. In short many think the windup conserves energy.
In general pitchers are balanced or they are not balanced obviously more skill the more balanced. For many may be just as easy to maintain good balance from the windup especially if the above has merit, which it does. From the stretch you create less motion while performing the task in less time this depletes energy more quickly because your requiring more energy for the task. A solid case could be made for using more energy in the stretch exclusively. This is a good reason why its important to perform the correct training in preparation for a season. Please dont mistake the last sentence as a prescription for vast amounts of cardio work, it isnt.