[quote=“Coach Baker”]My reference to pitchers that seem to gravitate their area of confidence rather high - like chest high and at the shoulders, do so mainly because of their height and slim physique. Not always of course, but enough to draw some inferences.
These pitchers have almost a brittle composition to their delivery motion. Their muscular adpatation to what their trying to accomplish, pitching or not, can stay with a youngster for life or be just a phase of growing up or just a developmental issue. In any event, a pattern of accomplishments in easy stages is best for an athlete of this kind. Over extending the body’s ability to concentrate and accomplish any desired result(s) has two conflicting activities all competing for attention at the same time - that is brute force verses deliberate, systematic and rythumic movement.
With tall, slim pithcers not yet in their teens, and even many in their teenage years, they tend to keep their glove high with very little control as their body stays upright while their pitching arm bears the prunt of the pitch. In doing so, deliberate concentration of controlling the glove side is usually forgone and the glove arm and hand flops down at the side or hangs in the air. Strides are usually very short, again, sustaining their balance as the upper body seems brittle and the pitching arm is relied upon heavly.
Leg lifts can be another problem for these youngsters, being too high or too low without much reason. Too high and the youngster planks the stride foot down with a stomp, too low and the younger usually short steps the stride off a center line from his instep of his pivot foot that should extend directly to home plate, hence his stride is off to one side or the other and ends up pitching accross himself.
If you could post some video it would be very helpful. In any event, I hope I addressed some of your concerns. If not, would you please focus my response to a specific observation of a subject(s) pertaining to your son. We’ll just take it step by step.
I’ll see if I can find a copy of his delivery, I’ll post it for comments. His last LL start was taped, and he’s pitching a game this weekend which I can video. He hasn’t pitched in six or so weeks, so we’ll see how he does. For his age, he’s tall and medium built (10-years 1-month, 5’-2" 100lbs). He has a high leg kick, long stride and finishes low to medium, but doesn’t always use a high leg kick. He doesn’t use blunt force, but is more fluid in his delivery, letting his body pull his arms towards the plate. Of course, he seems to make adjustments each time depending on the type of mound, humidity, heat , etc. His glove seems to be counter-balanced with his pitching arm.