Hey everyone, my 14U team is in a tournament and we just found out that we are playing 90' bases and 60' pitching distances. Our games have been at 80 and 54. Any advice on making this transition? We scheduled a practice game in 2 days to help prepare. My arm is strong but I know it will impact my release point. Other than just working and pitching at the new distance do you have any advice?
I am a big kid, 6'3", 200#, LH, but just graduated 8th grade so I don't have any HS experience. Dad measured my stride at 100% but we've had 6 rainouts in a row and I haven't seen live action for 10 days. He plans to send a video in from my next outing, either a bullpen session or from a game.
I pitch 2 & 4 seamers, split finger, change, and trying to get my curve under better control. This is my first season attempting a curve, my coaches don't pressure the pitch as I get a lot of grounders, pop-ups, and K's as needed. My velocity is upper 60's, low 70's; we feel is okay from 54 and for my age. I was having trouble of opening up too soon and lost some velocity that outing. The splitter worked great against a really good and aggressive hitting team, but against a weaker team they wouldn't swing. It was my out-pitch against good hitters.
One other thing, sometimes my drag trail isn't straight off the rubber. It curves in then straightens out. Does this mean anything? We measured my drag at about 18 inches. This was during a bullpen session and we just worked on mechanics that day. Thanks!!