I’ve been thinking about what are the goals and expectations for what I would like my son to achieve this year. Last year we had some basic goals which we tried to meet: 62% strike efficiency, command of a 2nd pitch to go with the FB, and consistency. Three things he has control over.
This year’s goals:
•65% strike efficiency. He ended up last year at 62% and was 65% for his last three games.
•gaining confidence in his 2nd and 3rd pitch so he can throw it on any count
•continue to be consistent no matter what the umpire does or whether his defense catches the ball or not (i.e. control emotions)
•improve on fielding and
•adding a change up and using it at least once per game.
I’ve thought about adding the wind up, but am leaning on waiting until next year or even HS before adding it. I don’t see much significance for it at LL/youth level.
What other goals would be appropriate for this age? Longer term goal would be to have command of three to four pitches, be an excellent fielder, and have a basic understanding of what it is to be a pitcher and not a thrower before he gets to HS