Well dad… the kids got the Moxie for it … I’ll say that much for the boy!!
For a nine year old he’s got the stuff for a pretty good looking progression into the next age group. And at that age, it’s what feels comfrotable and without pain that’s important.
His body english is such that in a few more years he’ll either lose some of that extra bulk around the hips and belly… or… he’ll fill out and turn that baby posture into bulk and muscle. And there in lies a great advantage for your son.
I would work on a reasonable pattern of development that doesn’t ask too much of your boy now… simple body movements that progress effortless form and posture. Which by the way he’s showing now… somewhat. I’d suggest slowing the youngster down so his muscle memory starts to ingrain a good delivery that uses that weight advantage that he now has… but incorportate some light shoulder and arm excercises to go along with it.
Take your son to a local college baseball clinic that offers “pitchers day”.
Call or e-mail the nearest college and ask when and where.
But right now, for every day enjoyment – be part of his experience with this great game… and it’s values of fair play and skills assesment.
As far as his showmenship… I wouldn’t change a thing… the young man seems to have a handle on the sprit of having a good time…
He is a joy, and I’m amazed that he puts up with me. Today we started working on creating more shoulder/hip separation although you can’t tell from this video. Do you have any good drills that will help?
for hip shoulder seperation you could do the knee drill. in this drill you drop to your knees, then you point your knees at a 45 dgree angle to the target, then you throw with both knees on the ground.
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The following NPA drills can be used to work on hip/shoulder separation:
(1) Knee drill as mentioned above. Have the pitcher focus on rotating the shoulders back to create separation before throwing.
(2) Mirror drill.
(3) Rocker Drill.
for a description of the knee drill and rocker drill. Look [url=http://letstalkpitching.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1578&highlight=mirror+drill[/url] for a description of the mirror drill.
Thanks guys. I’ve been reading House’s “The Pitching Edge” and realized from this video that he (my son) does a lot of good things except for the short stride and lack of late torso rotation. He’s an easy teach and I look forward to posting his progress.
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