After reading over a previous post I couldn’t help but share my opinion on kids throwing hard. I get the fact that pitching is not about throwing. But at that age I wouldn’t worry about throwing strikes or changing speeds. No way. My kid’s intent will be to throw the ball hard. There is something to be said about trying to throw the ball hard. He has all the time in the world to learn the art of pitching and the importance of changing speeds, etc… Teaching kids the finer points of pitching is much simpler than movement patterns (mechanics) and teaching kids the importance of learning how to throw hard. Give him the ball with a simple goal, throw it hard and he will begin to figure it out. The old saying goes, “you never forget how to throw hard” I disagree, I don’t think most kids learn to throw hard. It’s never a focus and so often are told to just throw strikes. “Don’t throw it as hard as you can, you will hurt your arm.” We treat kids to be fragile.
Trust me, I understand the importance of pitching. What I am saying is that at a younger age, the focus should be on throwing and teaching the kid it’s OK to throw the ball hard. Who cares if a kid can throw a change, curve ball, etc… He will learn that later. The one characteristic that I have found with guys in the big leagues and elite pitchers is that if you ask them or see them on a daily basis, they try to throw the ball hard and always have. It is tough to change or make a kid go out and throw the ball because of the information and mindset of “I don’t want to hurt my arm.” This has been engrained.
I have found that guys that like to throw find other guys that like to throw. Guys that don’t like to throw find other guys that don’t like to throw. Whether you like it or not, sooner or later you are going to be evaluated by the radar gun. Coaches and scouts are guilty of being “gun hounds” and that’s the nature of the beast.
We get ticked off at parents that just worry about throwing it hard. Why?