[quote=“singtall”] you can see many of the same pitching flaws as my son Nicolas, but Kyle is like Nicolas was 2 weeks ago…throwing strikes. because my son went from throwing 60% strikes to 30% strikes in the last two weeks, i hate to mess with this kids mechanics. but since his dad wants to see him throw with more velocity, i know he is going to ask me what to change next.
Kyle is throwing 44-46mph average right now. he is 11 years old. the average 11 year old here throws between 40-45mph according to my gun tonight.
what do you suggest guys?
What I would suggest is to quit worry so much about throwing strikes and start concentrating on developing your players!
Now don’t get all tweaked singtall I’m not berating you.
But I am suggesting that at this point in these players baseball lives (and for the next few years AT LEAST) that you should be solely concentrating on developing HOW they throw (or hit for that matter), and not what the results are (balls and strikes). I see it all the time (even in older kids who are being taught by “professional” pitching coaches). They concentrate on the (wrong) result (balls/strikes), and not HOW the ball got there (how it was thrown).
For the most part the balls and strikes will take care of themselves if the throwing mechanics are optimal and efficient. It may be difficult to watch for a while (it’s not easy watching your kids fail), but if you keep focused on the long term goals of player development, and don’t give up on what you’re working on just because they are struggling in games, it’s worth it in the end.
At 11 years old these games are pretty much meaningless in the grand scheme of things, and I’ve seen MANY of the “studs” at 12, 13, even 14 fall off to the side of the road by time they get into HS. They either get passed by the kids who are actually working on their skills, or they get so overworked when they are young that they have nothing left by time they are in HS.
So you have a choice. Have a “little league stike thrower” who makes everyone happy (regardless of HOW he is throwing the ball), or struggle making changes for a while that will pay off 10 fold years down the road.
OK, with that said you could have him start by using the drill I suggested for your son. Focus on arm action, then posture moving out, and then rhythm/timing of it all.
IMO…just trying to help.