duck I have to guess you folks are early into it. Inside is good 8)
You say he plunked a kid, how did he react? How did you react? The reason I ask, is that hitting a batter is part of the deal. It shouldn’t be altogether traumatic, it should be looked at as a matter of course and (While making sure he’s just not throwing at the batter…which you can bet does happen…just shouldn’t at an early age) you should be really ignoring it and working to bring his focus back…A former major leaguer who is a very good friend of mine was a catcher, it was his philosophy to approach the pitcher and to “break” the spell so to speak…he usually did it with a wise crack (I have a couple of photo’s of him at the mound and both he and the pitcher have grins on their mugs). Your purpose should be getting your guy to move on and not worry about it…like I said to the point of almost ignoring it…(Ask him where he was trying to throw it and what he thinks made him miss…he may not know but the “process” will redirect his thinking back to the task at hand).
It sounds like he’s trying to “load”, which, yes is a method of increasing momentum and if timed correctly will increase velocity…I would guess he picked it up watching (What he thinks) better pitchers and is trying to “gas” up. My son does that but as Roger pointed out it needs to be properly done…things that can happen from doing it improperly include a loss of accuracy (Hummmm), what happens is that by doing it in an uncontrolled manner he may be making his mechanics erratic (May not for example get his front foot down with the right timing and in the case of being late he’ll end up inside on a righty if he’s a righty). One of the goals of who-ever “teaches” a pitcher is to make efficient mechanics…that are repeatable everytime.
Back to the early part…if as you (Sorry for reading stuff into it but this isn’t a conversation so I have to create a premise) are as early into this as you sound, first off…relax (I wish I would have learned THAT early :lol: ) you have plenty of time and worrying about a bit of a “bad” (No such thing for a young kid…just another opportunity to learn and teach) outing is unnecessary…yes everyone wants success, but one has to crawl to walk, walk to run…He will have “moments”…even after he’s done great for long periods…My boy had the lowest era in the history of his high school…but in college that didn’t impress anyone :lol: and he got lit up a couple of times…I for one would rather forget…(As a good pitcher he of course was tic’d afterward but soon left it behind).
Pitching is a process of development that never really ends until you do. So during this process there will be the good and bad…as with life, we’d all like for our kids to never fall short of their dreams…but in the end all we can really do is facillitate the learning, have a shoulder when it’s tough and love em…while we get to enjoy watching them grow in a healthy way.