Hi all. Finished up pitch coaching my first year of 8U’s. Saw some nice progress with the little guys.
It seems to me that coming to a paused Balance Point (top of leg raise) is killing rhythm and momentum, and even balance with some of our young pitchers. Since this was the first year of pitching for them, we did lots of rudimentary drills and exercises, and only focused on training a few major movements in the pitch windup. I had them do lots of stationary balance drills, holding a stationary leg raise for 10+ seconds, etc., so they could gain some consistency in starting their movements.
Throughout the season, a couple of our pitchers picked up a “pause habit” at leg raise during the games, and it seemed to affect their accuracy. Earlier in the season, when their leg raise, drop, and stride was more fluid and they avoided that very upright paused balance point, they seemed to pitch better.
I’m wondering if stationary one-leg balance drills, holding for several seconds, are good or bad for young pitchers? Does it encourage them to bleed power and momentum by standing up too straight and still at leg raise?
I played around with widening their stance in stretch/set position, almost forcing them to avoid that vertical balance point pause at leg raise, leaving the hips out in front of the stance leg “head starting” them to hip lead. And of course, verbal cues to not pause, keep the leg raise and stride moving smoothly, etc.
Anyone have familiarity, and advice, with what I’m talking about?