bbrages - he’s not smaller. in fact he’s bigger at 55in / 75lb, both over 75%-tile for 9-yo boy (turned 9 couple of weeks ago). but the arm strength is just not there due to lack of practice/usage i guess. he only plays bball in spring. probably part of that is genetic, too :lol:
but because he’s the oldest and tallest on the team and has better control than most of his teammates, the coach wanted/needed him to be onf of the first kids to be ready for players pitch games. there’s one other 8-yo kid who plays football 3 seasons a year who’s got a bigger arm, but he’s only one kid and we need like four of them.[/quote]
When my oldest son was 12 he wanted to make the LL All Star team. He had three problems: He couldn’t hit, field or throw. But he was big. He was always well over 100% height and weight for his age. He looked very athletic, but threw the ball like a girl. My fault here. He didn’t start throwing until age 6, and by then, the natural throwing motion that should have been learned wasn’t learned. We talked about it. To make the All Star team, he had to stand out in at least one area, and preferably two. Fielding was out, since he would never get the chance. But he could learn to hit and throw. So, we hit the back yard every day during the spring. I bought a bucket of balls, and he swung at 100’s of pitches every evening. At first, he would swing and miss every ball in the bucket. But, he worked hard, and by the 1st game, was able to regularly go yard. After hitting, we would play catch. I worked with him on a few basics, but mostly we would just paly catch. By the start of the season, his arm strength was the best (next to his little brother) on his team, and left field was his. We did this all spring, and finally as the games started, I put him on the mound and worked on pitching. Again, just a few pointers to keep him focused on the plate. The object was to throw as hard as you can, and keep everything coming to the plate. Three days a week he threw bullpen with me in the backyard. 20 pitches day 1. Then 40 pitches on day 2 and 3. He never got to pitch in a game during the season, but did hit quite a few home runs. (He was 2nd in the league that year, in only 19 official at bats.) The championship game came. My younger son pitched a gem to get us there, and we had several of the older boys who were the All Stars to pitch the final game. After two inning, out starter had walked six, but somehow only gave up a run. To start the third, he walked the first three batter, and the coach suprised everyone by calling my son in from left field to pitch. He finally made it to the game. The championship game, trailing 1 - 0, 3rd inning, bases loaded, and he’s making his pitching debut. Shocked! But he was ready. He’d been working quietly away from the action learning how to throw. He’s gone from throwing like a girld to pitching the championship game. And pitch he did. Throwing in the mid 60’s, and with a sinker ball that stunned every player, coach and parent in attendance, he finished the game allowing one hit and a walk, striking out 10, and hitting the game winning 300’ home run to center field. The last pitch was a sinker against the best hitter in the league. As the hitter stood stunned at the plate, arms up asking what the “heck” was that pitch, the umpire calmly said, “that, my son, is a strike!.” (I taked with the umpire the other day, and he still remembers that last strike. Outside corner, at the knees, sinker.) He started the season at the bottom of the pecking order, perceived as being non-athletic because he couldn’t throw and was awkward; he finished the season out-dueling the league’s ace and smashing a long, game-winning home run.
My story here is to work with your son behind the scene. Hard work pays off. Even a kid who’s not athletic and throws like a girl can overcome these obstacles through hard work and determination. He didn’t make the All-Stars. The coaches, who are very bias and son centered, disregarded what he accomplished and picked the same kids they always did. They lost in the 1st round because they had no power hitter and no power pitcher. He doesn’t play baseball anymore, but played varsity basketball as a freshman and sophomore. He’s still not the most coordinated kid on the block, but works hard to be a part of the action.