My son is a 10 year-old, 5th grade (i.e. barely league-age 11) LHP with a little over a year’s experience pitching. He last threw competitively at the end of the fall season in early November. Since then, he has goofed around with throwing the football, playing basketball, and the occasional game of catch after getting a new glove for Christmas.
We decided to change leagues this spring, forsaking our old independent (unaffiliated) league for a “real” Little League. This, of course, meant tryouts–something we have never done before. To prepare for this, we started doing some light baseball workouts that included the “10-Minute Long Toss” (46’,60’, 85’) about once a week starting New Years Day. I didn’t want to get too “gung-ho”, but I also didn’t want him going into this new situation (tryouts) unprepared.
He had his tryouts last weekend and did fine (Dad was proud). What surprised me was the speed he recorded on the radar gun. I am not a big fan of these things and do not own one, but my boy has been clocked periodically by others, including last fall where he threw mainly in the mid to high 40s and peaked at 50. Last Sunday he clocked a consistent 53.
While pleased with his progress, I am wondering as to what might be the cause, or if, in fact, he has really improved at all.
Growth? He has grown a little, but it has only been a little over two months since he last played.
The Radar Gun? Do these things vary that much?
Or is it the Long Toss? Which leads me to my main question here:
How effective is Long Toss at the youth level?