I would like to start by saying thank you to anyone who responds to this. My son started pitching last year at age 8 and did very well. He was one of the top pitchers on the team and maybe in the league for that division. He is accurate and has great velocity for a small framed kid. He seemed to really enjoy it and was always in a positive mindset. However, even though this season has not yet started, his attitude as well as accuracy are highly inconsistent during any practice we have had. He is a good kid and has some natural ability. He’s no phenom but again he is very good for his age. I fear that my pushing him last year to perform has all but soured the game for him (playing wise that is). Yet when I try to back away, he gets upset. How do you find the balance? Mechanically I think he is alright. He has had some clinics where they said he was close. The people who see him think he is amazing just to have any mechanics at all. Unfortunately I am not very good at throwing myself, nevermind pitching, and he basically has learned everything from what I’ve read and seen and also through his coach of the last 2 years who is very dedicated and who is now a good friend of mine. He loves baseball, reads constantly about it, watches it, and at every party at his friends homes, he just goes outside and throws a tennis ball against the wall. After they lost the championship game last year and the majority of his teammates were upset, he ran around cheering that they got second. I can’t help but respect that.
So I guess my questions are how do you help someone with natural talent achieve their potential without overdoing it and how do you help remind yourself that it is just a game and he is just a kid?
And most importantly, how do you keep him focused and happy through all the hard work?
Also, is it likely for someone to just forget how to pitch and that the entire prior season was a fluke?
Thank you all for your time.