Here is a video for analysis, any advice on my son’s pitching mechanics would be appreciated.
Hello vicente, For only being 11 years old, your son has nice rhythm and timing. This is what I see:
Posture and Weight Distribution is good in the beginning of his delivery .01 - .03 in the video. His posture is in an upright position with his chin over his belly button and his shoulders are in a relaxed position. His shoulders are in a direct line with home plate.
Early Momentum and Hand Break. This is where your son lacks early weight shift down the mound. You can see this at .03 - .04 in the video. When his leg and hands start to move down, your son needs to shift his front hip towards the catcher. Be careful and just don’t throw the front hip out there without an explosive movement from the back drive leg. The front hip should lead the front shoulder. To maximize explosive weight shift, your son’s entire back foot should be pushing into the ground and back against the rubber with his weight evenly distributed over the entire back foot. The foot should stay flat and in contact with the ground as long as possible.
Here is the Wall Drill I suggest doing with your son. Just make sure he does not rush his motion, rather just work on getting things started early to create momentum and promote a longer, more powerful stride. Then you can gradually accelerate down the mound and explode into ball release… This will also help him get the rest of his body in sync. Look at the image below and you can see what I mean when I compared your son to a MLB pitcher about gaining early momentum.
Thank you very much for the information, it is very detailed and elaborated professionally. I’m already putting it into practice with my son, who will be eternally grateful.
Hey Vicente. I think his mechanics in large part are very clean. What I see is his stride is short. How I get there is his stride knee should be bent more and for a little longer. It is a timing issue. He gets over his front knee too soon. I believe a longer stride will correct the issue. I like Steve’s point too. My suggestion to get the right hip movement is do a drill called “step backs.” Google it. Essentially, you don’t want to pause at the top of the leg kick. I hope this gives you a starting point. Good luck.