It seems all that he needs now is rest and a caring pitching coach. Thanks to jlspencer for the critique on his arm position, that is something I will look for in the future.
One more piece of advice if I may.
Do yourself a favor and don’t rely on someone else to look after your son. He is at a great age for you to help him by learning everything you can about throwing a baseball.
An educated parent/coach would be the best thing for him.[/quote]
I just want to add my two cents to this post. Sorry this got so long…i just got on a roll.
Speaking as a dad who has a son who just started pitching this past spring, i want to say that making the decision to quit relying on everyone else to teach my son to play baseball was the best decision i ever made. I never played an inning of organized baseball in my life, and when my kids started playing, i always took the approach that i would just stand back and let the “experts” teach them
What ive come to realize is that even the most well intentioned coach isnt going to be able to spend the amount of time necessary to teach anything beyond the most basic skills. They probably have kids who they are teaching, a job, and 10 or 11 other kids on the team they are coaching. Giving your kid specialized help is probably way down their list of things to do. Especially if your kid is one of the “good” kids on a rec team. The coaches have to spend so much time with the kids that are just playing for the first time, or that arent very skilled, that often times they just assume the “good” kids are doing things properly, especially if they are getting good results. And thats not an indictment of them. Its just the way life is. As long as my son was playing at an All Star level, there wasnt much reason for his coaches to look at his delivery in any kind of detail.
My youngest has a smidgeon of talent, but last Summer, at the second or third All Star practice, he was showing off for his friends, without warming up, seeing how far he could throw the ball. His buddies, who had been warming up for a while, were launching throws from the foul line, and he walks up, with no warm up and says i can beat that.
And his elbow hurt for the rest of All Star practices and the tourney. He was held out of nearly all throwing aspects of practices, and didnt pitch at all until the last game of the tournament. He went from a kid who was probably going to be relied upon to be one of the main pitchers, to a kid who pitched less than one inning (like 10 pitches, after he basically begged me, and promised me his arm wasnt hurting) and had to split time with another kid at first base. He hated it. His coaches i think thought he was dogging it a little. I had no doubt that if he said his arm hurt, it hurt. There was at least a couple of subtle suggestions that perhaps he could pitch through the pain. I relented for the last game, and wished i hadnt. I was obvious after one pitch his arm wasnt right, and after anout 10 pitches, his coach had to pull him. I wish i had made him pull him after one pitch.
We took an entire month off from throwing afterwards. Then we eased back in. VERY VERY gradually.
In the meantime, i had always thought his pitching motion was kind of awkward, no matter how many people told me it looked great. His rec coach last spring was a major league pitcher for 6 years. His other coach was a Div 2 All American pitcher. So i broke out the video camera. Turns out his glove arm was doing awful things. Thanks again to everyone here (especially Coach Baker) for taking the time to educate me on this.
His coaches arent bad guys. In fact both of them are very nice, and i dont believe either of them would ever do anything to intentionally hurt a player, even if it meant losing a game. But the fact is that these two missed at least one major mechanical flaw in my kids delivery. If i hadnt been proactive and decided to start learning for myself, i would have never searched out this site, and my son would probably still be pitching with comprimised mechanics.
So, just to sum up, and piggyback on what 101 said: Learn all you can, and dont leave your kids future solely in the hands of others. Not to say you cant listen to them, but ultimately its you that has to make the final decisions.