Is this 5-step process a 5-step drill? That is, does the pitcher progress through the 5 steps with a pause after each step?
Also, what do you mean by leading with the elbow? Much of what I have read here indicates leading with the glove, thereby keeping the glove and ball apart “equally and balanced”.[/quote]
Yes, this can be done as a five step drill with a pause before each next step. During the pause he can be repositioned or if needed restart the sequence. After he runs through the drill dry with no ball 5-6 times add the ball and repeat with him releasing to a target emphasizing his follow through. This should help him get the feel of correct positioning through release. Finally, finish with no pauses. Velocity doesn’t matter, meake sure his mechanics all of the way through are correct, including the finish.
Leading with the elbow instead of the glove can have a few different advantages.
First, it will help him stay closed thoughout his motion. Being young he may have or develop the tendency to swing his GS arm outward rather than pulling back toward his body as his arm comes through(throwing motion).
Second, it may allow him to keep weight on his back side longer, giving him more “push” off the rubber and generating more power.
Third, it will allow him to finish with his glove tucked near his chest without so much movement on his GS. This again takes away the sweeping motion with his GS arm allowing him to stay closed longer and also puts his glove in a good natural fielding position.
Like I said, not gospel, and alot of people might disagree, but I know it worked for my son.