[quote]For a frame of reference, there are a two 13 year olds and one 14 year old on this thread (if it helps your son to see what others his age are doing with their lower half…they’re definitely not perfect, but at least it could possibly be used as an illustration re intent/athleticsm):
The meaning of throwing with intent to throw fast . . .
For my 13 year old, there’s a huge difference in velocity when he’s intent on throwing the ball past the hitter, and when he’s throwing for location. A few evenings back, he came in to pitch the last inning of a tight game against a bitter rival. It was late, getting dark, and all we had to do was get three outs to win the game. For the first two hitters, he reared back, smoke coming from his nostrils, and blew fastballs past their #3 and 4 hitter. With two outs, the game close to being called bacause of darkness, his intent changed from throwing heat to making sure he threw strikes and didn’t walk a batter. He went to control and threw for location. The velocity wasn’t there, but the pitches were spot on - about an inch outside. He walked him, the game was called due to darkness, and the score reverted back to the previous inning. We lost!
After the game, my son’s comment was, “If I just reared back and threw it hard, I would have struck him out and we would have won. It’s my fault we loss.” The snack bar was open, so we enjoyed some food. Meanwhile, the opposing team came up to him and started talking. They were gracious, agreeing that the umpires shouldn’t have called the game due to darkness. They couldn’t get their bats around in time to hit the ball if it was full daylight. Fear and respect were in their eyes, for if you’ve ever seen a 6’ 180# 13 year old throwing with all passion as hard as he can, it’s scary. His face gets contorted, the delivery is violent, and 55’ seems awfully close. I’m sure they were exagerrating, but each of the kids knew why the umpire stopped the game. The umpire stated the reason he called the game was because the pitcher was pitching too fast and the hitters couldn’t see the ball. I think the umpires called it because of the fierceness shown in my son’s face and delivery. They were afraid he could hurt someone!
I’ve watched every pitch, and it’s not too often that he pitches with such violent intent to throw as hard as he can. And there’s a visible and emotional difference.
p.s. IMHO, there are other kids in 14U who throw harder then he does on a regular basis. It’s not the velocity that gets people talking, it’s the intent, the violence in the delivery, the contortion in the face, that puts the fear of God into the hitters mind.