Thank you for your feedback. I deeply respect you and what you have been able to do in baseball and your investment in the future of the game. I never played baseball myself but I respect the game and people who have excelled and/or endured.
I sincerely appreciate the objective feedback and love it particularly because throwing harder is something I believe I can easily encourage Raine to do (and it doesn't take a lot of pitching mechanics knowledge)
QUESTION: What is the best drill to encourage a kid to throw harder? Long toss? How far should a 15-year old long toss?
Here is the feedback on 'staying back' and 'timing.'
Raine: "Slowing your front leg down so that your arm has time to get in position."
Pro: "Wave analogy: the body creates a rhythm, like a wave of energy going toward the target. Staying back means your letting the arm (surfer) get into the wave so the body provides acceleration as we start the arm toward the target."
DAD: From my perspective, I thought 'staying back' was late hip rotation, belly button starting to point toward the catcher, and the shoulders still 90 degrees to the target (active hips/quiet shoulders).
Question: Are we all talking about the same thing?
Pro: "Raine is just a little late breaking his hands or a little early going forward with his body, depending upon how you look at it. When he feels the proper rhythm, watch out.
Although I ask my son questions about pitching, I rarely if ever talk mechanics to him (I wouldn't know where to start) so again, encouraging him to throw harder should be easy (and fun). I may have to go get an umpire mask now though. Thank you so much.