[quote=“CoachPaul”]the first thing I would do is eliminate the severe side step toward first base, he then has to shift is weight toward 3rd to get back over the rubber, yet slow his body down to prevent overcompensating toward 3rd. Essentially, everything to that point is errors to correct errors and builds him no momentum.
Establishing good tempo is very important, but it should never come at the expense of robbing momentum or energy.
If he needs to go east and west before going north and south, keep the east and west distances as small as possible.
I coached a game just yesterday with an opposing 13 year old pitcher stepping so severely toward first base that his pivot foot swept completely away from the front of the rubber toward first base. After placing his pivot foot down (both feet now in contact with the ground on the first base side of the mound), he has trained his pivot foot to take a second small tap step to get it back in front of the rubber before leg lift. It was a real horror show. He walked two batters in a row, so the coach went to the mound. During the mound conference, I seized the opportunity to speak to the plate umpire in an attempt to prevent the kid some embarrassment by balking home a run I advised him to bring it up to the pitcher now because it’s an illegal delivery and if he used that delivery with a runner at 3rd, I would be expecting a balk and a run. The plate umpire said he hadn’t noticed the wind up but would look for it. He never spoke to the kid or the coach. The runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch, so the kid went back to the illegal delivery wind-up. The base umpire, who did not hear my discussion, correctly called a balk on the very next pitch and plated a run for us.
The other coach and the parent of the kid went absolutely wild. They could have avoided the penalty if the ump had just warned the kid as I suggested, or if the coaches weren’t completely oblivious to the rules, or if they hadn’t allowed the kid to form such a bad habit.
He could have simply pitched from the stretch and avoided the whole thing.[/quote]
Thank you for your help. I will have him work on it and get you another video.