So, I’m a cautious new Dad and have learned a lot trying to get lay down a good base for my son. We’ve been working since he’s been 5 and he handles mechanical changes really good. We have mostly been working on batting since he’s been 5, and not so much throwing. But now he’s entering kid pitch, and will be asked to throw some. Our number one goal is for him to stay healthy, throughout his career, whether that be till 12, 18 or beyond. I am a video nerd of a research crazed Dad, and of course, there’s so many different opinions out there on the correct way to pitch. We are having a hard time figuring out which pitching philosophy is “correct.”
I have lately been researching Austin Wasserman throwing philosophy, but he doesn’t really go in depth with pitching, just throwing. We’ve looked at tons of articles with driveline, rebellion, o’leary, house, dr yeager, blewitt, and all the regurgitated stuff on youtube…and basically want to see what you guys think of his mechanics and if there’s anything for us to change?
I understand he’s only 9, but its important for us to lay a good foundation and to really set up his muscle memory and to develop some good throwing habits now. He is very capable of high level mechanical changes, and i’ve tried not to tinker with much. Basically nudging him here and there, and then letting his body figure out the best way to complete it. I’ve found that naturally, his body will figure out the best way and most efficient way to execute a mechanical action, like swinging and throwing given enough repetitions and some guidance. We’ve seen some local former MLB and Minor league pitching coaches, but they are too cookie cutter, wanting to mold/change the throw to what they see as correct from their days. 90% are just not open to the listening to new data or methodology and really take offense when you bring that stuff up. So it looks like, Dad is on his own for a few more years…I also understand he’s 9 chronologically, but 8 biologically (bone scan), so we definitely dont want to apply high level throwing/pitching at him now…if unapplicable. We don’t do weighted balls, we do long toss, and some bands, and just throw.
I’m also very interested in the biomechanics and would love to visit and get some results of course, but he may be too young at this point. What got me to post was reading some stuff on Driveline and preventing UCL tears. They attribute a factor to be early scap loading, which is basically what Austin Wasserman kinda teaches. He suggest (in my understanding) to basically get into that scap load early (i could be wrong/right?). Also, holding that scap load during pitching could be bad as the elbow is stationary and the forced to move as the body moves to pitch? Trying to clarify some stuff and get more opinions…please let us know if we’re on the right track? Does his mechanics look safe for now to just let him go, or do we need to slightly adjust somethings?