First, thanks for the welcome messages to my introduction post.
Hereby I want to introduce my son, Sem. He is 9 years old. This year he will be playing at Little League level as a pitcher in The Netherlands. Last season he played in a level after Tee ball (I believe that is Minor League in the US) with coach pitch.
They wanted him to play in a Little League team already last year, but I didn’t want that. He had only played for one year and he just turned 8. I figured that it all was going too fast for him. Because if this didn’t work out for him he might just quit baseball. I taught him how to throw in Tee Ball and last year I taught him how to pitch. He is an eager student, just like a sponge he absorbs all the information he receives.
This is a story I want to share with you (because I am so proud of him)
Last season he was asked to play the final game with the little league team of our club. The first inning he played at center field. After the first inning he asked the coach if he could pitch and the coach, somewhat surprised by his question (me too, knowing that he is a little bit shy) agreed with him and send him to the mound.
What I saw made me so extremely proud. When he started to warm up everybody looked at him with open mouths. Then the first batter was up and Sem struck him out with only three balls. The second batter struck out and the third batter also. The crowd, coaches, players, my dad and I could not believe what we saw. Everything Sem and I practiced worked out very well. They let him pitch another inning and yet again he struck out two more, got one hit, struck out another and he won the game. His grandfather and I were really proud of him. And so was everybody on his team.
Before his first pitching performance I didn’t know if he was capable of pitching at this level, but now I know he can. But how does it look really? Have I learned him the proper mechanics so far? Do we have to work on something?
He throws about 45 miles an hour. We work on his control right now. I’ve made a canvas tarp for him with the strike zone divided into 9 sections. Whenever he wants he goes outside with a bag of balls and throws at it. Or he goes out with his brother (age 6 and a catcher) and they throw a couple of balls.
Please, give me some feedback.
Hope to hear from you soon.