[quote=“southcarolina”][quote=“littlelefty”]He appears to be putting very little effort into his pitches. Whether it’s 75%, as he says, or 50%, as it looks to me, my understanding is that, except for warming up, pitchers should always pitch hard (Dick Mills) (I know, I know).
In the first set of “side view” pitches, with each pitch he gets less and less extension of his GSA. That, with his deliberate “75%” or “50%” effort, is certainly not helping his momentum and causing him to pitch “standing up”.
In the second set of “front view” pitches, it looks like he’s trying to throw harder, but it’s “all arm” with little to no body drive and follow through.
I’ve never heard of a coach who wants his pitchers to pitch at 75% capacity, and wonder about the long term consequences of such activity.
In short, your son looks smooth, and looks like he could throw hard, but he has to be let loose![/quote]
I guess i should have been more detailed. His coach doesn’t “want” him to pitch slower, but he has had wildness issues and his coach has told him that he would prefer strikes at a lower velocity than balls 8 feet over the batter at higher velocity.
As far as him throwing all arm, I agree. I feel like from the beginning of his motion through his front foot planting he is OK moving toward home, but then everything just stops, and he just arms it up there.[/quote]
Whether the coach intends it or not, his instruction is causing your son to pitch at less than full momentum.
I don’t think it’s physically possible to perform a proper windup and follow through at 50%, or even 75%. That’s like asking a golfer to swing a driver at 25% to hit the ball 75 yards; he won’t do it; he’d rather take a full swing with a pitching wedge.
As for his “wildness” when he throws hard, the problem is obviously something in his mechanics, but we can’t see that in a video of him throwing 50% or 75%. Perhaps you should video him throwing hard, including a view from behind the catcher, and the experts here can have at it.
As an aside, when your son practices pitching at full velocity, is he throwing to a glove only, or to a batter? Having someone stand in with a bat and helmet will make pitching practice far more effective and help improve control. On my Little League team whenever the pitchers are throwing bullpens we always have a batter stand in.