Hey Roger - Thanks for the response. I don’t see myself as consciously trying to make my pitchers “look” a certain way. However, I guess one could argue that pitching (and hitting) mechanics are just that. Making a player look a certain way at a certain point in time during their motion.
On one hand, I like to try and get behind the “play harder” coaching philosophy with young kids. ie, dont try and fix stuff, just tell them throw as hard as they can, swing as hard as they can, run as hard as they can.
On the other hand, i know that throwing mechanics, in particular, are very hard to adjust once a kid has developed their mechanics (usually by 7 years old). They tend to lock into those mechanics and cant change them until they are in their teens when they put instruction into practice.
So to my point, when i watch this kid throw I can literally hear all the old pitching cliches echoing in my ears.
“Dont push the ball”
“Stay on top of the ball”
“Elbow above the shoulder”
"Reach and snap down"
None of which apply to this child.
Anyway, I will definitely look at his feet next time to see when he is landing. Ive been so mesmerized but his funky arm I havent even looked at his lower half