Just wanted to say thanks for putting together the page showing and describing the different grips for various pitches.
I printed it out the other day and my 8 year old read everyone of them all on his own and was interested in the “beginners curve”. So, while playing catch he threw it to me a couple times with not much success but he tried. Now, before I take too much heat I know all about NOT having kids throw curve balls until in the teens but he was curious so I let him try while I supervised.
Which brings us to last nights game; we were up big and my little guy got put on the mound and was doing pretty well picking off the first batter at first-base after he got a hit and then striking out the second batter. The third batter had made a huge hit off our best pitcher in a previous inning so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
My little guy threw a fast ball for a strike on the beginning pitch and was feeling good so I told him to try the curve and he shook his head “no”, fiddled with the ball in his glove, came “set” and began his motion. I see his hands break and his finger sticking out as he’s coming over and watch his wrist snap downwards and see the ball break out-to-in and up-to-down and land perfectly in the catchers mitt and ‘Blue’ gives the sign…STRIKE! The smile on my little guys face was priceless!!! Not bad for a first attempt from the hump! He proceeded to throw a change-up the next pitch, which landed in dirt and then a fast-ball striking out the kid and ending the inning and game.
Fun to watch and he was flying high after the game!