My 11 y.o. son has been having a great year but a few weeks ago he started pulling his glove side shoulder out early and his control suffered some as a result. Despite my efforts to describe it, he said he couldn’t feel any difference in his mechanics and didn’t know what was wrong. I tried to tell him what I was seeing, but nothing was clicking for him.
On Sunday I had him watch some pre-season video we shot when he was throwing pretty well and I described the difference between what he was doing now (i.e., pulling his g.s. shoulder out early) and what he was doing then (i.e., delaying shoulder rotation and staying closed). He immediately picked up on the problem. We went outside and threw in the driveway. Within a half dozen pitches, he was back in old form. Monday he pitched one of his best games, striking out 11 in four innings.
Lesson learned: Video can be worth thousands of dad’s words. Having video of your kid’s mechanics when things are working well can be a great diagnostic tool when something is slightly off that he can’t pinpoint on his own.