[quote=“jdfromfla”]I asked because it was how I conditioned mine. We threw “all the time”…til he was 19 anyway
My reasoning is this, the act is such a terrific bonding mechanism first and foremost, but we in a very unstructured and fun way we were able to work on accuracy, pitch manipulation, mechanic portions broken down nearly every single day (Excluding obvious things like rain and illness and whatnot). I mean the way that we developed and nearly perfected a classic 12-6 uncle charlie (He was 12) was to stand about 30’ apart and just practice the tumble rotation at slo-mo speeds, feet just set so the upper half could feel all the things it needed to do to get to the right spots. We’d also just play, like to see if he could follow my target around the zone spot to spot…much like he does now in his pens…only then it was a game to see if he could stay up late or go to a friends or rent a game or vid…long toss was just for the shear joy of seeing who could chunk that bad boy and we always did it til we didn’t feel like it anymore…never “pushing” it more than just to see what we had and who could deal.
I didn’t need validation from external sources to see how it worked, he thrived, his arm was and still is rubber, never sore never fatigued, I have an experience with my sons that can never be taken and looking back no regrets for the few minutes each day that I took…on the contrary, I have the comfort of these memories and other memories this closeness spawned. As to getting your son on the hill between starts I agree, head on down on his off week-end and have him throw a structured pen but in between all of that just (Even if you can’t make it buy him a bucket of balls) toss or play catch, the more confidence, the more reps the more accurate…just keep it unstructured and stay away from wearing out.[/quote]
We do the same thing and can attest to what you’ve experienced. Outside validation is not needed, 'cause it works.
As a coach in LL, it’s easy to tell which boys throw with their dads and which ones only throw when they’re at practice or at the game. One dad asked me the other day if I could teach his very athletic son to throw like mine. Sure, I could teach him the mechanics and a proper way to throw, but he needs a dad to teach him discipline, work on his attitude and desire and someone to throw with on a regular basis.