Like yours, my son played LL Inc on a 46’ field, but it wasn’t because of MS that he went to 60. At that time LL Jrs was at 60’, so it was 46’ in the spring, and 60’ in the late summer and fall. What I did the whole year he was 12, which started the Aug before, was have him do almost all of his practicing on the 60’ field.
Originally Posted by AL_DAD
All it did was make him very very accurate on the 46’ field, and since he seldom threw a breaking but, but rather used a CU, it didn’t seem to bother him one iota. He had a great LLI season, and when the Jr season started, he and another boy he practiced pitching with, had absolutely no trouble at all on the 60’ field, and both went on to successful HS and college careers.
Now I’m not saying that will happen with you boy or anyone else who does the same, but I am saying that working on the 60’ mound while pitching on the 46’ mound isn’t going to hurt. However, a study has shown that practicing at one distance and then pitching at another may cause loss of accuracy at the 2nd distance, but a loss of accuracy is much less significant at 46’ as opposed to 60’. I.e., an azimuth error of 2 degrees at 46’ is less than at 60’.
So, if it were me, I’d turn him loose on the 60’ mound and I wouldn’t worry about it one bit. Just out of curiosity, what did the pitching coach say when you asked him? He’d be in a much better position to answer than anyone here because he’ll have seen the boy up close and personal.
The pitcher whos afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.