Because the biggest thing most coaches miss about what separates the wind-up from the stretch is MOMENTUM - you don't get any out of the stretch. This is why starters prefer throw out of the wind-up; they can throw harder for a longer period of time because they are using their body's momentum.
Originally Posted by b4uplayball
"Closers" or "set-up/relief" pitchers don't have to worry about "longevity". They go in and throw for one inning (sometimes even one BATTER), and they're done.
The guy I coach with (who was never a pitcher himself), thinks this same way. He is always trying to tell our pitchers that he "can't figure out 'why' all pitchers just don't throw out of the stretch"; there is a reason for throwing out of the wind-up, the reason is momentum (= more velocity).
Yes, with younger kids (the age you're referring to), when first teaching them to pitch, starting them out in the stretch is a good idea. But as they progress, and become more coordinated, and get better "overall", they need to learn the mechanics of the wind-up. Most younger kids don't do well out of the wind-up because they don't understand how to control their bodies very well. When they take their "initial step" to shift their weight so they can turn their pivot foot [flush to the rubber], they end up "throwing their weight around" because they can't control it. But as they become stronger, with proper instruction, they will/should be able to easily learn it.
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