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  • Liam: My Son wants to be a pitcher, God help me!

    I will post a set of links of my son Liam, throwing in the yard and pitching in games, from last spring, last fall,last fall again, and then this spring.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9F7E...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYbtahvzd8g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXcFSSfJ0Pg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR1nuSW5qFY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuiAFjULGTQ

    Now what jumps out at me, other than the obvious, he is physically immature, (does fair to average on the fitness tests in school, fourth grader, anyway,) he doesn't, and never has if you look at the clips, finishes. He is, in an essence "putting" the ball, rather than throwing it, we consistently long throw at 90 feet, and he can pretty well throw that far consistently, but his velocity off the mound is not good, although in three oputings this year (the most recent clip, the last, is from the first scrimmage this year, April 2008) he has hit one and walked one, probably struck out 10 or so, but this is minors now). He throws strikes.

    Some guys will perscribe the towel drill, but I have been reluctant to go there, I hear people go back and forth on it. What can we do? He is a competitive swimmer, but only fall and winter, through March, so if he keeps that up the conditioning will come. It's a big part of the puzzle in minors.

    Any help please?

    Thanks,

    Tom

  • #2
    I feel he is going to hurt his arm. Check your PM's
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
      I feel he is going to hurt his arm. Check your PM's
      Maybe not going to, but the likelihood is much higher than other kids. There's too much force on his shoulder and arm and not enough use of his body. A kid from our LL threw like this. He missed his 12yo season with a growth plate injury.
      Last edited by TG Coach; 05-09-2008, 05:28 PM.

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      • #4
        Is his arm going immideatley from the windup to an "L"?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post
          Is his arm going immideatley from the windup to an "L"?
          The major problem is he's all arm and shoulder.

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          • #6



            He needs to get his lead arm up and in line w/ his target and keep his shoulders closed until his foot touches down. More like this:


            TG and others are right; he's throwing all arm.

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