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Sparks Journey from Little League to College

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  • Sparks Journey from Little League to College

    I have a question. I am coaching Little League again this year and i am wondering about my boy.
    He has what I think is an amazing arm and I recently clocked him throwing 50mph. He is ten years old.

    Does anyone know what is very good (speed) for a ten year old? Is 50mph just average, better than average, good, or great?

    Oh and BTW: Yes I do stress strikes. This is just something I am wondering about.

    doesn't matter
    Ok as long as you stress strikes
    Never. Only an idiot would use a gun.
    Last edited by mudvnine; 08-19-2018, 12:22 PM.

  • #2
    thats probably a little above for a 10yr old .I'd ay avg 10 speed is 45 to 47.I had 9 's throwing 46.Depends on a kid's physical size somewhat too.


    • #3

      Thanks for the reply. He is a little small for his age.
      Anyway, he throws so much better than any of the other boys on his team that I just wondered if he was way above average or what ever. I had no idea what was good or great.

      Thanks again...if anyone else has any insight I would love to hear it.


      • #4

        is there a website shows average pitching speed for different ages? Whats the average for Highschool freshman?


        • #5
          Average velocities is a tough comparison. I remember a kid (Kevin Graham) in the LL world series clocked at 81mph. Pretty decent for a 12 year old. I have seen several 13 year olds throwing in the high 70's and a couple getting in to the very low 80's. Average for a good 12 year old seems to be mid 60's.
          There's a lot of 15 year olds throwing 83 - 84 mph.
          I wouldn't put that much stress on velocity. I saw one 13 year old who had all the scouts drooling because he was a huge kid and was throwing 84 mph. By the time the kid was 17 he was throwing 83 mph.
          I haven't see too many people clocking a 10 year old so I'm not sure how quickly the velocity should increase.
          By the way, be careful, it's not about throwing strikes, it's about hitting the target. Alot of young kids just lean back and throw hard and never learn to hit the glove. Throwing hard won't work for long if he doesn't hit the target. Throwing strikes could really hurt him as he gets older as well.
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          • #6
            No dang wonder my 10YO had trouble at the cages today - I had him hitting 60mph pitches and he was behind on almost every pitch. Oh well, should just quicken the motion for the slower stuff.
            I don't keep up with the pitching that much, last year we had a 9 yr old that was throwing in the mid to upper 50's (so I'm told) I never saw the clock but he could sure bring the heat and had much control issues to iron out. I am also interested in the ranges to age comparison such as (example cause I don't know): 10yo - 50mph=avg 60mph=above avg


            • #7
              I used google and found this website.



              • #8
                FYI - my son tried out last year for a travel team after his 10 year old season was just finished. All of the pitchers selected were clocked at no less the 55 mph, with two at 61 mph. I do not know what kind of radar gun or how accurate it was but 50 mph sounds a little slow, although it is early in the season for your son.

                Realistically, speed does not matter at this age. If he gets people out that's all that matters. Good luck!
                "Tip it and rip it" - In Memory of Dmac
                "Hit the inside seam" - In Memory of Swingbuster


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sparksdale
                  I used google and found this website.


                  Yup, that's what I was looking for. Thanks.


                  • #10
                    61?? Wow that's pretty incredible.
                    My boy turned ten about four months ago so he's not had a full year at the ten year old level to grow. Plus baseball season has just started and we've only had one practice.

                    Anyway, I'm just now starting to teach him how to throw right. I never pitched so I really had no idea what I was doing when I helped him throw. Come to find out every single thing, and I mean every single thing, I told him was wrong. He's only been throwing right (or should I say with "better mechanics) for about two weeks. He is throwing at 50mph now, I think with a better coach and more practice he could go up to 55mph or so...I think.

                    Itn't it funny how all of us are? WE all think we have the next John Smotz or

                    Let me tell you something that happened last fall. Our boy played on the fall baseball league. When the short season was over he had a batting average of .933 - he went 28 for 30 on the season. The last game we played we played the best team in our area. They are a road team and play year round. Well during that last game my boy pitched two hittless innings (there was a limit of two innings on fall league) and also had a heck of a game batting. The other team put thier very best pitchers in to try and stop my boy. Well we lost the game 11 to seven but my boy had six RBI with a homerun a double and a single.
                    I got home that night and emailed my old high school baseball coach. He coaches at the University of Alabama now. I told him about my boy and asked his advice. He put me in my spot in a hurry. He told me not to get caught up in all of it but to make sure my boy had fun. He said what ever I do make sure he has fun. He is right of course.

                    Ok....everyone else brag now ;-)


                    • #11
                      Don't get caught up in numbers for a ten year old. A lot depends on physical development. The important thing is to get his mechanics sound and keep his arm healthy. 50 isn't great for this level, but it's good enough if he can place it and throw a changeup now and then. The important thing is that he's "in the game" -- talented enough that he'll be a valuable member of his team appreciated by his teammates. Glad your old coach has the right perspective.

                      One of the fun things about chatting with HiddenGem is that, even though he's a top pro player, he's got his head screwed on straight about making sure that kids have fun at this age.
                      sigpicIt's not whether you fall -- everyone does -- but how you come out of the fall that counts.


                      • #12
                        We had practice today. My boy threw 49mph but threw quality pitches and most were either strikes or close to a strike.
                        One of the other boys threw 47 but was all over the place.

                        It looks like my boy has a pretty good arm but not great. Then again I think he can do much better with better coaching. I was never a pitcher so what little I have taught him is from videos and such. Still the video's help.

                        My goal is to have him pitch and strengthen his arm. Personally, I hurt my arm as a child and that is the last thing I want for him to do. So I am going to give 1000% attention to making sure he has a good arm when he gets older.

                        All I can say is if you have a 10year old throwing high fifties to low sixties then that kid is bringing some cheese. Just make sure you take care of his arm and don't let him throw to many innings.
                        Last edited by Sparksdale; 03-25-2006, 03:09 PM.


                        • #13
                          I have been involved with LL for about twenty years. A word of caution.... I have more of an issue with clocking a ten year old than whatever it is he is throwing for speed. You may be setting him up for failure. He should be throwing whatever it is he can properly throw using good mechanics, if it's 50 so be it. If it's 30 so what... Be carefull. Put the Gun away until he's playing in high school.
                          Last edited by Jake Patterson; 03-26-2006, 03:58 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Learning to throw with control is one thing. Learning to throw hard is another thing. Learning to throw hard with control is a third thing. If you wait till high school to learn to throw hard with control, you probably won't. Reason being, there is no opporunity to fail for awhile as you learn control while throwing hard. IOW, you will have less and less freedom to experiment as you move up the ladder because there will be more and more pressure to WIN NOW. The high school coach has a career riding on it.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sparksdale
                              Anyway, I'm just now starting to teach him how to throw right. I never pitched so I really had no idea what I was doing when I helped him throw. Come to find out every single thing, and I mean every single thing, I told him was wrong. He's only been throwing right (or should I say with "better mechanics) for about two weeks.

                              Now I'm worried. I shudder to ask what "throwing right...with better mechanics" means.


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