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    My son tends to tilt his head when throwing. He's done this for a long time, in the photo, this was when he was an old 6, he's now 8 and still does it.

    http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/...st/Karter6.jpg

    Is there a teach here? Seems like "keep your head straight" works some, but I'm looking for other ideas from those that have encountered this before.

    Thanks!
    Never played baseball, just a dad of someone that loves to play. So take any advice I post with a grain of salt.

  • #2
    PtHawaii,

    “My son tends to tilt his head when throwing.”
    This is a good thing! This means he is throwing over the top more like he should to avoid centripetal imperative (leading in to horizontal release centrifuging) that will degrade his joints and produce less accuracy that will lead to the YIPS.

    “He's done this for a long time, in the photo, this was when he was an old 6, he's now 8 and still does it”
    The younger they are the more correctly they throw because their heads are larger in proportion to their bodies leading them into a higher arm vector.
    I could not open the pic.

    ASMI confirms that head tilt does not perturb accuracy.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dirtberry View Post
      PtHawaii,



      This is a good thing! This means he is throwing over the top more like he should to avoid centripetal imperative (leading in to horizontal release centrifuging) that will degrade his joints and produce less accuracy that will lead to the YIPS.



      The younger they are the more correctly they throw because their heads are larger in proportion to their bodies leading them into a higher arm vector.
      I could not open the pic.

      ASMI confirms that head tilt does not perturb accuracy.
      I think it depends. Hitters also do tilt their heads since they have a tilt in the spine over the plate.

      however I think it is important that this tilt happens early and smooth. if this tilt becomes a rapid jerk it will disturb consistency. but you are correct that in a high arm slot there will be some shoulder tilt and thus also head tilt.
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      • #4
        In the pic, he's tilting while hitting because his shoulders are upside down at the start. Front shoulder should not be up.
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        • #5
          Have him stand tall and tilt his head as much as he can. Stand about five feet away and move a target around semi-rapidly (Ball or glove). Then repeat with his eyes level to the ground. The point of the exercise is the eyes focus better on a target when they are closer to parallel to the ground... It's just how we are wired... so why tilt?
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          • #6
            I'm more concerned about the shutting his eyes when throwing, lol.

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