of These Youth Pitching Mistakes Does Your Son Make?
Arm speed has very little to do with pitching
speed and control. It is the combination of a balanced body and
explosive weight transfer during the pitch that exerts the most
influence on a well-paced, controlled pitch.
It is with that concept in mind that I offer
these few basic pitching tips that can help your son or youth
pitcher improve both the speed of his pitches and his ability to
more consistently throw strikes. This article is written for the
parents who want a few simple points to share with his/her son.
These points are basic and give the average baseball parent
something that will improve their son’s pitching skills.
Your pitcher scrunches up during the first part of the pitching
Your pitcher is probably reminded about good
posture at the dinner table and with other adults. The same good
posture is needed for consistent pitching speed and control. Try to
watch your pitcher as he starts is wind-up
Is his back knee bent beyond a basic weight
Does he bend at the waist?
Does he appear to lean back toward second base?
Does he throw his head and/or shoulders towards first (if he is a
right hander), third (if he is a left hander)?
If you see any of these pitching flaws taking
place, you have a ‘Scruncher’. Any of these improper pitching
mechanics creates an inconsistent transfer of weight as the pitcher
moves forward into his pitch. This will result in a very
inconsistent ability to throw pitches over the plate with any
How to fix Mistake 1:
Keep the back knee flexed in the
early part of the wind up and the back straight.
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