Some think that a wide variety of pitches for a pitcher to have in his arsenal is extremely important. This isn’t necessarily so especially with younger pitchers, where fast and accurate fastballs can be very effective. Also, some advise young children not to throw pitches such as curve balls very often as it can do damage on their arm. So, how do you get your son pitching his fastest without throwing out his arm?
One of the most important ways is to make sure he is using his entire body in the pitch. Have him practice some drills on his knees first with pointing the ball backward and using his glove to aim. This will get him to use the proper dynamics of pitching with his upper body and increase accuracy, while getting the most out of his arms.
Practice playing catch with him at a shorter distance to warm up. As the two of you get loosened up, spread apart a little further. Keep doing this by moving back little by little without allowing any (or much) arch on the ball as it is thrown. Move back as far as you can without them having to put any arch on the throws and this will build up power. Also, make sure they are pitching correctly and snapping their wrist upon release. When they get into the habit of pitching correctly the same way every time, this builds accuracy, confidence, and even speed, as they are using their parts of the body that have been conditioned accordingly.
Next, teach them to kick off the mound as they are releasing the fastball. This plays a big part in getting optimal speed from the pitcher. As he is ending his wind-up his front foot should be facing forward toward home plate, where the ball is intended to end up at. As the pitch is thrown, the back leg should be slightly bent to support the body and ready to kick off the mound as they follow through. The front leg should be bent and never straight upon release as well. As the arm comes around to release the pitch, the hips should pivot to give the legs more power. This will increase the speed of the pitch. Accuracy is in the front of the throw, while power and speed is mostly in the back, so the legs play a very important role in both accuracy and especially speed.
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