: I am looking for some good pitching references (books, video,
: suggestions, whatever) in regard to coaching little league pitching. I
: never did much pitching so I do not have the grasp of pitching that I
: have for the rest of the infield. I am struggling with how fast to
: bring along a few truly exceptional young (8, 10, and 12 years old)
: arms. If I had their control at that age I would likely not be posting
Man, you're talking about a entire spectrum of ability there!! An
exceptional 8 yr old pitcher can get the ball in the strike zone occasionally.
At 8 is usually the first time kids ever pitch to other kids. He certainly
hasn't even mastered location or a second pitch (which should be a change-up)
An exceptional 12 yr old pitcher would have a great fastball with good
location, an excellent change-up that consistently finds the strike zone
and 1-2 other pitches he's less proficient in. I've seen exceptional
11-12 yr old pitchers throwing overhand curve balls and sliders. I'm not
a big fan of sliders at that age.
The Tom House book and video are good. Particularly if you're teaching
a curve or slider to the 12 yr old, you want a recent book in the '90's
that's done right -- so they learn correct extension and release to not
injure their arms. Unless he picks it up quickly, he probably shouldn't
be using it in a game. But teach him the correct way anyway, he'll be
throwing a curve in the backyard whether you teach him or not, best teach
him the right way.
You might look at some of the LL stuff, but much of it is geared towards a
basic player, not an exceptional one.
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