A Little Help for Little Leaguers

A Little Help for Little Leaguers

Post by Ji » Mon, 27 Apr 1998 04:00:00


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
this.

All reasonable suggestions welcome,

                     Thanks, Jim

 
 
 

A Little Help for Little Leaguers

Post by Steve Cutch » Tue, 28 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>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
>this.

>All reasonable suggestions welcome,

>                     Thanks, Jim

Try the tape "Little League Baseball: How To Pitch And Field"

It is an official Little League Baseball video

The techniques are taught by Dr. Bragg Stockton, head coach and the
University of Houston

IBSN 1-55511-254-4
copyright 1988

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A Little Help for Little Leaguers

Post by Ted Scudde » Thu, 30 Apr 1998 04:00:00

There is a lot of misinformation out there.  But two sources of good videos
and books on pitching are: humankinetics.com and the American Sports
Medicine institute at asmi.org.  I have Tom House's video on pitching and
it is excellent and asmi also has one that is good. Some times it is a good
idea to get the books that go along with them because they have information
on how to apply the information to younger players. I returned a video
produced by Bragg Stockton because it taught mechanics that have been
superseded by new science.  I do not know if he has a new one out.  stay
away from books or videos produced before the 90s because high speed
cameras and the science of bio-kinetics has revolutionized pitching
especially in the area of injury prevention.
Ted

Quote:

> 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
> this.

> All reasonable suggestions welcome,

>                      Thanks, Jim


 
 
 

A Little Help for Little Leaguers

Post by Spike Whi » Thu, 30 Apr 1998 04:00:00

: 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
: this.

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)
yet.

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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A Little Help for Little Leaguers

Post by Mark » Thu, 30 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Do you have the publisher, source, or ISBN numbers?  Name of the book or
videotape?  (not being obnoxious, just trying to track it down).  My
son  (11) has a good Nolan Ryan videotape that has helped with pitching
form and throwing fastballs, but it doesn't really get into how a little
leaguer should throw a curve.  Our tape was sold by special offer last
year.  In my son's league if you haven't got a curve you get whacked
pretty hard in the games so we're working on it....

Thanks,

Mark

Quote:

>....
> 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....

 
 
 

A Little Help for Little Leaguers

Post by fosterc.. » Tue, 05 May 1998 04:00:00


currenty one of the top guys in the world of teaching pitching.
Robert