They didn't learn proper pitching mechanics at an early age. Poor mechanics is the leading cause of sore arms, arm injuries and unrealized potential. And it's the main reason for not staying healthy, improving performance and making it to the next level in baseball.
YouthPitching.com is packed with pro baseball pitching instruction, tips and advice for parents and coaches of youth pitchers ages 7-14.
On this website, two-time MLB draft pick and former Chicago Cubs pitching pro Steven Ellis takes you inside the art and science of pitching so you can help your son or team pitch smarter, stay healthy, become more successful and have more fun on the pitcher's mound.
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It's simply the most comprehensive instructional resource available for parents and coaches of youth pitchers in USSSA, Super Series, AABC, Pony, Babe Ruth, NABF, AAU, Dixie, Cal Ripken, CABA, Youth Majors and Little League.
Successful pitchers learn at an early age the three most important skills that must be mastered before becoming a dominate pitcher:
1. Throw strikes
Pitchers need to get ahead in the count and put hitters away quickly and efficiently in order to keep pitch counts down and their teammates behind them on their feet. Your son can not walk batters; he must make them swing the bat.
2. Hit your spots
Your son must have good command and control of his pitches. This starts with developing great pitching mechanics and a repeatable delivery, so that no matter if he's throwing a fastball or change-up—it all looks the same.
3. Keep the ball down in the zone
Most successful pitchers are control pitchers that keep the ball down, in the bottom half of the strike zone. Even if your son is still working on improving his pitching velocity, keeping the ball down in the strike zone is a recipe for more ground balls, more swings and misses, and more success.
Over the course of a baseball season, a pitcher's arm is placed under a tremendous amount of stress. Here are six ways to help your son stay healthy this season so that he can keep making improvements without being sidelined with an injury:
Click here for 13 more pitching injury prevention techniques every parent and coach should know.
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