Anyone can hit, and almost anyone can teach hitting mechanics. There is only one simple movement in the swing to be taught and once it is understood by the instructor (not many actually know the movement), then most anyone can hit and/or teach hitting. However, pitching is a different story. There are so many movements involved in a properly thrown ball that they cannot all be described in a single session of bullpen work.
Our pitching mechanics classes were developed and are continually evolving to reinforce the fundamentals of throwing a baseball. When proper throwing mechanics are understood and are properly achieved by the athlete, then and only then are pitching specific mechanics taught.
To eliminate guesswork, we use simple video software and analysis to help describe the complexities of the throwing motion from the mound. Dynamic balance and loading/unloading processes are very hard to see with the untrained eye and can easily be shown to the athlete using video.
I could continue giving you information on pitching biomechanics and teaching techniques, but it would take many more words and too much of your time. Besides, I may not be eloquent enough to paint the proper pictures in your mind. JUST KNOW THIS, I/we care about your son's arm and aim to teach a sound, comprehensive approach individualized to each athlete. This in turn will help them improve velocity, command, movement, secondary pitches and so on. We will teach arm care and recovery techniques that will last a career.
Immediate results will be seen, but it will take some time and training to properly understand all there is to know about good pitching mechanics. And by that time, new research will show us more improved techniques on how to pitch and how to teach pitching. In other words, it will never end. :)
HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK US (OR YOUR CURRENT INSTRUCTOR)
DYNAMIC PITCHING MECHANICS QUESTIONS TO ENSURE YOUR SON'S PITCHING SUCCESS:
* WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITION IN THE PITCHING SEQUENCE?
* SHOULD YOU START YOUR DELIVERY WITH YOUR WEIGHT CENTERED IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR BODY?
* SHOULD YOU START YOUR DELIVERY LEADING WITH THE FRONT SHOULDER?
* HOW DO WE SHIFT OUR WEIGHT IN OUR DELIVERY?
* WHAT IS PROPER BODY ALIGNMENT PRIOR TO DELIVERING THE BASEBALL?
* WHAT KIND OF ANGLE SHOULD THE FRONT FOOT BE IN UPON LANDING TO DELIVER THE PITCH TO CREATE MAXIMUM TORQUE FORCE?
* DO WE WANT A LONG OR A SHORT STRIDE AND WHY?
* WHAT DRIVES THE BODY FORWARD PRIOR TO BALL RELEASE?
* PRIOR TO BALL RELEASE, SHOULD THE BACK FOOT BE OFF OF THE GROUND OR IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND FOR ULTIMATE VELOCITY AND CONTROL?
* SHOULD WE TURN THE BACK KNEE IN AND TOWARDS THE CATCHER PRIOR TO BALL RELEASE FOR INCREASED ACCURACY?
* WHICH PART OF YOUR BODY HELPS YOU THROW THE BALL HARDER?
* WHERE SHOULD A PITCHER BREAK HIS HANDS OUT OF THE GLOVE FOR MAXIMUM VELOCITY AND CONTROL?
* HOW SHOULD THE PITCHER TAKE THE BALL OUT OF HIS GLOVE WHEN HE SEPARATES HIS HANDS FROM THE GLOVE?
* HOW SHOULD THE PITCHERS FINGERS BE ON THE BASEBALL WHEN HE SEPARATES HIS HANDS FROM THE GLOVE?
* WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTE IN A PITCHERS MECHANICS IN ORDER TO STAY HEALTHY AND BE ABLE TO PITCH REGULARLY AND EFFECTIVELY ENHANCING HIS ENJOYMENT?
* SHOULD OUR THROWING ARM BE FULLY EXTENDED BACK AWAY FROM OUT BODY WHEN WE TAKE THE BALL OUT OF THE GLOVE FOR MAX VELOCITY?
* WHAT POSITION SHOULD THE CHEST BE IN PRIOR TO BALL RELEASE?
* WHAT PART OF THE BODY BRINGS THE ARM TO BALL RELEASE?
* FOR FULL EFFECTIVENESS, DO WE WANT TO ROTATE OUR BODY EARLY OR LATE TO DELIVER THE PITCH?
* WHAT SHOULD YOUR GLOVE AND LEAD ARM DO PRIOR TO DELIVERING THE PITCH AND AFTER DELIVERING THE PITCH?
* HOW DO WE SYNCHRONIZE OUR UPPER BODY AND LOWER BODY TO WORK IN HARMONY TO CREATE GREAT MECHANICS, RHYTHM, TIMING, AND POWER?
* WHAT IS EARLY HIP ROTATION AND IS THIS GOOD OR BAD?
* DOES THE FRONT FOOT NEED TO BE POINTING UP OR DOWN AS THE PITCHER IS MOVING TOWARDS THE PLATE?
* SHOULD THE PITCHER LAND ON A STRAIGHT LEG OR A FLEXED KNEE PRIOR TO BALL RELEASE AND WHY?
* WHERE SHOULD THE PITCHER BE DIRECTING HIS HEAD, FRONT SHOULDER AND BACK SHOULDER DURING THE PITCH?
* WHAT IS THE SECRET TO AN OVERPOWERING FASTBALL?
* DO YOU WANT THE LANDING KNEE POSITIONED DIRECTLY OVER THE LANDING FOOT OR BEHIND THE LANDING FOOT AT FRONT FOOT CONTACT?
* WHEN IS THE LAST CHANCE THE PITCHER HAS BEFORE RELEASING THE BASEBALL TO CREATE VELOCITY?
* DO YOU KNOW THE CORRECT WAY TO GET MAXIMUM TRUNK ROTATION AND TRUNK FLEXION?
* DOES A LEG LIFT OR BALANCE POINT INCREASE OR DECREASE VELOCITY?
* DO WE WANT TO MOVE SLOW, MEDIUM, OR FAST INTO OUR FRONT FOOT LANDING?
* IS THE THROWING HAND ON THE CURVEBALL INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OF THE THROWING ELBOW?
* DO WE LEAD WITH THE FRONT SHOULDER OR WITH THE FRONT HIP?
* DO WE SHIFT OUR WEIGHT EARLY OR LATE IN THE PITCHING DELIVERY?
* DO YOU ROTATE OVER YOUR BACK LEG TO THROW?
* DO WE WANT TO HAVE COMPLETE LEG DRIVE OR HAVE BEND IN OUR BACK LEG AS WE GET READY TO DELIVER THE PITCH?
* WHEN WE LAND WITH OUR FRONT FOOT PRIOR TO RELEASING THE BASEBALL, DO WE LAND WITH OUR TRUNK BACK OR FORWARD?
* AS WE VIEW THE PITCHERS LANDING FROM THE FRONT ANGLE, SHOULD HIS FRONT KNEE BE RIGHT OVER HIS ANKLE, INSIDE THE ANKLE, OR OUTSIDE THE ANKLE FOR MAXIMUM STABILITY, CONTROL, AND VELOCITY?
* DO WE NEED STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN POSTURE OR ANGLED POSTURE IN OUR APPROACH TO BALL RELEASE?
* WHERE SHOULD OUR THROWING ELBOW BE IN RELATION TO OUR THROWING SHOULDER UPON THE FRONT FOOT LANDING FOR MAXIMUM HEALTH OF THE ARM, ACCURATE CONTROL, AND MAX VELOCITY.
* WHEN WE LAND WITH OUR FRONT FOOT, SHOULD OUR NOSE BE BEHIND OR IN FRONT OF OUR BELLY BUTTON?
* IS THE ARM AT LANDING MOVING FORWARD OR STILL LAYING BACK?
* WHEN THE PITCHERS LEAD LEG LANDS, SHOULD HIS BODY KEEP MOVING TOWARDS HOME PLATE?
* DO WE WANT TRUNK FLEXION FORWARD AFTER BALL RELEASE?
* IS OVERPOWERING VELOCITY ABOUT GREAT ARM STRENGTH?
* DOES BODY ALIGNMENT AFFECT VELOCITY AND CONTROL?
Pitching and/or even throwing a baseball is one of the more difficult techniques to teach. I'd go so far as to say it is the most difficult skill to master in all of sports (besides the golf swing!).
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