Coaching Youth Pitchers: Installment Two

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Okay, so in Part One of this series on coaching youth pitchers, I talked about the importance of the glove-arm, throwing-arm connection. And that was mainly about upper-half mechanics (getting the arms in sync). Well in Part Two, we’re gonna take a look at the lower half…

More specifically, the feet.

Because we tend to think of throwing a baseball as something you do with your arm, it’s easy to lose sight of the important role that your feet play in your pitching delivery. Your feet are your base, your foundation, your connection with the ground…

And when you break it down, having a good pitching delivery means being able to transfer your ...

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Coaching Youth Pitchers: Installment One

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Okay, so this post kicks off what will likely become quite a lengthy series on tips for Coaching Youth Pitchers

And keep in mind, while much of this information will be relevant for pitchers of all ages, this series is specifically intended for coaches or parents working with young ballplayers of Little League league age.

My first recommendation is pretty simple. Start with the basics. Show them how to grip the ball – if you’re not holding the ball well, good luck throwing the ball well. And if you need some help on this one, drop a comment below or shoot me an email and I’ll put together a short video on my YouTube channel.

After that, when it ...

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Hip Mobility for Pitchers with Strength Coach Josh Heenan

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If you’ve followed my site, you know I’m a big on getting your hips into your pitching delivery. It’s something I talk about in two recent video lessons – here they are again if you missed them:

How Masahiro Tanaka gets his hips into his pitching delivery

Tips for learning to lead with loaded hips in your pitching motion

And working to stay loaded up and getting your hips into your delivery is great but a friend of mine, Josh Heenan, made an excellent point in the comments below the Tanaka post. Josh wrote:

“Many people do not possess the hip mobility to be able ...

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Tips for Learning to Lead with Loaded Hips

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So in my post not long ago about Masahiro Tanaka’s loaded hips, I mentioned a follow-up Video Lesson I would be putting together for you… this is that post.

As a lot of coaches and parents have been telling me, it’s one thing to understand the idea of leading with the hips (or staying closed and loaded with your hips)…

Some pitchers are just so programmed to lift and get to a “balance point” or have spent so much time focusing on stepping straight towards the catcher without any regard to staying closed that this just doesn’t come easily.

What you need is some new “movement pattern mapping” – or whatever ...

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Arm Health Tips with Dr. Chris McKenzie

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So it’s that time of year… spring is around the corner, and guys are starting to get ready for the season. And one of the things this can mean for pitchers as they start increasing their throwing loads is sore arms…

Well the other day I caught up with Dr. Chris McKenzie, a strength coach and Board Certified Physical Therapist who specializes in training the overhead athlete.

In today’s interview Chris shares some of his best tips for keeping your arm strong and staying healthy this season and in the future.
He’s also got a great Free Videos Series detailing these strategies – you can find the link to that below the interview.

So ...

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Is That Really a “Knuckle Curve”?

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So I’ve been loving all the feedback on the Curveball Video series. If you haven’t checked that out yet, click here. But there’s one misconception I’ve been seeing more and more, and it’s about something I didn’t get to address in that series. So I just put together this short video to help clear things up.

Usually what they’re talking about is the index finger, where they spike it with the tip of the finger and the knuckle is raised off the ball. Now whatever you want to call any of your pitches is really up to you. But in a lot of cases, when a pitcher says he throws a knuckle ...

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