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    Hip or Knee issue when pitching

    Overall her mechanics are not bad for her age. My feeling is that she gets the ball/arm too far behind her and is forced to stay open. Or it could be that she gets too open, it's hard to say which comes first. It's pretty rare for this to happen, most of the time the pitchers don't get open...
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    Hip or Knee issue when pitching

    I don't think the leg is an issue injurywise, but there is something funky going on and with just a front and back view I can't figure it out. If you can post a view from the third base side it might be easier to get an idea of what's happening.
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    Driveline MoCap Blog

    If you're into the science you might find this interesting. https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2022/09/hitting-biomechanics/?utm_source=Klaviyo&utm_medium=campaign&utm_campaign=100222%20STN%20CMP&_kx=tibzm-xIEZAK4z8df2qGHyI5NXRNXAJ15VnDggD5fdg%3D.XHXak9
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    Pitching examples

    The first two pitchers are both D3. The lefty is one of the top pitchers in her conference, she threw upper 50's at best. She had pinpoint control with several pitches, that was why she was so good. "I want to be understand the differences between 50 60 70." Looking at mechanics is only part...
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    Pitching examples

    Just pick any college pitcher, do a search for her and look for videos. Many of them still have their recruiting videos online. Here is Florida State pitcher Catharine Sandercock. I always find it interesting to see how their recruiting videos compare to how they look now in college...
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    Pitching examples

    The impressive thing about this video is that it is continuous, not pitch by pitch, that shows her control.
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    Pitching examples

    I saw this girl this spring in college, she cruised at 63-64. Not much variety that I could see though. https://www.ncsasports.org/softball-recruiting/maine/york/york-high-school8/abby-orso1
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    10u/12u question

    It might be beneficial in the long run. https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2018/09/differential-command-balls/
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    My slingshot pitcher played tonight.

    Technically it is illegal but it's not uncommon to see pitchers with a 90 degree bend in their elbow, and it's never called. You have to have slo-mo video to really see it.
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    My slingshot pitcher played tonight.

    Sling shot.
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    Looking for opinions on what to work on at this point.

    With a girl this young I don't know how much progress you're going to make by directing her attention to various technical flaws. I think you might be better off having her do something which is going to change her approach. Right now she is very much a 'bowler', she squares up to home plate. I...
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    The Wrist

    By loose I assume you mean relaxed. How relaxed, totally relaxed? Is the wrist 'floppy' loose? Pick up a softball and grip it, then make your wrist loose. When I do that my grip isn't strong enough to hold on to the ball enough to pitch it. Gripping the ball puts some tension in the wrist.
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    The Wrist

    The video doesn't address whether or not there is any tension in the wrist. If there is no movement, flexion or extension, then a locked wrist should have no detrimental effect.
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    The Wrist

    I'm talking fastball here, normally wrist action is a no-teach for me. Lately I have taken on several students who came with a history of warming up with wrist snaps and using HE mechanics. Some had a few lessons and some were 'monkey see, monkey do'. After weaning them off snaps and teaching...
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    My pitcher is afraid to field her position.HELP

    I would suggest that you play pepper with her. In this video they are using Jugs Lite Flite balls which is wimping out as far as I'm concerned but you might want to start with them. The very last section shows the hitter and with real balls. You can start with easy contact and as she gets...
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    Thoughts please

    Every deliberate physical action begins with an intention. Having the intention to throw a pitch activates a specific motor pattern, when just playing catch the actions/patterns are not as tightly defined, allowing for more experimentation.
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    Thoughts please

    The drill is done in a very relaxed manner similar to what you would do when first warming up so technique is not important. I also do not let them get into a set position for the slingshot or full motion, it's not pitching. I want it as free form as possible, I want them to explore and be...
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    Thoughts please

    One of the most difficult things about teaching pitching is generating the intent/mindset of throwing (underhand) in those kids that don't naturally have it. I use a lot of slingshot in the early stages, with an emphasis on the loose, whippy feel, and pulling down hard into BI. I also like the...
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    Thoughts please

    There is a lot of attention being paid to her lower body action, my concerns lie in a different area. For all practical purposes her intent is still that of a bowler, even though there is some IR. At 9 o'clock in the downswing she has closed her shoulders considerably, this cuts her off from...
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    Question for instructors

    Inevitably you end up with a choice of throwing strikes in games with bad mechanics that will have to be unlearned or working on good form but being wild in games. I hate off season games when your students are working on mechanics.

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