Pitching Tips for Kids
by: Roger Nelson
Every kid that loves baseball has fantasized about
being a great pro pitcher and throwing a perfect game.
Its one of those universal American dreams of
little boys everywhere. While dreams like these should
never be quashed, its important for responsible adults
to teach kids how to pitch a baseball with the correct
form and control. Without such guidance, overly enthusiastic
children run a real risk of doing damage to their arms,
elbows, and shoulder joints when throwing baseballs.
The first thing ever kid needs to learn before he takes
the mound to pitch in a baseball game is the correct
form. Not only will this give his pitches more power
and control, it will also put less strain on the important
and vulnerable parts of the body. There are two big
keys for baseball pitchers. First, it must be taught
to youngsters that effective and safe pitching is powered
mainly by the legs, not the arm.
A good training tip is to have players watch several
pro baseball games, paying close attention to the form
of the pitchers as they wind up and throw. Have them
note how the legs are what propel them, and that the
arm is really just a means of directing the ball. Kids
arent analyzers, and most of them will attempt to pitch
a baseball using all arm strength. This is sure path
The other crucially important aspect of pitching a
baseball that must be taught early is the role of the
elbow. The natural tendency, especially in kids, is
to simply try to throw the baseball as hard as they
can each and every time. Again, this invites injury
and can actually rob them of speed on every pitch.
The proper form is to train the elbow to lead the hand.
The elbow should stay ahead of hand until just before
release of the baseball. This takes some practice, but
once a child learns to do it without forcing it, he
s on the path to better control, more power, and (most
importantly) a safe baseball throwing motion.
Caution: in conjunction with this move, baseball pitchers
must learn to keep their throwing arms shoulder
in close to their body. One of the biggest hazards is
letting the shoulder jut forward or to the side early
in the pitching motion. The elbow moving ahead will
put strain on the shoulder joint if it isnt kept
close in. Again, this takes repeated practice, especially
for kids for whom baseball pitching is new and whose
bodies are not yet under their full control.
A good idea is to impress upon the young pitcher that
speed isnt the top priority in good baseball pitching,
control is. This serves two purposes. First, it will
help you slow him down in order to ingrain the proper
and safe movements outlined above. Second, its generally
easier to build up speed after control is learned when
throwing a baseball than it is to learn control after
About The Author
Roger Nelson, who began in Little League and coaches
baseball players now, knows that getting on base is
a key element in winning a game. Pitching machines can
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