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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Simple Baseball Tip to Improve Youth Pitching Velocity

How to Improve Youth Baseball Pitching Velocity

By Guest Author: Jake Paul Johnson

Little league and youth baseball in general is an interesting phase of a child's experience. Some kids are naturals, and they adapt to the sport of baseball very quickly. Others may take a little bit longer to develop, and this is not a bad thing.

This article is going to revolve around a tip that can and should be utilized with every little leaguer aspiring to be a pitcher (at this level, who doesn't want to be a pitcher?). As parents and coaches, it is crucial to provide the child with a solid base of information on which to build upon in the future.

If you ask an experienced pitcher what the most important aspect of pitching is, more often than not they will say mechanics. Once proper mechanics are established, increased velocity will often follow.

Mechanics are the foundation of everything that a pitcher does. If mechanics are faulty, pitches won't be as consistent and efficient, and worse case scenario; injury can occur.

It is very important to instill proper mechanics in a child's mind from the very beginning. Teach them how important mechanics are and that they cannot be successful without them.

I'm going to give you a few things to focus on as a parent and as a coach when teaching mechanics to a youth baseball player:

1) Start from the ground up. The lower body is what initiates movement in the pitching motion, and it's what provides the velocity behind their pitches. Begin with the feet. Simplify their wind up by shortening their steps when positioning their feet around the rubber. Then move to the leg kick, which should bring the knee to around belly button height. Then make sure they separate their hands on time and follow through all the way.

2) Next, you want to take a look at their fastball grip. Make sure they grip with two fingers, a nice firm grip but not too tight, and either a four seam or two seam fastball grip. A solid foundation of knowledge is most important at the youth baseball level, and it is what will prepare them for the long career ahead. As the child matures, it is important to give them the proper training and mechanics analysis so they can increase their velocity and develop properly. This will give them all they need to be successful for many years to come.

I hope you found my tips useful and I wish you the best!

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