Thursday Throwing Tips - I could Throw All Day No Lie
There were days when I threw over 2 thousand baseballs, when giving baseball lessons. How did I do it? I was throwing rag balls that weigh a couple of ounces less than regular baseballs weigh.
A lighter weight ball places much less strain on the arm, so it allows one to do it much more frequently.
When working on the throwing motion and pitching with young players, coaches should use lighter weight balls. Correct throwing mechanics are the same, no matter what ball is used. Because of the diminished arm strain, kids can work on their throwing so much longer without much chance of arm injury. As players' fundamentals improve, they move to the regulation ball, but must be more cognizant of the number of throws with the heavier ball for the mentioned reason, of course.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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