Thursday Throwing Tips
Sometimes, all that is necessary to help kids gain more speed and throwing accuracy is by changing their grip, so the correct ball spin occurs. Spin recognition is the first clue that players' grips are incorrect.
Sometimes the only way to correct players with incorrect ball rotation is by having them do the opposite of what they normally do. For instance, players who have natural slider spin on the ball, should act as if they are throwing a screw ball, the opposite hand action, in order to compensate for the slider spin, until the correct spin becomes natural. Furthermore, gaining correct control of ball spin is one of the reasons why I encourage all youth ballplayers to practice pitching, whether they pitch in games or not. Pitching works on grips, accuracy, speed and balance, all necessary for good throwing mechanics.
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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