Why do so many coaches want to overcomplicate youth pitching?
The reality of success at the youth (9-13) level is simple: throw with above-average velocity and above-average command for your age to take advantage of hitters who have extremely inefficient mechanics and loading sequences.
Over-complication allows the youth coach or independent trainer to distinguish themselves into what is becoming a multi-million-dollar business.
“Johnny needs a big, power curveball if he’s going to succeed at 11U.” No.
“Timmy has to get guys off that fastball with a great changeup to succeed here at 12U.” No.
Simply put, young pitchers focus too much on getting hitters out at the current level and not enough on developing the arm fitness and skills to perform at the next one.
Here is how we train youth pitchers:
- Have fun: the game at this level is a game. Adults make it not fun.
- Learn to throw: efficient mechanics with a variety of heavy weighted balls promote both velocity and safety
- Learn to compete: baseball is a great lesson in competing with yourself and competing against others. We track our kids’ progress so they can watch themselves get better.
If they still love the game at 14+ and want to try and take their careers as far as they can, then the real work begins.