Hi Mom, Dad and Coaches out there.
Did you know that over 80% of kids throw incorrectly? This includes baseball, softball, football and even cricket players. No worries, I threw wrong when I was young also
Here is why. When boys and girls begin to throw, their 1st instinct is to throw the ball with the arm only. Kids are durable and usually no harm is done but this starts very, very bad habits which lead to problems later.
To correctly throw a ball, you need to properly grip the ball 1st and use the whole body starting from the feet or ground-up. (Check out session #2 on proper gripping a baseball)
I like to use the “helicopter approach”. If you think of a helicopter, the MOTOR (feet/legs) turns the ROTOR (hips/chest) which turns the PROPS (shoulder/arm/hand). Kids want to begin throwing with the props turning the rotor and then the motor. Doesn’t work very well, does it?
Another one of my pitching analogies is the upside-down tornado. The concept I am trying to convey is the way the lower half of the body should be used compared to the way the upper half should react.
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