Okay,last year took my dd to a Jennie Finch clinic in Va..Her father kept telling us how their way of pitching is the only way of pitching,and kept backing it up with medical prove.I at first was kind of bought by him,after all he is Jennie Finch's dad,who am I to argue with him.But since my dd and I are really big Cat fans and we had been to a clinic in MD,the year before with Cat and only 50 girls.My dd got a lot of hands on with Cat,we decided that Cat is who we would listen too.I real felt that at the Jennie clinic it was more about the money,then the players,sorry if that makes people mad,but there was 400 girls there and no real time to get afeel for what they were teaching.If you really want to buy a video,buy Bill Hillhouse's video or Cats video.
The fact that they often go against what good pitchers (including Finch) actually do is telling.
Now, it certainly could be true that older pitchers can and should do things that younger pitchers can't do due to issues like open growth plates. In many cases it can create a problem if a young pitcher's mechanics are too efficient too soon (because that can increase the load on the arm and can overload it before it's ready).
Another example is my DD recently attended a 3 day, overnight D1 summer softball camp, which left me feeling like we did not get our money's worth. In fact, she (pitcher) came back from the program slapping her leg with her glove hand, which she never did before! Now she has to unlearn this method.
These programs seem to be fundraisers for the school and because of the sheer volume of "campers" (250?) the level of personal instruction is lacking.
In hindsight, we would have been better off paying for private, one on one, instruction to get the most bang for the buck.
Doug Finch is a very good salesman, and he has been very active over the years in promoting Jennie as the medically correct model for perfect windmill pitching mechanics. It is actually very funny to attend one of his clinics, and then look at how Jennie Finch actually pitches. I suspect this latest DVD has his fingerprints all over it.
On the other hand, with regard to Jennie's clinics, there is no question in my mind that she is one of the premier ambassadors of the sport, and all the time and effort she devotes to these clinics are not about the money but her passion for the sport. You should take the clinics for what they are - an opportunity to meet and learn a few tips from elite players, but not something that should be your sole source of information and instruction.
I agree with Amy here;What I have done with my pitchers is give them my Hillhouse video to borrow and tell them and their parents, "this is what I teach for pitching mechanics."Now, I have to hear, "Well, that is what is on the Finch DVD."
Hopefully, that will keep the "This is what Finch says" to a minimum.
Actually, I would like to know what Bill has to say about it.