I apologize if this topic has been covered in the past. My question is about hand position (direction) through the windup. I have two DDs that pitch, (11 & 15). Their regular coach is battling medical issues so we are reaching out for new PC's.
We found one for our 11yo. She is telling us to pivot the push-off foot on the rubber (see recent posts) and she also is telling us to have the throwing hand facing backwards (toward 2nd base) as long as possible through the windmill; which is what I'm asking about.
My 15yo is not thrilled or excited about this PC, so we have been waiting to find the right coach for her; which we feel we finally did. Her new coach is telling us, NO don't pivot the pushoff foot; you want all the energy going straight. She is also telling us to basically have the ball kind of facing 3rd base then to rotate it around near the snap region. And she demostrated it all and showed up a good wall drill where she used mental finger cues of "pinkie-middle-thumb" brushing the wall as you come around.
I was happy to hear this as I thought keeping the ball pointed to 2nd base caused stress/strain in the arm. I also told my 11yo all this and she was soo happy b/c she felt it was awkward and painful too; just an unatural feeling.
Unfortunately the new coach is booked solid so she has no room for my 11yo, but I'm thinking of parting ways with the other coach; regardless.
Can anyone validate my feelings that this new coach has it more right and parting ways with the PC my 11yo is seeing is a good and smart move? I'll be able to take what the new coach says to my 11yo along with what she and I already know and do; so I think she will be fine at this stage.....plus i have all you to help me out...right??? (lol)
Thanks for your input & advice.