We just changed pitching coaches about a month ago. My 11 yo DD has one year of pitching experience, but was trying to use too many pitches, elbow to the pitcher,etc. She was inconsistent and based on what I began to read on here and study on my own I made the decision to change.
She is now only working on her fastball and consistent mechanics. Her new pitching coach agrees she should only be working on that now. We are also working on locating her fastball. She has a tournament in two weeks (12U). My concern is with only a fastball and not always consistent on location she may get hit a good bit.
I did have her work on throwing an off speed fastball by putting the ball farther back in her hand. When she does this her mechanics are the same as her fastball, but the ball does have some movement and drops .
Is this enough for her to get by for now?
I am not so much worried about her getting hit...I'm trying to think about developing her properly, but I do know if she gets hit a lot it will affect her mentally. I plan on talking to her pitching coach about this, but I would also like some thoughts from you all.
A second question...I have read a lot of posts to work on accuracy, such as, placing ball on tee and knocking it off, etc. I would like to do a lot of this to help her work on locating her fastball. Is an appropriate progression to do it first from a standing position, then move back some, then from a full throw....or always from a full throw?
Thanks for any help you can give!