I have a 13 yo daughter who started playing softball at age 6. She started pitching slow pitch at 8 and fast pitch at 10. We got her a pitching coach, and from the get go showed alot of talent and potential. Now, she is in A ball and doing extremely well.
My youngest daughter is 6 but will be 7 in December. Because of her birthday we had to put her in 8U (fastpitch). She has never played softball in her whole life. She is extremely tiny for her age but is more agressive than her sister at this age. She has a rocket arm and attacks the ball and is very speedy. She decided that she would follow in the footsteps of her older sister and be a pitcher. I thought, wow that is awesome because getting started at pitching 2 years before her sister did, she could get really good!
She had one pitching lesson several months ago but did not want to do the drills they taught her. She will not take any advise from me or her sister. I tell her to do warm up drills and she says no she wants to do it her way. She is VERY stubborn. The only person she will listen too and take advise from is her coach. Tomorrow is our 2nd game and the coach is putting her on the mound. She is pitching every other inning. The coach will also pitch every other inning to speed up the game. 1st of all I have no idea what will happen on the mound tomorrow beside a bunch of horrible pitches and a very slow game. Did I mention that my daughter has not wanted to practice pitching all week long? She will say, no I don't want to pitch today, maybe tomorrow. When we do finally practice, she will throw 10 pitches and tell me she is tired, and start crying. She does WANT to be a pitcher but doesn't want to put the work in to get good.
With her attitude of not wanting to listen and not wanting to practice do you think she is just too young to start pitching and will out grow the attitude with age, or do you think she just does not have the personality to be a pitcher. Any advise will be appreciated! Thanks