Cat is phenomenal pitcher and what she does works for her. Her speed is not fastest, but it is good enough to keep hitters honest combined with great movement and control. Her experience and knowledge is invaluable to an older pitcher. Unfortunately for Cat, Jenny, Monica and the other top name pitchers is when they give a clinic they have to generalize due to the number of kids there. They don't have the time to work with a very young pitcher and address all of the nuances that goes along with each individual pitcher over the years to get them to where they need to be.Cat said at a clinic we were at she likes control first,and in a interview said a 67mph fastball goes out alot fast then a 64mph pitch.This is where you dont have a clue,just because a kid has control doesnt mean they dont know how to put speed on a ball,and by the way chucking is for rocks in the garden,pitching is a art form
I've been through the mill with my daughter. I've worked with 100's of other girls over the years. I've seen kids who could practice against a pane of glass and others who can just plain bring it. I've worked with multiple girls for extended periods of time so I have a real understanding about what it takes to DEVELOP a pitcher, not just a girl who pitches.
This is what I found over the years. If you give me a group of 20 kids who want to pitch 10 of them will quit immediately when they find out just how much work it takes. Of the remaining 10 kids 3 will go for maybe a year and quit. 1 or 2 more will quit later on. 2 or 3 will be good pitchers, 1 will be very good and 1 will be an outstanding pitcher. These numbers are general, but it's what I've seen over the years. Right now I have 3 pitchers who are on pace to be good, one who will be very good and another who is on track to be an outstanding and dominating pitcher. I also have two other girls who really want to pitch and work hard at it. Whether they can make it or not is still up in the air. But, as long as they want to try I will do my best to try and get them there.
So when I look at a girl it's with an unbiased, experienced eye. I'm sure Hal, Amy and any of the other experienced instructors will do the same thing and see something completely different than a parent.
As far as "chucking" the ball goes... I'm sure you understood my meaning.