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    Overuse Injuries and Year Round Training

    Just my perspective but I like the approach of "slow and steady" thoughout the year to stay in optimal shape. My DD pitched from 7 - 16 years old and she/we practiced pretty much year-round only taking a two full weeks off, twice a year (end of July and end of December). With that said, here...
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    NCAA Pitching Rule Changes

    Good rule in my opinion and it's consistent with the high school rules which almost all college girls play coming up the ranks. Now, if they would allow a "leap" like the men do, the pitching game will be complete.
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    10u pitch count?

    One thing to remember, it's not just the number of pitches during innings its also a) pregame warm-up pitches (40-60+?); and pitches between innings (4). For example, if you are playing a timed game tournament with games typically going 5 innings. 5 inning x 20 pitches + 50 pregame + 20 (5...
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    Politics and Pitching

    Titled up, bullet spin "riseballs" work well because they are not dropping as fast as say a curveball or drop ball and the batter swings under it. It never, ever "hops over the bat" or "bananas up" which is one of the fallacies in fastpitch as no human can throw a softball with enough backspin...
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    Alternative catching ideas

    Armor up! Get a mask, catcher's gear and most importantly steel-toe boots. My DD's old pitching coach told us that one father was catching in flip flops and the ball hit him right on the big toe and he lost the nail, ouch! There is no pride in getting beat up behind the plate...
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    Screwball rotation?

    Confused too. In a perfect world for a RHP's perspective, the screwball will be spinning from right to left (3 o'clock directly across to 9 o'clock, the opposite of curve ball spin) creating side spin to make the ball move to the right. Since most pitchers never get perfect side spin on their...
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    10u pitching offseason amount?

    No weights needed (or recommended). DD didn't lift any weights until high school ball and even then it was "less weight, more reps" routine.
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    The Journey Begins

    That's fine, then YOU will be her pitching coach : )
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    Illegal Pitching motion

    They also might be referring to the motion when she puts the ball in her glove on the right side, she moves the glove and hand to the left side and then pulls the hand out of the glove when its back to right side (kinda right, left, right). It looks odd which might look to the ump that the ball...
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    The Journey Begins

    Having gone through this with my DD from age 6 - 17yos: 1) Find a reputable pitching coach that teaches Internal Rotation (i.e the proper and ONLY way to produce good arm whip), a good drag, Brush Interference, and see him/her reguarly (once a week, twice a month, monthly, whatever you can...
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    Rise, Drop, Change

    Yes, work on the drop ball as well. Hillhouse will tell you to work vertically, not horizontally. Drop, Change, riseball...
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    Playing all players

    If this is a travel ball team you better care about what the parents think as they are the ones paying the monthly dues, etc. and will jump ship at a better opportunity in a heartbeat. If it's rec league, not as much of an issue but all families want their kids to get playing time, taught by...
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    How Many Pitches?

    A few points: I would count the pre-game warm-up pitches and pitches between innings when assessing how many pitches to throw. For example, you might throw 50 pre-game pitches, 4 pitches between innings x 7 innings (28) plus 15 per inning average x 7 innings (105) = 183 pitches per game. As...
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    1 bat or 2 🤔

    When you say the bats "break" are you talking about losing some "pop" and performance or actually cracks in the bat? I have rarely seen bats "break" and were unuseable. With that said, I would think that with normal use you should be able to about 1 year out of the bat and then use the "old...
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    Who is in the wrong here?

    Sounds like the issue is that your husband thought he would be the 12u coach in the fall after an "apprenticeship" under the 10U HC but now the HC wants to move his DD up and will manage the 12U team, instead of your husband? If this correct? Here's my 2 cents having coached from 6U until 1st...
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    Best time to tell assistant you don’t need him anymore

    I would tell him after all-stars. If you do it now, the whole all-star season might be incredibly uncomfortable for you and your DD (i.e. he might retaliate by not playing your kid, undermining your coaching advice, etc.). In addition, maybe his DD improves after all-stars and makes your cut for...
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    14yo Maddie

    It's great to see all of the hard work that Maddie (and dad) put in is paying off!
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    Accuracy and hitting batters 10u

    Lisa Fernandez would tell the story that when she first started pitching she hit 15 batters. Her goal the next game was to "only" hit 14 batters, and so on. Pitching is a marathon and you might not see good results for many many months. But keep at it. It's all about proper mechanics, and...
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    Predictions on the WCWS??

    "The players were still doing that. The good luck charms and clowning in the background during interviews. So not sure what you mean in stopping them? " Not sure you remember 3 or 4 years ago but the skits, outfits, huge plastic horse heads, etc. were out of control in the dugout, presumely to...

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