I just found this site a few days ago when doing a google search looking to increase my knowledge on pitching. My daughter is close to her first year of pitching. She is 11 and is getting a fair amount of mound time on her travel team. Top speed is 51. I would like to post a video in a few days to ask you all to give me some feedback.
Here is what I need advice on...I know there are many schools of thought on pitching. In reading on here I found the term "hello elbow" pitcher which is what she was taught to do by her pitching coach. As she has progressed he really doesn't press the elbow pointed to the catcher. It seems to me that he focuses on the main aspects of the motion. The other thing is he does want them to stride out, but doesn't really press that issue. My daughter does push off the mound, but she doesn't really extend her leg as high as others I have seen on video. Do we need to back up and have her work on her drive from the mound being more explosive? Her pitching coach has helped a lot of pitchers progress to the college level and he has a lot of experience. I guess with my limited knowledge I am unsure if what he is teaching her will hinder her in the future or help her. Right now we throw 3-4 times on our own and 1 day of pitching lesson. What are the meat and potato drills you always do? How long do your pitching sessions last? Do you use any particular training aids? What are your thoughts on what I stated about her drive from the mound or elbow? Thanks for any advice you can offer me and I will post a video soon. One more....what is a DD? I'm sure one of the words is daughter.