What are the functional things that doing long toss does to translate into improved velocity?
Ending session with 110% pitches and a speed gun probably has the same effect, but also provides another way to break up a routine and set/achieve goals.
Last edited by Ken B; 11-26-2018 at 02:34 PM.
Doug Romrell (11-26-2018)
Definitely. It's REALLY tough to "stick it" in walk throughs, so I allow for a little hop forward as long as posture is maintained. I just don't want kids muscling with the shoulders. If you've seen Abbott in the Jaeger Long Toss video, what you don't really see is her doing this hop forward when she gets way out.
I don't think that long toss or 110% pitches at the end of a session will have as much of an effect on speed as does fine tuning form and a good strength and conditioning routine. I like long toss and all out pitches at the end of a session because they're fun and help break up a work out. They feel good! As long as they aren't taken to an extreme, I say throw them into the routine making sure that form isn't sacrificed.
The other day a local girl hit 60--she just turned 13 and is pretty short for her age. Her work ethic and desire are tremendous, but I had to wonder if there wasn't a secret drill or something she used to get over 57. I asked dad about it and he attributed it to a focus on form (palm up specifically) her strength and conditioning program and her drive to achieve her goals. Looking forward to seeing where her work ethic takes her!
Last edited by Ken B; 11-27-2018 at 11:26 AM.