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Blocking 11" vs 12" balls

Nov 18, 2015
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Starting to mix in a 12" ball for my 10U pitcher. I'm noticing the 12" doesn't really hop up on the short pitches as much as an 11". When we move up to 12U, do the 12" balls tend to stay down more than an 11"on those 38' pitches? I know spin will greatly effect things, but is a lower hop / skip something to prepare our catchers for?
 

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As pitchers get older and produce more speed. Pitches tend to have less arc and flatter trajectory.

Majority of dirt pitches stay lower to the ground. Also some instead of bounce, can skim do to spin. Spin can also affect pitch in the dirt to go left or right. Drop spin can tend to "chip" into the dirt. Produces sharper upward bounce.
 
Nov 18, 2015
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Thanks for your insight. I only have a bumpy lawn to compare it against, but have noticed more "skimming" with the 12".
 
Mar 6, 2016
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League we play the 11 ball (10u) is RIF-10 ball. Meaning its made of softer materials inside and bounces more. The 12 ball (12u and up) is usually a Dream Seam ball and is much harder so it "skips" more.
 
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League we play the 11 ball (10u) is RIF-10 ball. Meaning its made of softer materials inside and bounces more. The 12 ball (12u and up) is usually a Dream Seam ball and is much harder so it "skips" more.
The rec league in town uses the "bouncy" balls. I hated them when watching my daughters games. Every game I would see players afraid to get in front of a "grounder" becuase the things bounce all over the place.
 

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