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My 9 yo has now mastered 4 pitches

Dec 5, 2017
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Was thinking about a post I read elsewhere and the guy was saying his dd had 4 or 5 pitches. I instantly had the goofy thought that my 9 yo has also mastered 4 pitches- too high, too low, too inside and too outside ;)
 
May 24, 2013
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Was thinking about a post I read elsewhere and the guy was saying his dd had 4 or 5 pitches. I instantly had the goofy thought that my 9 yo has also mastered 4 pitches- too high, too low, too inside and too outside ;)
LOL. In my observations of 9yos, you're on the right track. :)

When someone says their kid "has ___ pitches", it usually means this is the number of pitches they are currently working on developing, with various levels of success. IMO, you don't "have" a pitch until you can throw it, in a game, on any count, with reasonably consistent accuracy to the intended spot, and the pitch does what it's designed to do (curve, drop, etc). Until then, it's a work in progress.
 

pattar

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Jun 8, 2016
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I throw windmill to my 9 YO DD and I have 2 pitches: Strike, e.g. any pitch she swings at regardless of location. Ball, e.g. any pitch she doesn't swing at regardless of location. ;)
The best is when she uses the argument, to prove that a pitch was a ball, "look Dad where it landed"..after it hit the mat behind her, bounced twice and rolled to the side.
 
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Feb 21, 2017
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LOL. IMO, you don't "have" a pitch until you can throw it, in a game, on any count, with reasonably consistent accuracy to the intended spot, and the pitch does what it's designed to do (curve, drop, etc). Until then, it's a work in progress.
I second this. Our goal is usually 8/10 in practice with a std deviation of accuracy (1/2 ball width around). In games it usually yields a overall 3rd-deviation and the desired results.
 

pattar

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Jun 8, 2016
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I second this. Our goal is usually 8/10 in practice with a std deviation of accuracy (1/2 ball width around). In games it usually yields a overall 3rd-deviation and the desired results.
Bolded is taking pitch charting to a whole other level :cool:
 
Feb 28, 2015
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Reminds me of when DD2 was first starting out pitching. Someone asked the DW how many pitches DD2 had. My wife looked at him and said 2.....A ball and a strike.........
 
Jan 28, 2017
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DD is 12 and really thought my DD had mastered her curve ball at 11 and had a hard time throwing her drop. Curve now is 50/50 and drop is pretty good most of the time. Change is either high level or terrible. Will drive you insane. Lol
 
Nov 18, 2015
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I was able to keep up with the COM discussions - if we start talking std dev, I’m raising the white flag - I’m much better with the statistics on the back of a baseball card than the ones from a college textbook!


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Dec 5, 2012
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I just watched a FB post of a 9yo with 4 or 5 pitches.... LOL
coach said curve... fast ball outside.
screw... inside fast ball
drop... low pitch

I need glasses now from the massive eye rolls that have caused me strained vision.
 

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