Home > Memberships > The Pro Zone > The Pro Zone Detail

At what age is it safe to teach pitchers the proper mechanics of breaking balls?

Thursday, January 15, 2009 by Anonymous

At what age is it safe to teach pitchers the proper mechanics of breaking balls?

Comments

June 29, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

We first need to define breaking balls. Teaching a young 10 year old a cut fastball ( our preference in presenting a third pitch, fastball and change-up being 1 and 2) makes sense. The potential health issues related to players under 12 throwing curve balls, sliders and split finger fastballs is well chronicled. Others in the industry maintain that thrown properly, these breaking ball pitches impart no more stress on the elbow and shoulder joint than the fastball. The reality is that young players will throw these pitches even when Dad or the Coach say "no". Bottom line, if your young pitcher can control his 2 and 4 seam fastball, find a change-up grip that is comfortable and can lean to alter finger pressure on his fastball, he will be less inclined to throw the breaking balls. Irrespective of what pitch is being thrown, make sure his delivery is sound ( stride length issues, back side rotation, finishing of the shoulders and the timing of shoulder turn with foot plant) a

Add a Comment

Address