Youth Baseball Pitching Workouts

 

Pitching Workout Program (Ages 8-13)

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Mechanics. Velocity. Arm Care. Here's baseball’s hottest new training program for safely developing successful youth pitchers ages 8-13.

This 90-page year-round training plan covers all the bases, helping your son install speed, strength, power and flexibility so his overall performance jumps while his risk of injury goes down.

 

Coaching Youth Pitchers

Learn What Skills To Teach Youth Pitchers And At What Ages

By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

TUFFCUFF JR

Learn more about our 90 page training guide for youth pitchers ages 8-13

Have you ever wondered why kids have trouble performing different baseball tasks? You can teach kids some things over and over and over but still, they don't fully get it. What can explain this?

Baseball pitching is supposed to be fun at all ages and it certainly can be. However, one of the most important aspects of coaching youth pitchers is making sure that the expectations put on kids are correct for their particular age.

Individually, kids tend to mature differently. But in general, kids in certain age ranges can handle performing certain tasks. Coaching youth pitchers means to give kids the best chance for success and that means providing pitching instruction that is appropriate to their age.

These are some basic guidelines for what a pitcher should begin to understand and in what age range. Understanding these general guidelines will help ensure that you're teaching age-appropriate information and that the players are being challenged with pitching information they can understand.

Pitchers Ages 5-7

Throwing mechanics are what's important in this age range. Kids' hands are small and are generally not ready for anything other than gripping the ball with three fingers.

Place emphasis on:

  • Gripping the ball with the middle, ring, index fingers and thumb
  • Turning the body sideways so that the front shoulder is pointed at the target
  • Stepping in the direction of the target with the Glove Side Foot
  • Making a throw with the pitcher's elbow around shoulder height
  • Releasing the ball when the hand is high and out front

Pitchers Ages 7-9

Importance is still placed on throwing mechanics only with a little more detail.

Place emphasis on:

  • Applying a 4-Seam Grip to the ball
  • Turning body sideways to the target, pointing the front shoulder
  • Gaining momentum through a back-to-front weight shift
  • Stepping in the direction of the target
  • Getting both elbows up around shoulder height
  • Releasing the ball up and out in front with the head on target

Pitchers Ages 10-12

By this age, pitchers' bodies have continued to mature and kids should have a clearer understanding of the basic concepts of weight shift and pitching mechanics.

Mentally, kids at this age can handle more information such as the differences in the windup and stretch, different fastball grips and how to throw a changeup.

Place emphasis on:

  • Teaching the mechanics of the windup with proper tempo
  • Teaching mechanics of the stretch
  • The differences between the 2 and 4-Seam fastballs
  • The concept of a changeup and the proper grips
  • Introduce basic responsibilities of the pitcher as a fielder
  • Concept of runners leading off and pickoffs

Pitchers Ages 13-14

By this age, kids should have a good grasp on the idea of developing tempo, rhythm and momentum in a direct line to the target. They should also understand the basics of controlling the running game, different fastball grips, how to throw a changeup and how to take care of their arm during the season in between games.

Baseball coaches should still be teaching pitchers the fundamentals of the game and pitching. Fundamentals remain the backbone of successful performance at any level.

Remember, at this age kids are also making the adjustment to a bigger field with longer bases and a longer pitch to the plate. Be cognitive of the extra strain that places on the pitching arms of kids that are still growing and maturing.

Place emphasis on:

  • Developing repetitive pitching mechanics with great tempo
  • Learning stretch mechanics that are quick but still effective
  • How and when to throw the changeup in game situations
  • Fielding the position appropriately (i.e. bunts, double plays, covering first base)
  • How to use pickoff moves and hold times to control runners

Pitchers Ages 15+

Coaching youth pitchers at this age is now very involved. By now, pitchers should understand mechanics, how to build pitching strength through proper workouts, how to control base runners, how to field the position, how to throw 2 and 4-seam fastballs, how to throw a changeup and the proper way to throw a curveball.

The game of baseball speeds up the older you get and by age 15 pitchers are usually serious about playing and getting better.

Place emphasis on:

  • Continuing to develop solid, repeatable, powerful, athletic pitching mechanics with great rhythm and tempo
  • Throwing all pitches for strikes in all counts to all hitters
  • Developing a strong curveball with tight rotation
  • Pitching strategies for knowing what to throw and when to throw it
  • Controlling the running game
  • Stretch mechanics that are under 1.3 seconds to the plate but that don't sacrifice good stuff to do that
  • Understand pitcher's responsibilities on bunt plays, 1st and 3rd, backing up bases, fielding
  • Learning how to control emotions and thoughts and how to focus on solutions not problems

These guidelines give you an idea of what baseball pitchers should know and when they should know it. Certainly, not every pitcher will fit this mold as some will progress faster or slower than others.

Use these general guidelines if you're thinking about coaching youth pitchers and you'll guarantee that you're players have their best chance at success.

TUFFCUFF JR

Learn how to safely train and develop successful youth pitchers ages 8-13

Title: TUFFCUFF Jr
Author: Steven Ellis and Chris McCoy
Spiral bound, 90 pages
Price: $64.95
Avg rating:  (156 reviews)

 

 

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