Travis Kerber of Elite Baseball Training concludes his master class for youth baseball coaches and parents on how to teach pitching to kids. This is part 2 of a two-part interview with Travis. You can catch part 1 of the interview in Session 11. As a side note, it's pretty neat how what Travis teaches lines up with what Chris O'Leary emphasized in Session 10 about dangerous pitching mechanics...and even what Joe Hallinan discussed in Session 2 about psychology in youth baseball. Love it when our guests have a dovetailed, unified view!
In this episode, you'll learn:
- whether swinging the glove-side arm in a circular path during the delivery is important
- how to achieve hip-shoulder separation
- two primary reasons why kids may throw slower as a pitcher than as a fielder
- the one thing you need to know to teach kids how to be consistent in throwing strikes
- what to teach if your pitcher's glove-side arm flies open after delivery
- whether to teach proper release point
- two ways pitchers can increase injury risk
- whether over-the-top deliveries a higher injury risk than 3/4 deliveries
- whether teaching a "tabletop" follow-through is important
- why you shouldn't teach curve balls to young pitchers even with recent studies concluding that curve balls are not dangerous to young arms
- why youth pitcher change-ups are basically the same speed as their fastballs, and what to do about it
- how Travis teaches the change-up grip
- whether pitchers should fool around with different grips for a fastball delivery
- what three skills/qualities Travis looks for in a good pitcher
- what's the difference between attitude and mentality
- what Travis looks for in his video analysis
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