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Teaching Proper Throwing Mechanics. WSLL—Throwing Mechanics. Importance of Teaching Proper Throwing Mechanics While Player is Young Throwing Muscle Memory Forms Very Early (6-8 years old) Once Formed it is Extremely Difficult to Change Improper Throwing Mechanics

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Teaching Proper Throwing Mechanics


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • Importance of Teaching Proper Throwing Mechanics While Player is Young

    • Throwing Muscle Memory Forms Very Early (6-8 years old)

    • Once Formed it is Extremely Difficult to Change

  • Improper Throwing Mechanics

    • Biggest Problem for Little Leaguers in majors

    • Most Common Reason for not Making High School Team

  • Improper Warm-Up Throwing

    • Majority of Throws for Young Player

    • Reinforcing Wrong Muscle Memory


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • The Grip

    • “Four Seam” Grip


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • The Grip

    • “Four Seam” Grip

    • Center Middle Finger


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • The Grip

    • “Four Seam” Grip

    • Center Middle Finger

    • Thumb Tucked Under


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • The Grip

    • “Four Seam” Grip

    • Center Middle Finger

    • Thumb Tucked Under

    • Three-Finger Grip


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • PRONATION!!!!!!!!!


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • PRONATION!!!!!!!!!


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • PRONATION!!!!!!!!!


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

The “natural” finish to a straight throw


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • No “Warm-Up” Throwing!!!

    • Only Throwing Drills

    • Coach Must Watch

  • Flip Drill

    • Throw with Wrist Only

    • Pronate

    • Use Non-throwing Hand to Support Elbow (at least for younger children)

  • Checkpoint Drill

    • “Checkpoint Position”

    • Throw and Follow Through with Pronation

    • Turn into Throw, not Step into Throw


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

YES

  • Practice Throws

    • No Kidding Around

    • Full Throws

    • Hip/Body Turn

      • Ear “Shot Put” Throws

    • What Coach Looks For

      • Walk Behind Line

        • Pick Up Rotation

        • Look for “Dot”

      • Watch from Side—See Follow-Through Hand Position

    • Players Pick Up Each Other’s Rotations

(Lefty)

NO


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • Other Drills

    • Spinner

      • www.clubK.com

    • Knee Drill

    • Star Drill

    • Relay Drill

    • Skip Step Drill

    • Crow Hop Drill

    • Follow-Throw Drills

      • Only After Turn is Learned


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WSLL—Throwing Mechanics

  • Curve Balls

    • Never for Children Under 11

    • Only acceptable rotations:

    • Never Acceptable:

(Lefty)


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