The famous phrases we have all heard… Get to your balance point, Pause at the top.
I have heard these phrases for 30 years from coaches at the youth level up to the big leagues.
As a father of 4 young kids who are all involved in athletics, the appreciation I have for coaches especially those who volunteer their time and effort just for the love of the game is unbelievable. I truly respect and value all coaches and the amount of dedication it takes. What I am about to say is to guide and help these coaches so that they can pass the right information on to the players.
My 14 year old plays club baseball and has tournaments nearly every other weekend. Not a game goes by where I hear the cliche “get to your balance point” from a coach yelled to the pitcher. A few months ago a coach that I know told his pitcher this in the middle of the game playing against our team.
After the game we met in the parking lot and chatted for a few minutes. The majority of the conversation was about getting a few of his pitchers on a lesson schedule with me. This opened the door for me to ask the question… Why do you tell your pitchers to get to their balance point?”
What I liked about his answer was the honesty of it. The coach really did not have an explanation for the phrase. He said, “ I have always heard other coaches saying the samething, so I just thought it was common to tell a pitcher if he is struggling.”
Unfortunately, this is not the solution for a pitcher who is struggling.
Pitching for most baseball players typically starts at a very young age. Out here is Arizona, on average we have 300 days of sunshine a year. Baseball is played year round, pitchers start as early as 6 years old. In every sport, habits are formed at a young age. For this reason, here are two of the top pitching mistakes a player can make.
Stay away from these!