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jimmiemac
06-04-2004 @ 12:32 PM                          
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Very common to see in a lot of pitchers, especially at this age.  Some of it is not having confidence, but a lot of it is just pure tension.  Velocity drops as the muscles get tense and you will usually see a more deliberate looking wind up.  Experience, proper breathing, and other relaxation techniques should cure this.

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JeffS.
10-22-2005 @ 9:52 PM                          
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I have a 14 year old son who is in the same boat.  He sees a pitching coach and we throw quite a bit on the side.  He had a major knee operation several years ago so he is behind his peers physically, but one thing he does fairly well is pitch.  He is a left handed pitcher who, when throwing with me or the coach, tops out at about 65mph.  We are working on building his arm strength with bands and a long toss program.  Unfortunately when he gets in the game he throws significantly slower.  Right now the only thing I can think of is to stand up to the plate with a bat and have him pitch to me, but I don't know if that will help.  If anybody out there has any suggestions please let me know, because I am stumped.

Jeff

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10-25-2005 @ 8:34 PM                          
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Jeffs,

You might think I am crazy, but do not go to a game where he is
scheduled to pitch, and see if it still happens.

My son had a similar problem, and once we identified the problem as
being 'performance anxiety' he understood what was going on, and
regained his loose, easy throwing motion and his velocity caame
back...

Might be worth a shot if no obvious mechanical differences.

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