One of the most common questions I get as a Coach is, "How old should a kid start little league pitching?" I was pretty young myself but then again I also had major shoulder surgery in college. With my experience, I would say, "Wait as long as you can to start making little league pitching your number one position."
If you have the dreams of playing Pro ball one day, I would definitely keep your arm as fresh as possible. Pro scouts drool over live fresh arms. Their eyes pop out of their heads when they learn that a young live arm has little time spent on the mound. So that being said, focus more on throwing mechanics than getting time on the hill in the little league to the junior high ranks.
In this article, we will talk more about the best time to start little league pitching and the best training approach for a little league pitcher.
Your 1st Step in Your Little League Career
What you need to do first in your young career is focus one becoming an exceptional athlete. Scouts are looking for players who are talented athletes with little wear and tear. This is true with any recruiters out there. They do not want damaged goods. So the less time spent on the mound, at a young age, and the more time spent improving your athletic performance, the better. Play every position if possible and if you get to varsity baseball in high school and you want to just focus on little league pitching, then I would so, "OK, Do it!"
This doesn't mean you should NOT practice pitching mechanics before high school. Start learning proper pitching mechanics as young as possible because proper little league pitching mechanics mean proper throwing mechanics. Proper throwing mechanics also produce proper hitting mechanics. This is because a Coach who knows how to train proper mechanics, understands how to train the athlete and not just a pitcher or hitter. This is also why I encourage young athletes to play as many sports as possible, without them overlapping. This is because, once again, we must train the athlete and not just one specific talent.
To prove this, just look at Professional sports. Pro sports are full of multi-sport athletes. Greg Maddux is a great golfer, along with John Smoltz, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffy Jr. Cal Ripken loved to play a lot of basketball in the off season. Tom Glavine was drafted in the NHL back in 1984. Michael Jordan retired from basketball to play minor league baseball. Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan, to name a few, played at the same time for the MLB and the NFL . The list goes on and on.
So, stop trying to fit yourself in the perfect mold of a pitcher at 14. Focus on your competitive edge and learn everything you can about the sport and all the positions. I always tell my pitchers, "Train the athlete first and then you can train the pitcher."
The #1 Program for Little League Pitching
This program has helped tons of little league pitchers take the right steps towards building the foundation of the high velocity pitcher. This is the first step of training before you can advance to the 3X Extreme Pitching Velocity Program which will take you to the MLB 90+mph level one day in your pitching career.
The reason the 3X Pitching Beginner Program works is because it is based off of science and it has been proven to build the perfect foundation that you will need to one day advance to the adult level. It isn't rocket science or voodoo, it is the real deal! The program comes with a beginner workload of drills, lifts and exercises scientifically programmed to to prepare you for the next level of more advanced training. The format of the 3X Pitching Beginner Program is to educate you on the 3X approach and get you good at performing the basics along with beginning to move your body efficiently.
If you are serious about your career and have dreams of playing at the top level of baseball one day it start here. Do not hesitate even though you are young because in the end you will learn you always could have benefited from more time training.
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