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When to let a kid just be a kid?
advice for parents of young pitchers.
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September 19, 2012 – 8:01 pm
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so far things are going well.  i had “the talk” with him where i apologized if i pushed him too hard.  i told him that i see his potential and i just want him to do well.  i said that i wouldn’t push him to work anymore….even if he asked me too (which is how we got to this place to begin with).  it’s all up to him.  when he wants it bad enough, he will make time to work at it.  he has the 3X program and knows what he has to do, the rest is up to him.

 

meanwhile, i started working the 3x program with renewed interest since i was asked to pitch on a men’s hardball team for over 35 year olds (but you can’t pitch unless you are over 38).  i’m 45 now, and they start up again in March, so i want to be ready to at least try out.  i ain’t throwing no gas (55-60mph) but neither are the other guys.  i was told that i would be considered serious heat at the last tournament they held.  lol.  what i do have is a sick curveball, a slider, 2 finger knuckle curve and i’m fairly accurate at hitting the corners.  add to that; i’m 6’6″ and hide the ball pretty well nowadays…so by the time i release, you might think i’m throwing much faster than i am.   i will be posting a video clip shortly, hopefully i look better than my age suggests.  lol.

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Singtall,

 

Thats great!!! Nic has a ton of talent and potential. At his age, time is on his side and if he get away from baseball for a few months, he will begin to realize how much he misses it. And how good he can become. I dont think the lost time will cost him at all. Puberty is a great equalizer. As I said before, I lost track of how many 12-13 year old Little League superstar my son (age 16) played with, just quit or never matured. And how many sucky kids are now High School studs. I guess thats why I am so layed back with my 10 year old. Let em have fun at that age….

 

Glad to see your pitching. If you post a pitching clip will you let Brent do an online analysis!!!!

 

Also, post a clip of your guitar playing (in concert???)

 

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Haha, yea definitely post a video! Don’t forget that you still have to keep pushing him. If you let him do whatever he wants, he will turn out to never achieve his dreams. Only when he realizes this, will he change his attitude towards working up to his goals. So keep pushing him, but so that he doesn’t feel that you are making him do things, but so that he does things out of his own will. But yes he is still young, and has lots of time, but make that time NOW. There’s no point waiting, because nothing is going to appear magically.

       

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things are going well now.  we just finished a bullpin that Nicolas wanted to throw.  i have been working out and pitching by myself and showing improvement, so he decided to join in and is now initiating practice time.  he also just started Parkour which is really helping him out.  he started watching videos of a professional teaching all of the basics and he said “this guy reminds me of Brent…but without the big chest and muscles”.  lol.  the guy was teaching about velocity and momentum, stuff we have heard plenty with 3X pitching.  Nic is having to build leg speed and strength, which is always good for pitching too.

 

i will post my mechanics for analysis.  i’ve posted before, but not much changed the first couple times.  i had to get stronger to really see changes.  another thing that helped is vitamins…i take vitamins with extra ingredients for joint pain relief.  before the vitamins, i stayed in pain.  it’s hard to pitch when your knees, hips, and shoulders are hurting.  now that the pain has stopped, i’m good to go.  i still can’t run full speed under control yet, which i feel is essential to be able to do to get the most of 3X pitching.  if you can’t run, it’s hard to push off the mound with any speed.

 

the other thing that was pretty hard to learn was “falling” off the mound.  i had to work hard to get to the point where my hips and upper body moved away from my back foot by leg lift.  to me, it feels like falling forward and pushing off right before i pass the point of no control.  weird feeling when you first learn it.

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Singtall,

 

Thats great! What is  Parkour??? I’ll have to go to youtube sometime……

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Wow! I can relate to Nic here I guess. Before I met 3X I was your regular baseball junkie. As you know, how results are the greatest motivators? Well, I wasn’t getting any success. That’s when I decided to do something different. My friends had invited me to play some basketball. So as you know, I tried it. What I found interesting was that basketball had so much variety, same with parkour. In basketball and parkour you have so many moves you can perform and it is an achievement if you do one of those hard moves. I guess Nic just wanted a little bit of variety. Compared to baseball, there’s really only a few fundamentals. For those out there who are in this stage of disliking baseball, or not wanting to play baseball anymore, baseball is just as fun as it gets! If you don’t like it, push through it! If you move away from it, I’ll tell you that you’ll regret not playing baseball anymore!

Here’s the article https://www.topvelocity.net/inc…..irst-move/ Yes, it definitely is a weird feeling the first time you do it.

Scott, parkour is like advanced movements like wall climbing, free running, the extreme things that you see those ninjas out there do!

       

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I think parkour was invented by the French military.  like he said, it’s a bunch of running, jumping and climbing.

 

i think that Nic has renewed interest in baseball because he tried other things and found out that there are fundamental rules in everything you do….and he already knows baseball, so it’s easier to excel at it.

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here i am today pitching from flat ground.  moving pretty slow, but highly accurate.  i believe my lack of speed has to do with leg strength.  i am still not able to run full speed,  which is crazy that i’m trying to pitch.  here is the video…try not to laugh too hard.

 

http://youtu.be/tcRqwpHPEUA

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