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Hey,Brent
I recently started another kid on the beginners guide. Due to not pulling my son while we finish fall ball. So my question is in the pitchers hand book they return to the mound after 4 weeks so what about after the beginners guide? Should they get on the mound after the beginners 4 weeks or stay-off for eight weeks?

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If you want to put them on the mound once a week for a light pen then I would support this but I feel that at the youth level pitchers must work up to the mound. I tell them that they have to prove to me that they can handle it. Most young pitchers do not have the leg and core strength to pitch off of the mound. All it does with these underdeveloped youth pitchers is reinforce poor mechanics. If I had my vote, I would elect to remove the pitching mound from the youth level.

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Sorry Brent that is what I ment to just have him get some bullpen time. In the beginners guide there is no specific pen time. That’s all I was trying to find out. I will keep him on flat ground. I would like to get some video of him and send it to you this weekend.

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The Beginner's Guide is more for helping the youth or beginner pitcher embrace the 3X approach. It is such a different approach to pitching that before the Beginner's Guide most youth and beginner pitchers struggled to become comfortable with.

Please post your video on the Mechanics and Analysis thread and I will put together the analysis ASAP. Thanks!

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jlsc4 said:

Sorry Brent that is what I meant to just have him get some bullpen time. In the beginners guide there is no specific pen time. That's all I was trying to find out. I will keep him on flat ground. I would like to get some video of him and send it to you this weekend.

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Hey Brent,

 At what age do you consider the youth age to end? as far as going from flat ground to a mound etc. I have learned from several pediatrician's that the end of puberty at 14 1/2 to 15 yrs. old is the area they recommend. I do not know whether they still do it or not, but three years ago in our city parks and recreation department league they had teams with absolutely no exp. on a big diamond, their pitchers had no experience on a regular length mound and they were switching playing games back and forth from the little league field distance to big field, some of the big kids but not even half of them handled themselves fairly well, on the average all of them had more problems than the should have had, 90 feet is quite a distance to throw from cold turkey, I asked one of the coaches if they ever practiced any on a big diamond it was obvious they hadn't, of course he said no and his following comment was, they are fine, (were not fine.)

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I agree that the *youth* age ends at 14 1/2 to 15. In my league, the U15 pitches at 54 feet (approx) and in the U16 they pitch regular distance.

       

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'ours is
 10-11 46'
12 -13 54'
14 and up 60'6"
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