My son is 9 years old. He pitched a little in fall ball, and he'll be pitching a lot this spring season. I was never a pitcher, so I don't know that much about it. I've tried to study up on it as much as possible.
One of the things that has helped him out was to draw a line in the dirt to make sure that his left foot (he's a right hander) is landing in a straight line to the plate. As much as we work on this, he always lands about 4"- 5" to the left of the line. He throws more strikes than the other pitchers on his team, but still.... Is that something to work on, or just leave alone, since it's not real far off the line.
One more question: I have never been able to get him to keep his hand behind the ball to get the backspin. His throws always have kind of a.... 2 o' clock to 7 o' clock spin. He throws hard, and his elbow is shoulder level, but his arm is kind of 3/4.
With a young kid, I feel like I should choose my battles. I can't try too much all at once and I don't want to take the fun out it.
Thanks in advance.