Too often, I see kids toe the rubber, rock back, swing their arms around and launch the ball toward the plate. Kids love to emulate their favorite players at the plate and on the mound. Heck, I did it too. I would take the mound and do my best Rob Dibble impersonation, unbalanced and with my momentum going in all different directions. I assumed this would help me throw heat right past anyone who dared step in the batter’s box.
Once I began spending more time behind the plate rather than 60 feet in front of it, I realized that the vast majority of people (including myself) had been going about it all wrong. A high-90s fastball is great, but it takes a lot more than a good fastball to get hitters out. There is no substitute for sound pitching mechanics and a catcher that can call a game.
Pitching Mechanics Breakdown