I grew up playing AABC ball. We started pitching when we were 7 years old, started leading off at 11, and that's when full fledged baseball started. As a pitcher, with a lot of talent, i was instructed by Leo Mazzone himself to throw a curve w/ my wrist only. I did this, and mastered a knuckleball by age 12, and was very successful.
I started throwing a true curveball and slider at 14 years old. By 16, i had an 89mph fastball, spiltfinger changeup that varied 5-15mph from my fastball, slow dropping curve at about 67-68mph, slider at 83-84mph, and a nice, 89mph two finger cut-fastball. I never had any arm trouble.
Like my parents, this should be regulated in the home IMO........worry about your child's talent when he/she is old enough to be recognized and bloom so to speak. As far as "JUNK"..........depends on the definition....if junk is off-speed stuff, knuckleball's, tailing fastball's, then it should be aloud. But, plain and simple, a kid will throw what works unless HE is convinced other wise. A good, hard throwing 12 yr old pitcher, will be un-hittable in decent rec-ball.usually no junk is needed...however, at the LLWS, things are different and Parents, Coaches, and whomever is involved should be instructed to look out for a child's best interest.
I was offered 5 scholarships out of Highschool to pitch,2 were div 1 schools, and was recruited by a Pirates' scout, offer wasn't good enough for me. I had some personal issues that killed the scholarships, mainly the fact it was more politicing than anything. I was set up to walk-on at ABAC...then my wildlife Technology courses labored me into 19 hours a week...i knew i couldn't play and pass....it was either-or........so i decided school was #1, because i knew being right handed and only throwing 89mph, i couldn't be a millionaire, commanding 6 pitches or not. All this being said, i did some ligament damage two months ago in my right elbow......throwing a dadgum biodegradable out the window of a freight train.
Last edited by kcausey; 08-28-2005 at 12:45 AM.