Pitching machines are a good way for young children to learn to hit the ball. The ball comes across the plate at an even speed and height and so the young swingers can develop their hitting skills on the pitching machine without developing bad habits such as an uppercut swing or other poor techniques. The coaches don’t want to throw the ball too hard when the children are young, and so they lob the ball softly and the child develops a poor habit. Some parent volunteers are worse than the coaches when it comes to throwing badly. Pitching machines can be a wonderful transition between T-ball and live pitching games when they are older. Instead of having a coach pitch to the learner, its best to begin him on a pitching machine as soon as possible to help them become accustomed to the speed of the ball, and the impact on the bat.
Kids have to learn to pitch too, of course, but pitching machines can alleviate the strain and the pressures. Children have to be careful not to pitch too much as excessive pitching can lead to repetitive strain injuries in the arm and elbow. Some of the grips on the ball, like the curve ball or the slider, can also injure if done too much, too repetitively. That’s not to say that kids should not pitch to the other kids, just that it is important not to overdo it. As for the curve ball, or the sliders, a lot of experts agree that these should not be practiced at all by the younger kids. In fact, it’s best to wait until the child is well into their teens before teaching him these throws.
Pitching Machines Pro sell pitching machines that are good for all ages. They understand the needs of young hitters, as they do the experienced ones. They can help you choose the right pitching machine to teach the proper hitting techniques in the youngest students. Having the right pitching machine is important, whether you play for the pros or the little leagues.
Good pitching machines should reach a minimum speed of 45 mph. That’s the least you need for the younger children. Some pro level pitching machines can reach speeds of 90 mph, but you don’t want to go any slower than 45 for younger kids, because if the machine pitches slower, it is not doing any better than the coach could do, and is probably lobbing the ball and teaching poor technique. For youth ball, pitching units that throw up to 50 mph will be sufficient.
Using pitching machines out on your field is like having an extra pair of hands. It’s a coach that never fails, never gets tired and never throws a poor pitch. It can throw fly balls and grounders too but it will never foul. Be careful not to over use them, like too much pitching, these kids are young and can easily overdo it. A child can get hurt if they are hit by a ball travelling at 45 mph so they should be supervised.
Talk to the people at Pitching Machines Pro about pitching machines for your age group. They have the knowledge you need to help you buy the machine that’s right for you.