What I’ve seen in youth baseball is very alarming. Not only are adults teaching the wrong things, they are setting them up for failure by creating bad habits. Some of the bad habits I’ve seen is poor weight transfer (rushing) which causes a pitchers elbow to get above his shoulder when his glove-side foot lands.
This causes an array of problems. Not only does it stop momentum towards the plate which causes a pitcher to have inconsistent location but long-term shoulder health problems as well. What this does is causes tremendous stress on the shoulder joint and can cause potential labrum and rotator cuff issues. Getting my clients to kick this bad habit is difficult. Take a look at a few pictures below with MLB pitchers that get their elbow above their shoulder that have had shoulder problems. Till next time.