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I coach a 13U traveling team made up of the best 12 and 13 year olds in the city of 1.2M where I live. The first thing you have to do when it comes to pitching speed is distinguish between "crow hop" speed and "live batter" speed. Crow hop is taking a few steps and launching the ball with maximum velocity, but without much regard for location control. The best 12 year old I coached could hit 70mph on crow hop, and I expect he'll be closer to 80mph when he's about to turn 14 years of age. No one throws that fast when pitching against a live batter, either in a game situation or in pens, because you need control to ensure you are efective in getting batters out. So, the 12 year old who crow hops 70mph will hit 63-65 mph with decent control in games. I expect when he's 13 he'll pitch with control in the low-mid 70s. This kid is tall and skinny, very dedicated to the sport, and has a competitive streak second to none. If he keeps it up, and avoids injury, he's solid college material.

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โˆ™ 2012-11-06 16:00:37
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