It was a hard decision, but due to a combination of factors being poor coaching, bad health(my knee), simply knowing that I know how to get better at pitcher more so than the coaching staff, and a desire to experiment, workout, and get better on my own has lead to my to decide to quit playing on the baseball team here at Mount.
I will still be attending school here because I love the actual school, the baseball team was the only issue I had.
With my new found free time, I have been advised by my dad to take two weeks off from doing anything with my legs(except swimming) before I go and see a doctor and have him thoroughly examine my knee. The meeting with the doctor should be happening sometime pretty soon. I'm anxious to see what is making my knee hurt because although I have been nearly completely inactive with my leg, through simple tests of squatting down, I still have pain and I know that I shouldn't.
So while I await the doctor appointment, I have been continuing to workout and throw. I plan on playing this summer in a league closer to home. While my parents supported my decision to stop playing ball here at Mount, they don't want me going to North Carolina to play summer ball when that's all I'm going to play.
With my new found freedom to do what I want to do to get better at pitching and throwing, I have been long tossing on my knees and throwing my tap medicine balls around and seeing what I like doing with them.
My goals have shifted from developing my overall mechanics on the mound(for now)and more to developing explosive upper body mechanics by isolating that part of my mechanics.
While this is a big change for me, it is something that I needed to do in order to get healthy, get better, become more knowledge about what works and what doesn't, and to be much much less stressed about everything related to school ball.
Now on to the fun stuff, since I have been isolating and only working on my upper body mechanics, I have developed new focuses and goals that relate to them.
The first being the most simple, which is to twist my torso aggressively, but with that I had to work on also loading my scap as much as possible, to get the biggest benefit out of the torso twist.
I feel really explosive when it all clicks, and it certainly makes throwing more fun when I'm moving as clicking through this part of my motion as I know am.
I don't know if you already follow my Youtube channel, but I will be posting a lot of videos on there now as I move forward, so I would love if you would check them out.
I don't know if you will view this as bad news, but I'm extremely happy with my decision(it has been about two weeks since I made this decision) and I'm not looking back at all. I'm excited about the things I can now do and what I will accomplish in my future.
My working goal with this mechanical work is to be able to long toss on my knees from 200 ft. The last time I threw outside I was able to get out to 185 ft. Eventually, I would like to get to 225 and possibly 250 ft, but I will move incrementally through my goals.