After observing Justin Verlander the past several years throw harder in the last part of a game than at the start, how do youth and high school coaches teach their pitchers to maintain their velocity throughout a game? Coaches can only develop the talent pitchers were born with. It’s what we call their sports DNA. What they do have control over is maximizing velocity and command of the strike zone through preparation.
Preparation involves conditioning, core and power training, pitching strategy, and teaching pitching mechanics correctly according to the individual. This program will help pitchers control the four quadrants, and with continued diligence and repetition, pitchers can correct mechanics and increase velocity.
Youth and high school pitchers can have success if they work at these facets of pitching and continue to accept coaching, no matter the body type or talent level.