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- Long tossing is a great tool to build arm strength, but coaches/parents—especially at the 12-U Level—need to make sure the pitcher is doing it correctly.
- Find the proper distance: Keep an eye on the pitcher’s body, making sure they are not overexerting—things like flying open and straining their neck during the release or missing the target by a large margin.
- Don’t fix too long with too short: On the reversal of too much distance, long tossing at too short of a range can cause an issue because the pitcher will tend to use only the arm.
- Find a happy medium, where the pitcher is using their feet to build momentum, staying within their proper mechanics, and hitting the target—or at least keeping it within a reasonable area to the receiver.