A lot of people think they are aware of the art of throwing a curveball, but they actually aren’t. Here are a few tips and tricks to figure out how to throw a curveball.

Baseball is a tough sport and one of the toughest things in this sport is learning how to throw a curveball.

The main reason people keep failing at it is that they don’t have a firm grip on how to grip the ball and how to throw in order to get the perfect curveball.

Let’s learn how to throw a curveball with the guide given below.

### · The Spin Direction

Not knowing the direction of the spin is one of the major reasons why most beginners are unable to throw a curveball. Since the spin and the curve of the ball is the main element of it, it is crucial to get that right in order to master it properly.

Do not turn and twist your wrist sideways while you are throwing the ball. This will help you get rid of the sidespin element.

Also, a twist of the wrist can be wrong as the pressures created on the will deflect and make it difficult for it to break down properly.

### · Fastness

The next element we have to keep in mind is the fastness of the all. This includes the spin and the speed of the ball.

It is the rule of the thumb that faster speed and faster spin will lead to a much better break of the ball. The spin speed is measured in RPMs so calculating that shouldn’t be a problem.

The spinning speed of the ball is the major component here. You have to keep in mind that the break will completely depend upon the speed of the spin. The faster your spin is, the excellent your break will be.

Furthermore, we have to keep the pitch speed in mind as well. For this step, you need to keep in mind how a fastball is thrown and apply the same step here as well.

Similar to a fastball, in a curveball, the arm speed will also be at your full capacity. The difference comes when that arm speed is converted into spin speed.

Often beginners come up with various excuses about the pitch while they are also not putting their full capacity intensity in the ball.

This is not wrong. Your intensity of throwing the ball should always be 100%. The step would depend on the pitch as the output velocity is one aspect that is unpredictable and varies from pitch to pitch.

### · Gripping the Ball

• Firstly, the grip of the ball is the first step to mastering a handball. The placement of the middle finger and the index finger is crucial. Start by placing your middle finger on the seams of the ball and the index finger on the leather. This will help you get a grip that can generate spin with force.
• Secondly, keep the ball close to your palm and stick your thumb on the opposite side of the ball. Similar to the middle finger, this will also leverage the seams a little bit.
• Place the ring finger on the side of the ball. It should be done in such a way that the knuckle is positioned on the side. You want to keep your pinky finger completely off the ball. This is the best positioning for your fingers.Moreover, in this way you can ensure that with the ball close to your palm, there will be a high amount of velocity and pressure generated which can make or break your spin.

### · Throwing the Ball

• Firstly, start a bit slow while you are learning how to throw a curveball. If you yank the ball on the first go, you might have some trouble. Start by throwing it from your knee to ensure that the spin works. This is a great way to work on your body movement. Increase the speed with each try as you go along.
The trick is to make sure you consistently throw a good ball rather than throwing a fast one. We can always work on speed as we go along.
• When you are about to throw the ball, position your hand a little to the side. It is the best way to produce topspin as with the help of it, your fingers will be on the front of the ball and you can pull the ball down on the pitch with more ease.
• Next up is a foolproof pitch to make your ball difficult to play for the batsmen. Also, remember to shoot the ball from your middle finger with 100% intensity. This will give it the effect of a yank and make it challenging to play.

Don’t just throw it out though. Keep a firm command on the ball during this process.

Ensure that the ball is under your control which can be done by working on the positioning. The more you can throw with the back of your hand, the better your curveball will be.

### Should 12 year olds throw curve balls?

James Andrews (renowned orthopaedic surgeon and medical director for the Andrews Institute) recommends that youth pitchers refrain from throwing curveballs until they have mastered the fastball and change-up and are at least 14 years old4.

### How fast should a 12 year old pitcher throw?

Curveballs, once considered too risky for young arms, rule at the Little League World Series. Now, from the same slot where Perrot throws his fastball, the curveball came looping out instead, starting down the middle of the strike zone even with a hitter’s belt before exiting stage left at his ankles.

### Should a 10 year old throw a curveball?

Pitching velocity by age in the U.S.
Age Average Velocity¹ Your Goal²
10 47 MPH 50 MPH
11 52 MPH 55 MPH
12 55 MPH 60 MPH
13 62 MPH 65 MPH

### How fast should a 10 year old throw?

The biggest problem with pitchers throwing the curveball at an early age isn’t necessary the risk for injury, but the risk of slowing down the fastball/velocity development process. If it is more important for 10 yrs old to be the highlight of his career, then throw the curve ball.

### Can a 12 year old throw a slider?

The average fastball velocity for pitchers 10 years old and younger is between 40-50 mph. The average change up speed for this age group is about 10 mph slower, putting the velocity between 30-40 mph.

### At what age can a kid throw a curveball?

What pitches should a 12yearold throw? 12yearolds should stick to throwing fastballs and change-ups. Throwing other pitches, like curveballs or sliders, can place unnecessary pressure on a young pitcher’s shoulder.

### How hard should a 15 year old pitcher throw?

If your kid can consistently throw strikes with his fastball, utilize his change up or cutter effectively, has a solid set of mechanics and maturity, and is around 15 years old, then you can introduce a curveball. The curveball should be treated like a reward for youth players.

### How much should a 12 year old throw a baseball?

Generally, 14 year old average cruising speed would be about 65 mph. Average freshman pitcher (14 to 15 year old) cruising speed would be about 70 mph. Average cruising speed for a good high school pitching prospect at 14 to 15 years old would be about 75 mph.

### How far should a 13 year old throw a baseball?

While Little League has a mandated pitch counts (50 pitches for 7 and 8-yearolds; 75 pitches for 9 and 10yearolds; 85 for 11 and 12-year olds) Kremchek, however, thinks parents should keep count themselves because coaches often don’t enforce them.

### Why does a 2 seam fastball move?

(Typically 46-50′ Pitching Distance)
Age Daily Max (Pitches in Game) 2 Days Rest
9-10 75 36-50
11-12 85 36-50

### What was the fastest pitch ever thrown?

(Typically 60′ Pitching Distance)
Age Daily Max (Pitches in Game) 2 Days Rest
13-14 95 36-50

### Why is a 4 seam fastball faster than a 2 seam?

Typically, the two-seam has more movement if the pitcher applies index fingertip pressure, or holds the baseball deeper in the hand. Both techniques cause the ball to spin out of the hand off-center and away from the pitcher, similar to the spin of a changeup.