I just recently started coaching a little kid (8 years old) and this youngster is part of a travel team. The coaches for that travel team (according to the kid and his father) have instructed all their pitchers to pitch from the 'stretch'.
Now let me tell you I pitched in college for a division 1 team so I have a lot of experience in this field (no pun intended), but I can't seem to figure out a legitimate reason as to why this is preferred.
In my opinion the stretch is more advanced than a wind-up, ESPECIALLY AT THE AGES OF 8-12. I mean, the stretch is used to keep runners close to the bag while they take a lead. At the age of 8, base runners aren't even allowed to take a lead, or even steal until the ball crosses home plate! The timing, the mind-set, and the form is advanced for such young and developing players. And of course when I started coaching this kid and witnessed his stretch, the form was decent, but if you are going to start coaching a kid with pitching from the stretch I think they should at least be taught the correct methods. Such as not allowing the shoulders to move, stopping your glove after you are set, etc.. not a non-stop motion after coming to the set position.
Now, I have played with great players who don't use the wind-up either but again, they are far more advanced than an 8 year old player.
Can i get some explanation as to why this is preferred?