On July 26th I posted the article, “Youth Pitchers Get the Short Straw” and I got feedback that made me rethink what I said. Instead of take down my post I’m going to write about what I learned.
Essentially, in the initial post I said that if your goal is to make it Division 1 ball or pro ball, you should refrain from pitching until you get to high school.
Some of the feedback was that you can’t be scared to pitch. You should not prohibit players from doing what they want. If that’s what makes the game fun, then that’s what they should do. Also, I had someone tell me that age restrictions from pitching weren’t the solution, better yet, focus on pre-habilitation.
I completely agree with both of these statements. Like I said in “3 Tips for Travel Ball Pitchers,” arm care is extremely important.
There’s not much I can do about the risk that comes with pitching. I can only warn about what can happen. I regret trying to tell you that your players shouldn’t pitch. Here are my key points – what I think are the most important takeaways from this conversation people are having every day:
- Be aware of the risk involved with pitching. Young kids sometimes think they’re invincible but they’re not.
- Just because you don’t get have any severe pain doesn’t mean you have an iron arm. Years of throwing takes its toll slowly over the course of years.
- Don’t worry about impressing people with velocity or with a curve ball if you haven’t done the necessary pre-habilitation required to throw hard or to throw that curve.
- The stage isn’t big enough to do that until you’re older anyway!
- Don’t be afraid of pitching – in my last post I was too conservative. There needs to be enough pitchers for this game to continue growing! If pitching keeps your son in the game, whether he’s 9 or 19, do it.
I hope I don’t have to write to many more articles admitting I’m wrong. But I’ll never take down a post and pretend it never happened. I will learn from you as much as I hope you learn from me.