There has been and continues to be a major epidemic throughout baseball starting at ages as young as eight years old. That epidemic is over-pitching or “abusing” young pitchers, using them repeatedly all for the sake of winning. This is not only ruining young pitchers, but is ruining the sport.
I have not only personally witnessed this on many occasions, I have heard dozens upon dozens of stories where pitchers of all ages are being asked to throw astronomical amounts of pitches with minimal rest.
What is the cost? The cost is the life of that young pitcher’s arm and possibly his career. Every arm only has so much life in it and when you abuse it, the length of that life drops drastically.
Plain and simple, what coaches are doing is stealing a young pitcher’s future all for the sake of winning a trophy.
This “innings pitched” rule in tournaments and leagues is not enough. The limits must be pitch counts. There have been enough medical studies out there determining what is SAFE and what is not.
I am watching the Little League World Series right now. They have it right. Any pitcher who throws 66+ pitches must have four days off. Note. It is NOT innings. It is pitch count.
I will give you an example of what I am talking about. A travel team played five games in four days, then the next week another five games in four days. Two pitchers threw the maximum allowed two innings every single game! That is 20 innings pitched in about 10 days. An average pitch count for a good inning is 15-20 pitches. Do the math. That’s 200+ pitches in 10 days at the ages of 9-12.
Yes, there was rest from Monday through Thursday, but that was after the damage had already been done. 40+ pitches three consecutive days is flat out “ABUSE”.
I even heard and assistant coach tell a head coach to not pitch a kid because he was hurting. He had ice on his arm after every game due to being in pain. The Head Coach relented saying, “I am the Head Coach. I decide who is pitching and he is pitching!” And the parents just sat back and let it happen.
To put this in perspective, a major-league pitcher will throw anywhere from 80 to 100 pitches per start. They get four days rest in between. And these are freak athletes with incredible strength and stamina. They are also being paid tens of millions of dollars each year.
A professional relief pitcher, even closers, will hardly ever appear in more than three games in a row.
This epidemic needs to stop. The winning at all costs attitude is nothing but abuse when it comes to pitchers. In my mind, there is zero genuine caring for the welfare and well-being of the player. This to me is sick. Coaches and parents (they are just as responsible) are literally stealing the future from young pitchers…. before it even has a chance to begin.
You don’t believe me? I will give another example of a young pitcher I know. He was abused for so long at such a young age, that by age 12 he was in so much pain, he went to a specialist who in the ends said, “Your pitching career is over”. He will never pitch again!
And for what? A Trophy that collects dust on a shelf?
You don’t have enough pitchers? Develop them. You don’t know how to develop them and teach safe mechanics? Hire someone who does.
Don’t let a doctor tell your son, “Your pitching career is over,” because his arm is damaged beyond repair due to abuse. PLEASE!!
The National School of Baseball and Softball is proud to announce it will be hosting private tryouts for a 14U and 16U Softball Team.
Tryouts will be held by appointment on Thursdays until the teams are filled.
To schedule a tryout, contact Coach Pete at 630-699-7031 or Coach Sam at 630-917-1085.
Tryouts will be held at our NEW HOME! 23810W. Industrial Drive Plainfield, IL
The National School of Baseball and Softball, in conjunction with Tier 1 Athletic Performance, is proud to announce its Biomechanics Pitching Velocity Program.
Join us for 20 possible sessions – twice a week for 10 weeks (makeup dates available). Sessions are 90 minutes long.
When: Week of September 11 – November 18
Who: Small groups of six or less based on age. Pitchers 8 years and older welcome.
Where: Our new home of course! 23810 W. Industrial Drive Plainfield, IL
Price: $899 – averages $44.95 per session
- Dynamic biomechanics to maximize accuracy & velocity
- Physical Training & Nutrition by Expert Certified Insured Trainers
- Mental Toughness
How it Works:
- Intense biomechanics warm-ups and drills (Coach Pete) 25 minutes
- Biomechanics Physical Training and Nutrition: Pitcher Strong (Tier One) 45 minutes
- Creation of Optimum Accuracy and Optimum Velocity (Coach Pete) 20 minutes
Strength, Power, Endurance, Balance, Flexibility in all the right parts of the body to create: Optimum Accuracy and Optimum Velocity
Educate, Demonstrate, Motive, Create = DOMINANT LONGEVITY
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Batting Cages & Pitching Lanes Available For Rent. Pay as you go!
Purchase one of our two packages & Enter our RAGE in the CAGE competition!
PRIZES for Top-Notch Hitting!!
- 5 Hours of Cage Time = $125
- 10 Hours of Cage Time = $200
Or Join a 6 Week Softball Pitching Clinic with Coach Sarah Burke
Starting at 10am and going throughout the day beginning
Wednesday, July 12th and continuing thru Wednesday, August 16th.
23810 W. Industrial Drive
Visit Our New Location!
- Stay tuned for upcoming Summer Camps and Clinics for both baseball and softball. There will be hitting, pitching, all skills and much more.
- Our new home in Plainfield is 23810 W. Industrial Drive, Plainfield. Cages should be up in a few weeks for both lessons and for players to rent!
- State of the art equipment including: radar gun with display board, pitching machines and much more. More details to come very soon.
We will be conducting a GRAND OPENING too.
- Players, teams and organizations welcome!
Start scheduling your softball lessons NOW! With the help of a new softball Head Instructor, Coach Sarah Burke, the NSOB&S is eager to work with aspiring softball players ages five and up.
Contact Coach Sarah at (708) 543-4534.