Hi Coach Mills. I’d like to know your thoughts on pitching in multiple games on the same day. My 12 year-old played in a tournament this past weekend. On Saturday, he threw 24 pitches (two shutout innings) in a game that started @ 4:30pm. The next morning (10:00am) he was the starting pitcher and threw 43 pitches in three shutout innings. He then pitched two more shutout innings (41 pitches) in a relief appearance later that afternoon (5:00pm). in that last game, he struggled with his control, but it appeared to me that he had more velocity than in the earlier appearances.
He has been following your First Pitch Strike Warm-up and Recovery program (by the way, it seems to be really making a difference…thanks!).
The 24 pitches on one day and the 43 on the?? next more?? than likely will not produce a problem.?? However, I would have stopped him right there.?? No more pitching after that.
That is 70 pitches right there.?? After that you may be pushing the envelope too far.
At this age what you must understand is that y0ur son’s bones are not like mature bones. Orthopedics refer to it as “bone waiting to happen.”?? It is just soft cartilage.???? As the ligaments pull on the bone during stretching and extension of the throwing arm, that happens very fast,?? the bone can be pulled apart and now you have a growth plate injury that can take two years to heal.??
Recovery time is vitally important.?? Not winning games.
Remember we as parents are in control.?? Not those volunteers, most of whom know very little or just enough to be dangerous.
I agree hole heartedly coach! I’ve seen the multiple game scenario way too often. My Son plays 12u as well here in the valley and I’ve personally seen games where opposing coaches value a tournament win over the health of their player.?? We’re fortunate to have a coaching staff who tightly regulate pitch counts and types of pitches thrown over the course of a weekend.
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