Alright, here is my dilema… I coach 11’s gonna be 12 next year. We are playing fall ball. At the beginning of fall ball I told my 2 hardest throwing pitchers they would not pitch in fall ball(I just wanted to rest their arms) Fall ball is not really competitive for us, we use it as extended tryout and to let guys try different positions, etc. Well these 2 ask me last week if they could pitch this weekend, just a couple of innings or so. ( I think they miss being on the mound) Well one of them, we have been working on some delivery changes. But my main concerns are this…First is I really wanted them to just rest their arms thru the fall and we would work more closely and harder in winter work outs. Second, We have been doing semi regular bullpens in practice, but these two are not as sharp as they could be. I don’t want to ruin their confidence if they go on the mound and get shelled or if they have control problems. So ask all of you…should I let them pitch or tell them no? Brian Spencer
Brian; I’m not sure that resting their arms THAT much will be beneficial. How’s about letting them crank out an inning 2X/week. 2 innings per week max. That won’t hurt them unless they were abused last season. I’m sure they weren’t if you had anything to do with it. I have mandated a 2 month period for all of my students where they are not even allowed to THINK about baseball (thought patrol is alive and well) in November and December. January 1 we will start a butt kickin’ conditioning routine. Feb 1 we start throwing. Feb 15 we begin with pitching. My best guess is that 2 months will heal most asymptomatic arm problems. Jay Mansfield The BIG DOG is BACK !
Thanks guys for the replies. Trust me, these two don’t necessarily need the rest. And the parents do understand(One of the boys is MY son, the other our primary catcher). I think some of it is we have played 6 games and lost 4 by a run and they think they could have made a difference. As they probably would have, but in fall we do stress development of new guys and pitchers. I think the kids just hate losing games they know they can win. We had zero arm problems this year. And cross your fingers that will continue. We have 14 kids playing fall baseball and 11 pitch so it is about dividing the 14 innings up. I guess I’ll play it by ear. Some weekends not everyone shows so maybe I’ll throw them if by chance we are short. Hey Jayman… I am here everyday, I haven’t gone anywhere. I just don’t comment as much. There seems to be way to many opinions already. *L* If you know what I mean.
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