<p>My 12 year old currently utilizes the following warm up routine which I would like forum members to critique. We arrive at the ball park typically 45-60 minutes early so he can begin his cardio work. Once his heart rate is a bit elevated, he begins a body weight warm up program devised by Tom House. This portion of the warm up works all the throwing muscles and their joints “feet to fingertips”.</p> <p>Once this is completed, we then use the First Pitch Warm Up and Recovery program to further loosen up the muscles . We then begin some light throwing moving back to approximately 50 feet. After a few minutes at this stage, he will be the begin trying to locate his pitches.</p> <p>There is no crow hopping going on or static stretches prior to pitching. </p> <p>Funny, I just returned from a minor league game tonight an watched both pitchers throw at further and further distances using the croMethod method. They then began shortening the the throwing distance as they worked back in. I also watched other players doing static stretches as part of their warm up routine before getting ready to throw the ball around. Isn’t this just what Coach Mills said not to do? Please advise.</p> <p> </p>
<p>Coach,</p> <p><br>Is this your son’s routine prior to pitching in a game? Is he throwing from a mound or flat ground after his dynamic warm up?</p>
<p>Yes, this is his typical routine prior to any throwing be it a game or practice session. I supplemented Tom House’s part of the program only because the First Strike program lacked a cardio portion as well as a program for the lower body. Unfortunately, he cannot always be guaranteed to pitch off a mound so some flat ground pitching does occur.</p> <p>Thanks for your interest. I welcome any further insights you may have on this topic.</p> <p>John</p>
Getting ready to throw a bullpen and getting the lower body warmed-up should take no more than 5-7 minutes. First Pitch Strike arm warm-up takes about 9 minutes once learned. Then it’s time to go into the bullpen.
Remember all we are doing it trying to warm-up. That does not take a lot of time.
If you do too much then you fatigue before you throw the first bullpen pitch let alone game pitches.
The research (you can find it on my blog) came out in 2004 that said static stretching prior to pitching reduces velocity and increases the risk of injury.
RE: First-Pitch Strike Warm up and Recovery Program I’m interested in Angel Borrelli’s program after reading the product page, but have some doubts about a real-world ability to implement it prior to pitching. We have tried to use the Alan Jaeger Thrive on Throwing warm-up prior to games over the last 3 seasons. Our experience has been even when we arrive prior to the report time, the coaches gather the players as they arrive eliminating the ability to conduct the warm-up. Our simple tubing warm-up seems to invoke visions of Trevor Bauer because we are utilizing a routine not approved by the coaches. We’ve often resorted to conducting the warm-up in another area of the complex before reporting. It’s not an ideal alternative and the coaches are often more bewildered that we are doing so ‘on the lam’ . None of my sons teams have offered a warm-up beyond the run of the mill static stretching, jogging, playing catch with each other, and throwing a bullpen as the starting pitcher. Another issue is my son is typically not informed that he will start a game until…the warm-up before the game. He’s generally told he will be starting and to get with the catcher to start warming up. Much like Jaeger’s program this program seems like it would require some buy-in by the coaches and I’ve come to believe that’s a difficult task at any age. So while I am a supporter of this approach, how have parents been able to get resistant coaches to allow it? Would this warm-up also be implemented in a situation where your son is already playing but is going to pitch in relief and spends the teams at bat warming up to enter as the new pitcher?
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