Pitch Counts Or Innings Pitched ~ Which Is The Most Effective In Protecting Young Arms?
Pitch counts or innings pitched, a topic which is currently very visible in youth baseball.
Up until recent history, players at the Little League level were limited only to the number of frames they could throw, in a specified number of hours.
The National Federation Of State High School Associations only specifies that each state association shall have a restriction policy to afford players a reasonable rest period between appearances. That seems to be vague at the very least.
Restrictions on the number of frames thrown do offer some protection; but the true culprit is the actual number of baseballs thrown.
In a 6 inning Little League game, a player could theoretically throw as few as 18; but without a restriction, over 100 is a possibility. It leaves the end result to chance and the hope that the coaches in charge make good, rational decisions, based on the well being of the player and not the outcome of the game.
Ideally, you would like to have players with a high number of frames thrown, and a low number of baseballs thrown.
If you think in terms of a baseball game as being shared by 2- 3 players to throw it, the system would be developing more players who could throw, relieving arm and shoulder stress on those that do, and extending the careers of many.
Since baseball's early beginnings, kids have dreamed of becoming major league baseball players. In this modern era, with the advent of year round baseball, many young players succumb to shoulder and elbow injury before that dream can be approached or achieved.
For many, the dream gets realized, only to be lost or shattered by an injury, whose origin began early on in their youth baseball days.
Safety Tips ~ From the Dugout
I Became A Good Pitcher When I Stopped Trying To Make Them Miss The Ball And Started Trying To Make Them Hit It. ( Sandy Koufax )
Just Take The Ball And Throw It. Throw Strikes. Home Plate Don't Move! ( Satchel Paige )
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