13u repeatedly throwing 90 pitches is no big deal???

I go on  youth forum and see an announcement that so and so did a great job going 90 pitches and allowing one run, this would be great if it was the 16u board but it was the 13u board.  My response was you realize 90 pitches is the max for a High School JV pitcher?  The replies back basically said it was no big deal, happens all the time, the parents and coach know what is best.  Um...for those who have older kids do you think it is no big deal?  13u season lasts from end of February to mid July.  So we are pretty much in the beginning.

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The 90 PC on its own doesn't alarm me. The unknowns do worry me. How many high-stress innings? Is he visibly fatigued after 90? How many days off between games? How physically mature (and strong) is the kid? What kind of arm care is the kid doing between games. Will this continue through July? Is the kid moving to 3B after pitching or on "off" games?

For the kid's sake, I hope they know what they're doing.

http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart/pi...elines-ages-13-to-14

MidAtlanticDad posted:

The 90 PC on its own doesn't alarm me. The unknowns do worry me. How many high-stress innings? Is he visibly fatigued after 90? How many days off between games? How physically mature (and strong) is the kid? What kind of arm care is the kid doing between games. Will this continue through July? Is the kid moving to 3B after pitching or on "off" games?

For the kid's sake, I hope they know what they're doing.

http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart/pi...elines-ages-13-to-14

And therein lays the problem...it's allowed, therefor it must be okay to do WEEKLY for MONTHS! 13u tourneys run from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.

13U is the extreme danger zone for young arms. First year on the big field so now he is pumping 60' vs 46'. Many play travel, Rec & School ball. This is insane & a formula for disaster. It's compounded if the kid features on the mound vs just a position player.

MidAtlanticDad posted:

The 90 PC on its own doesn't alarm me. The unknowns do worry me. How many high-stress innings? Is he visibly fatigued after 90? How many days off between games? How physically mature (and strong) is the kid? What kind of arm care is the kid doing between games. Will this continue through July? Is the kid moving to 3B after pitching or on "off" games?

For the kid's sake, I hope they know what they're doing.

http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart/pi...elines-ages-13-to-14

If the kid is throwing 90 pitches, then he is most likely one of the best baseball players on his team.  He probably never sits...

Steve A. posted:

13U is the extreme danger zone for young arms. First year on the big field so now he is pumping 60' vs 46'. Many play travel, Rec & School ball. This is insane & a formula for disaster. It's compounded if the kid features on the mound vs just a position player.

Read this post and started thinking about what, if any, changes should be made between 12U and 13U once they move to the big field.  My oldest was fortunate to have been on a team where lots of kids pitched.  He was a decent size and threw with little effort, so these first outings on the big field were never an issue.  I do have a younger son who will be moving to the big field next year and I am sure he will want to continue pitching.  This will be high effort for him, so any suggestions or observations would be appreciated.

Told my youngest that 2B may be the most contested position next year.  I suspect there will be several wannabe SS's (including my son) that struggle with the increased distance that first year and will no longer be able to deliver the ball via a frozen rope - but will have to incorporate a little extra altitude or end up with the dreaded bounce.

As long as they only care about their kid being a star at 13U.  Terrible choice long term and risky at best.  I can think of a few 10U 11U studs who don't play anymore due to injuries before they even hit high school.  Those trophies ended up in the trash at our house so I can't imagine risking a talented player for a 13U medal.

2017LHPscrewball posted:
Steve A. posted:

13U is the extreme danger zone for young arms. First year on the big field so now he is pumping 60' vs 46'. Many play travel, Rec & School ball. This is insane & a formula for disaster. It's compounded if the kid features on the mound vs just a position player.

Read this post and started thinking about what, if any, changes should be made between 12U and 13U once they move to the big field.  My oldest was fortunate to have been on a team where lots of kids pitched.  He was a decent size and threw with little effort, so these first outings on the big field were never an issue.  I do have a younger son who will be moving to the big field next year and I am sure he will want to continue pitching.  This will be high effort for him, so any suggestions or observations would be appreciated.

Told my youngest that 2B may be the most contested position next year.  I suspect there will be several wannabe SS's (including my son) that struggle with the increased distance that first year and will no longer be able to deliver the ball via a frozen rope - but will have to incorporate a little extra altitude or end up with the dreaded bounce.

Having been through it & watching just about all (I'm not exaggerating) of my kids pals come up lame at 13-14 I can with absolute certainly tell you this for a fact. At 13, first taste of the big field, less is more. What I mean is this: They are now suddenly throwing longer & probably more volume than ever. Everyone wants to show they can handle the jump & air it out. Young, developing plates in the arms. Trying to make the Middle School Team. Still playing travel & perhaps Rec. Slow it down. Guard against any overlap. DO NOT, under any circumstances, play on multiple teams simultaneously (Middle School all week / 19 Travel Ball Games on Sat & Sunday) A few weeks of this & a grown man's arm would fall off. But hey, they want to do it & he may lose his spot on the travel team & etc etc. = your kid is down for the count. Arm is toast & you are making Dr. appointments. Saw it over & over.

Think long term. Look big picture. Your kid will benefit by default by staying sound.   

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