Couple of questions for those of you who know a whole lot more than I do :-). Son is a catcher and has been playing travel ball year-round for 3 yrs. I've heard different opinions regarding playing travel ball Sept-Dec (fall) or taking this time to condition and rest arm.
He has the option to :
1. Continue travel ball and play as well as continue lessons
2. Private lessons only (hitting/catching)
3. Rest arm no throwing. Just work on hitting.
These are all the different things I've heard from parents/coaches on the circuit.
My other question is pitching. The boy wants to pitch. Every coach has said he should pitch but I've felt that catching is hard enough on his young arm. Especially with how much catching he does. Now that he's getting older, I'm not sure how long I can hold him back from pitching and wonder if now is a good time to get him in some sound pitching lessons or if he has time to work into pitching later in HS should his HS coaches steer him that way.
He's a flexable, quick catcher with a strong arm and the thought of screwing that up by pitching concerns me a bit (arm slot catcher/pitcher confusion) but I won't know if he's a better pitcher than catcher if he never learns to pitch. I should also note his build is much closer to that of pitcher than catcher.
Thanks all for any advice on any of above.