Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Nov 18, 2015 10:16:55 GMT -6
Thank you for your posting. I completely agree with you about the need for a "full-court blitz" based upon medical professionals. There are several scientific publications and presentations informing medical professionals, such as ASMI's annual Injuries in Baseball Course .
Reaching parents, players, and coaches has been a harder road, but thanks to the power of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, there is now a program called Pitch Smart. I'm happy to report that there is movement from individuals and organizations to get on board. Please check this out and help spread the word: www.pitchsmart.org .
Luckily my son plays on a team that pitches everyone and is very conscious of overusing pitchers but in almost every tournament We play in (including ripken tournaments) when I read the rules they say pitching at managers discretion. The biggest travel league around here same thing. Almost unbelievable but true. We played in a tournament when we were 9u and I saw one kid throw 99 pitches and another 110. Problem is tournaments are money makers-to reasonably have a weekend tournament and use pitch counts is tough. Think about it even in an 8 team tourney 2 teams play 5 games or around 30 innings.Most teams carry 11 kids and don't forget About having catches for those 30 innings. Do the math and take into account tournaments are 600-1100$. Teams aren't going to spend that and if they make the semis have to throw a weak pitcher because of pitch counts. A sad but true reality I don't have an answer to
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The answer is know thy enemy. Competing in a tournament these days requires a team composed of 9 pitchers and 3 catchers. Or get a straight jacket for the person signing you up for a loony bin tournament.
Post by Doug Shortridge on May 12, 2018 12:51:32 GMT -6
Hello again, It's original poster Doug writing. An update to our everyday story in the growing movement toward healthy parenting and coaching in baseball. First off I want to say that the post above was a good one. I wanted to leave it as the "last word on the subject" for the past 2.5 years while my son played college ball, a high-enough level to call it success in my book. I would have said it differently in that post than Daque did but the idea of the minimum team makeup of 9 and 3 is definitely on the right track. Too bad this idea goes against increasing the size of the travel ball industry ($$$). But there are always winners and losers in baseball right? No cryin! It's a lot harder to put a viable team together with those numbers, and so it's harder to put together meaningful and safe tournament weekends, etc. One way to handle it is to just do smaller/shorter/cheaper tournaments with less games. I'm sure the entrepreneurs will figure it out and there will still be baseball to play.
So here's what's up for my son. The MLB draft is soon coming and the indications are he will be selected on the first day. I am as pleased and proud as a parent could be about this. He's had a remarkable surge in performance his junior year realizing that the time had come to "go all in" after going through somewhat of a bottom in his sophomore year. The tough spot was regarding the pressures of the combination of school and baseball. As his father, I unequivocally gave him "permission" to stop playing ball if he felt he needed to. I told him I would always be proud "that he made it this far". But I also knew he had held back on his throwing. He was raised to do that with me saying "grow like an oak tree, small annual rings means hard wood". But also he had experiences of control loss with increased velo and knew that control was more important. So helping him unleash himself in a controlled way was also part of the discussion during that critical period last year. And so, a year later it is clear he decided to go for it. Very hard work in training was a major part of this obviously and I had nothing to do with that. That was all trainers and coaches. His velo has increased 3-4 mph in one year which is rarely seen as far as I know. But this is the kid I've always known going back to the heater strike he threw at 2 1/2 years old. I sensed he had talent then, and as he grew up, at each level there were times where he shined brightly. We still don't know where his peak will be, but it definitely appears to not be as a Division 1 College Junior. Wow!!! Keep throwing strikes son, keeping your heart, mind, and body all unified and taking care of your arm.
Now back to the overuse injury prevention movement which is what this blog is about. My contribution to the movement is as a "boots on the ground" parent, one with very little baseball playing experience of my own (couple years of little league with a year off between). My parenting story is that as I recognized talent in my child I continuously considered anything and everything I could about how to help him develop his talent. Perfect? No way. But I really tried my best and still do. This ASMI participation is an extension of that. It's a way to show my son that his talent can contribute to many things outside of the actual baseball field of play. Like helping parents and coaches do well in keeping their kids safe from a very preventable injury.
Not only have I encouraged him and challenged him to do his best and work hard, I also showed him its okay to fail. He has watched me hit a big wall after ten years of effort and investment in a startup. This happened because of a supreme court case which impacted software-related patent law. Risky endeavor means low chance of success. Back to working with the plumbing tools for me. Oh well. Sounds like the baseball business doesn't it? My entrepreneurial experience is analogous to facing the real risk of a career-ending injury for a pitcher. Ah yes, but ya gotta give it a shot don't ya? How else will you ever know you did your best in something? And that my friends is the attitude where the real value is found. For me nowadays? Couldn't be happier. I could be richer, but not happier...ha ha.
So I will sign off by pointing you to one piece of evidence, publicly available since last year, that Aaron has (at least) been raised right in the baseball overuse injury prevention sense; check out what he said as a sophomore when his velo was under the MLB draft standards. The important comments are toward the end of his interview. Go to Utube and search for Aaron Shortridge and hear it for yourself. Thanks for reading and keep up the good work in this excellent movement which I am honored to be part of.