Travel Tournament Pitch Limits Feb 27, 2010 18:55:06 GMT -6
Post by scorekeeper on Feb 27, 2010 18:55:06 GMT -6
Doug, please don’t get angry or feel attacked at what you’re about to read.
You are correct, but its not just travel ball organizations. Do a little research and see what the pitching limit rules are for LL Inc and any other 3 national organizations you care to pick.
But, what exactly is at fault? Just who’s responsibility is it in the final analysis?
Is it the people who run the tournaments? Are they responsible for making sure your son doesn’t’ get overused? How about the boy’s team coach? Since he has the ability to put players in and take them out, should we blame him? Or, is it the guy who gets the IRS deduction every year for the boy because he’s responsible for him?
Now, would it be nice if all these organizations protected the kids from being allowed to throw too much? You bet, but its not their responsibility. The same goes for the boy’s coach. Should he be developing lots of pitchers so that none would need to be overused? Again, you bet, but its not his responsibility either. The hard truth is, a child’s parents are in the end responsible for his safety.
I know it seems wrong for the coaches and organizations, who should be knowledgeable about such things, to not be held accountable, but that’s the way it is. No one holds a gun to any parent’s head and says, “Your kid has to play in my tournament and has to pitch ‘til his arm aches.” No one twists your arm behind your back and tells you that if your kid doesn’t play for that coach, they’ll break your arm. In the end, its always the parent’s job until the kid turns 18.
So what does anyone do about it? They do exactly what you’ve begun to do. Inform yourself. Trust me, that’s the only answer you can count on. The way you gain control over the coach, is to show him how you feel by removing you child from his control. The way you control the organizations what allow kids to be put at risk, is to vote with you pocketbook. Don’t participate. Those folks have 1 and only 1 goal. $$$$$$$$, If they aren’t making it, they’ll adjust the way they do business.
I’m gonna give you my standard advice. Continue to become more informed. Also, keep meticulous track of any pitching you son does. Log how many pitched he throws in games, bull pens, or throws for a pitching lesson. Always pay attention to him if he indicates pain or soreness, and make sure you put that in his log too. Then, if an when you take him to a Dr, especially a Sport’s Med guy, bring that log.