Hi I am a travel ball coach that is trying to follow the pitch limits as best as I can. I want all my ballplayers to have long healthy careers. So on my team all 12 players pitch.
What I wanted to ask was this. Was the 4 month break on all throwing? For instance can a player play ss for 4 months while not pitching.
Does the 4 months have to be continuous months or can they be 1 month here and there?
Most of the parents on my team want their kids playing baseball year round competitively. So what I wanted to know is if I could have a format where 4 of my players don't pitch for a 4 month period. Only using 8 pitchers during that time frame.
We do take 2 months off From mid November to mid January but if I have to add another two month I'm afraid the real competitive parents will leave the team. Even if I show them studies some parents do not get it or just flat out don't believe the studies. They say "you can find a study to support any belief you want"
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Nov 19, 2012 8:22:14 GMT -6
This is a practical, excellent question. Clearly you are trying to do the best to maximize your player's growth, development, and success without increasing their risk of serious injury.
The break should be from all competitive throwing. In other words, when a kid is playing shortstop for his team that is not a break for his arm. He can be doing light, non-competitive toss in the backyard with dad or a buddy for part of the break time. We suggest a minimum break of three continuous months.
Let me know if you need me to email you some studies to show, in addition to the Position Statement on the asmi.org website. You are taking the right approach in understanding science and sharing information with parents and players. As far as the parents who push to let their kids play year round because "he wants to" even though the science shuold tell the adults it is a bad idea, maybe they will get lucky and will not become another statistic of a boy who has to be surgically cut open to fix damage to his young arm.
I believe you should educate the parents of the players. In the off season, they should play other sports or swim. It is best not to have all of their eggs in one basket. Most kids fade out of baseball at about age 13 in favor of other pursuits. Encourage diversification.