The coaches no doubt have the authority to enforce restrictions as they see fit. Hang loose. After all, what could possibly go wrong with that?
What more often than not happens is, unless there’s something meaningful hanging on the outcome of the game, coaches won’t question the eligibility of the pitcher. Something like the state championship hanging on the game’s outcome, or a traditional rivalry of some sort. Other than that, there’s a lot of “professional courtesy” that goes on, where things that are technically wrong are not protested.
The best example that comes to mind is field conditions prior to a game. A visiting coach might know a mound is too high or too sloped, but won’t make it an issue because he doesn’t want someone to call BS on his field. So they just say nothing or agree to accept the condition and play on.
I have been trying for only two years to get Virginia High School League to adopt a pitch count policy. They did update their pitching policy but stayed with innings pitched. They introduced something I don't think any other state does, and I hope no other state adopts, and that is an early return option. This is an example:
"If a pitcher pitches four to seven innings in one day that pitcher shall have two calendar days of rest from competition pitching … Further restrictions regarding this section include: - After two days of rest a pitcher may pitch a maximum of two innings. - After three days of rest a pitcher may pitch a maximum of three innings. - After four days of rest a pitcher may pitch to the limit of the rule.”
It is hard to believe that the VHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Council supported this, but they did. You can thank Dr. Kathyrn Dec, for that. There is NO scientific basis for this policy. There are no medical journal articles that support an early return to pitching like this. There is no scientific support for using innings over pitch count. And if that weren't bad enough, they apply this rule to 14 year old JV pitchers and 18 year old varsity pitchers equally. Perhaps a complaint to the AMA is in order?
I believe it to be a better option to take your concerns directly to the source. The AMA has enough dirty laundry of their own to be concerned with. Just ask her how she came to this conclusion. There was another member online within the past year with similar concerns. I agree with your take but some old fart living in Mexico jousting with windmills up north will have no impact. If you feel strongly or have a child at risk, take it up with the source.
Take it up with the boss of the source. I just do not think the AMA will have any interest unless you can make a good case for malpractice. Can you? Do you have compelling evidence that what she did was harmful to the children?
Compelling evidence, let me think, perhaps an ASMI research project or two on over pitching and pitching injuries. The point behind an AMA complaint would be to have the VA SMAC actually make public the basis for this policy. We can have differences of opinions, but when you put in place a policy like that, should have some basis for it.
… We can have differences of opinions, but when you put in place a policy like that, should have some basis for it.
At least a major part of the problem come from the people in authority who have the power to pass judgment on policies like that, is that they don’t have the expertise to do much more than trust in what they’re presented to have been well thought out and researched. Not everyone in the AMA has the wherewithal of a Dr. FLeisig ir Dr Andrews, or even understands why great big HS kids can’t do the same things the players they’re used to seeing, ML players, do.