ASMI POSITION STATEMENT for youth pitchers Dec 7, 2009 11:44:11 GMT -6
Post by scorekeeper on Dec 7, 2009 11:44:11 GMT -6
Why do you think the gun is of such extreme importance in pitcher evaluation?
IMHO, the reason is, there isn’t any other objective measurement of a pitcher, and that makes it a CYA use. People need to ask themselves how it was that any pitchers ever made it to the pros before the invention of the radar gun, and if the pro pitchers today are any better than those who didn’t get culled by a gun.
. . . Now do pre-hs kids NEED to know their velocity and have radar guns present? No, although I will admit to using one to evaluate kids during tryouts and to evaluate their progress throughout the year and from year to year. The radar gun is just a tool. If you can train the kids as to what it is about and how not to overthrow for it, the radar gun in and of itself does not do any harm. It is the mental approach of the player when a radar gun is around that could lead to adverse effects. JMHO.
Very true. Unfortunately, once again we find ourselves attempting to protect those who have a great coach or parent to help them understand what’s going on. If you believe the last sentence you wrote, and at the same time believe not all players have the kind of mental approach needed to deal with the situation, you can understand preferring to err on the side of safety.