Post by momof3boys on Apr 15, 2006 13:42:31 GMT -6
Our baseball league starts boys pitching in the 7-8 year old age group. The girls league has a coach pitch transition from t-ball to kid pitch but the boys go straight from t-ball to kid pitch. Several parents are trying to get either coach pitch or machine pitch instated for our 7-8 year old boys. All of the pitch count articles I have seen start their recommendations at 9-10 year olds. That insinuates to me that 7-8 year olds don't need to be pitching yet. I'm concerned for the pitchers' arms as well as the batters learning to hit. Not to mention the number of batters that get hit due to lack of ball control with a 7-8 year old pitcher.
What are your recommendations concerning our 7 and 8 year old boys pitching?
If the recommendation is that they should not start pitching at this age, are there any good articles out there concerning this issue that I could take to our league's board of directors?
Post by David Osinski, Am Baseball Fdn on Apr 17, 2006 14:58:33 GMT -6
it is ironic that I just came back from Mexico where they allow the 7 & 8 year olds to pitch. I believe that children at this age are not emotionally or physically ready to pitch. They have very erratic body control which is the key to consistent pitching. They have no idea how to adjust as they can't self analyze. They would have trouble staying focused on the task at hand. It would seem to be a very boring experience for all involved. I am wondering if some research regarding youth development would concurr with my opinion. David Osinski
Post by Andrew Shatley, PT on Apr 17, 2006 17:05:36 GMT -6
I adamantly agree with David on this issue. I see no advantage or reason to having a 7-8 y/o pitching. Mechanics are poor at this stage, control is mediocre at best (on average), and arm strength is insufficient to withstand an extended amount of throws. The quality of the game is compromised and the fielders who are anxiously awaiting some kind of action pay a price also. The transition from a pitching machine to live pitching is a minor one at the most and allows for a more rapid pace of play(which addresses the attention spans). At this age, there are many, many other aspects of the game that deserve the attention from coaches and parents, mainly how the game is played.