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  1. preacherman

    10 Year Old Pitcher, How Many Warm Up Pitches

    I still disagree. You should only practice the arm so much in a week. Muscles are developed by breaking down and rebuilding. What you are telling us is that you only break down. You do not take into consideration how much time you give them to rebuild. The original question was how much should a pitcher throw in a specified time? My answer was you have to take into consideration all the throwing that the pitcher is doing in that specified time, not just the pitching. You have said that the other throwing he is doing as a catcher, infielder, or outfielder or just throwing does not fit into the equation. I will say that you will burn a kid's arm out if you don't take this into consideration. Muscles can only be broke down so much without doing permanent damage. (Doctoral sense or common sense) I also don't think 10 year olds need to be throwing very many breaking pitches. Yes, I will agree the slider is a lot better on the arm than the curve ball but that is still pressure on the wrist and elbow. 12 is different, but 10 years old? If a 10 year old can throw strikes, he doesn't need a breaking pitch. Again, my final answer is that all throws a player throws in a specified period have to be taken into evaluation in determining how much to pitch. Example, my 12 year old son pitched 3 innings in the first game of a tournament, 2 innings in the second. We put him at first the 3rd game to give his arm a break, he normally would have caught, because we wanted him to pitch the finals if we made it. If a player catches for 2 games that throwing has to affect his arm muscles ability to pitch.
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    10 Year Old Pitcher, How Many Warm Up Pitches

    I strongly disagree with the poster of not counting their other throwing in how much they pitch. If he is playing shortstop or catcher, you have to consider that in determining how much to let him pitch. Remember, for every pitch a pitcher pitches, his catcher has as many throws back and a good catcher is throwing the ball back about 75% as hard as he pitches. So, if he is normally catcher, it will affect how much he should throw as a pitcher. You should not catch a kid all practice and then expect him to work on pitching after practice. Or you should not catch a kid for 100 pitches and expect him to come in and pitch. The same with shortstop or other positions. How much have they thrown in the game or practice? I was not saying that the playing of other positions will take the place of pitching practice. You just should not overuse a child's arm in one day. You have to take all things into account.
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    10 Year Old Pitcher, How Many Warm Up Pitches

    The second part plays a big role. My son pitches, catches, and plays short. I try to take it all into consideration. In Little League, I take into consideration how many times and how hard he threw back to the pitcher as a catcher. If he has been short stop, how many hard throws did he make. And last but not least. How much does he throw on a regular basis? My older son throws about 100 baseballs a day during the season 4-5 times a week during warm-ups, situations, etc. He has never had a sore arm pitching. He does not throw hard either so he does not have the pressure. To sum it up, I would not let a 10 year old throw more than 50-70 pitches within a 4 day period if he throws hard.
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    Assistant Coaches

    You did not read my statement fairly. I said that someone should work on the basics with the others. I do not believe in letting anyone slip through. But you can not just focus on the ones who need the most. If so, you might as well tell the better players to stay home. My three year old can throw, catch, hit both ways, and knows the game. It helps he has two older brothers who play, but that is exactly why I did not petition to put him in T-Ball this year. You seem to be focusing too much time on getting the parents to help. If you are confident in your beliefs then go with it. Let them say and do what they want. If they are vocal, then ask them to coach the team. Your best may be challenged behaviorly because they are bored. I would agree with the dad. Baseball is played with a glove and at some point they need to use it. I do drills that do not involve gloves but I follow those with the same drills with gloves. Again, you got on here and asked for help and when anyone expresses their opinion you get upset. I have coached for 18 years up through high school and coach competitive youth baseball now. I have also umpired through minor leagues. If you have been around t-ball for very long you will find that 3 players make the team. The others compliment them. it doesn't change much as they get older. You talk about putting them in positions, then do it.
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    Assistant Coaches

    I have withstood but here goes. If you know what you are doing, keep going as you are going. But if not ask for help. If you know what you are doing, show her what you want and let her take a group. T-Ball is a very awkward age. Some kids are big and some are not. Some are skilled and others have not touched a ball. T-Ball is played like it or not with about 3 kids. A pitcher, first baseman, and middle infielder. You will not teach them all to play the game in a few weeks. So, I will agree with the assistant. Let the best kids learn the three positions and work hard all season to teach the others. Don't try to put everyone on the same level. Either you need to take the best and give her the others or you take the others and give her the best. FORGET the parents. I have never asked anyone to help coach. Those who care will step up and forget the others. Teach the kids baseball or softball. But they have to have fun. Can not believe the hoola hoop thing works. It is not school it is ball. Make them run or do push ups or something. Time out is for school and home.
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    Stepping Out

    Not a salesman but found a great new device at a trade show. It is called DewStep. It snaps loose when a player steps too far. Then he has to reattach it. Might work. Their web site is http://dewstep.com/
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    Opposing Coaches

    I have to disagree with many of you. I understand some of the complaints but some of them are not legit. WWJDCA hit it on the head. In some ways, this coach is outcoaching you. He is saying if they can't throw strikes don't swing at bad pitches. That preaches guys. He is saying if you are going to second and they overthrow go to third. That preaches. Sounds like in some ways, maybe not attitude but not there, he is teaching his players good baserunning and batting skills. I have been that coach. I told mine don't swing at bad pitches but don't stand there trying to walk. I am convinced that we as coaches must do our best. We must prepare our kids. There are also coaches who do not teach basics and get mad at other coaches and retaliate with bad coaching. We had a guy whose catcher could not throw to third with accuracy so he would walk our runners back to third every pitch until the umpire called time. I have seen the good, the bad,and the ugly.
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    Worst Coaching Mistakes

    I'm new but will step into it full blast. The worst mistakes I have made as a coach have been with my own two sons. I have caught myself saying things to them that I would never say to another player. Accusing them of not wanting it or giving their all. Yet realizing later that the one thing in life they want is to please me. I am struggling going back to coaching them this year and trying to make it fun rather than a nightmare. I'm pretty good at treating other kids with respect and attention and yet struggle with my own.
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    Coaches: How Much $ Do You Spend?

    Thank God that's all. I spent an average of $250 and up to $500 every year. We are now in 13 U and I have already spent $700 and we have not played a game yet. Last year I was just a dad and spent $75. But I realize this may be my last year of having to spend until my 3 year old is old enough. I just consider it an investment.
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    Need Info: Who Backs Up Who?

    Outfield should back up all throws. It keeps them in the game. I have my outfielders move every play. Yes, right field should back up throw from ss or 3rd to second. The throw to first is less likely to go awry.
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