My Nephew (11) Is Throwing Curveballs
Posted 12 May 2008 - 11:35 AM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 11:50 AM
I'm sure it all depends on how close this hits to home for folks. When playing youth baseball as a kid, I was a catcher, my best bud was a pitcher and thew all kinds of "junk" at an early age (12-14). He had a promising career as a pitcher and in high school started having problems with his pitching arm. No clue if it was because of the types of pitches or because he threw too many. Here's a few links that might help:
This weekend I was talking with my brother. We live in different states but both of us have sons that also pitch in little league. He said something about my nephew (11) throwing a curveball and I was like huh? He's allowed to throw curveballs? That seemed strange to me as all I've ever heard is that throwing curves can be dangerous for a developing arm. Heck, pitching in general is probably not that great but our league greatly restricts the number of pitches a young kid can throw. My son only pitches 1 inning per week and typically will throw less than 25 pitches. I'm going to try to provide my brother with some evidence or information since he seemed to think nothing of it. Anyone have any suggestions?
http://www.littlelea...6marsession.asp (about 1/3 of the way down - q about curve balls)
Posted 13 May 2008 - 05:20 AM
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 10:46 AM
You should do everything you can to discourage an 11 year old from throwing a curveball. I have been coaching select baseball for 10 years now, I am currently coaching an 11 u select team, this is my second stint through this age bracket the oldest kids I coached are now juniors in highschool, I have seen a couple of real good athletes ruin there pitching career by throwing curveballs to early. Nowadays alot of people teach throwing curveballs by cocking the wrist angle at more of a 45 degree angle which has helped some but it still puts alot of stress on the elbow. In my personal opinion a kid should not start TRYING to throw a curve untill late 13 or 14 year olds, and what I mean by thrying is that in order to throw a curve ball for a strike you have to practice throwing about 50 curves before they start to get it down. At 11 year olds.....the only thing they should be throwing is a 2 seam, a 4 seam fastball, and a change up. Maybe the more advanced pitchers can throw a cut fastball. The most important thing at this age is 1. Form, 2. Location(hit your spots inside and outside)
Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:37 AM
In a nutshell it talks about how overuse is the #1 cause of arm injuries. I'm not advocating having young kids throw a breaking ball, but I do think this article fits right in to this discussion. And I do think that the majority of kids that throw breaking balls are the same kids that pitch almost year round. At least that's been my experience. The kids that we've worked with that only throw fastballs and change-ups are the kids that only pitch during the baseball spring season and don't have the time to learn the proper way to throw a safety curve. The kids that come to us already throwing curve-balls are the kids that pitch on travel/tourney teams and put a lot of wear on their arms.
One other thing I noticed is that travel ball does not (at least in the big tourneys in So Cal) limit the number of pitches a pitcher can throw. They do limit the number of innings, but this can still be very harmful to young pitchers (for instance 12u) that throw 60+ pitches in three innings and come back the next day and do it again. Adult Major League relievers don't throw 60+ pitches over several days. How could this be good for children? Over time this can definitely do some damage to the arm - just like the article states ...
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