In my 13 years of coaching pitchers, I always have a few pitchers that just don't seem to be improving. After a short discussion with the child and parent, the parent proudly admits they have been making the daughter pitch 100 pitchers per day. (Sometimes it's an hour.) My first question is, how did you come up with 100 pitches per day?
I NEVER suggest 100 pitches per day. Here is exactly why.
Each pitcher is at a different stage of development, there is no one size fits all practice prescription. New pitchers have not solidified mechanics. Pitching too much is just going to make bad motions stick around that much longer. Also, fatigue is the number one reason pitchers use the wrong mechanics. 100 pitches is just too much for younger pitchers (under the age of about 12).
Pitchers over the age of 12 usually start to develop the body to throw 100 pitches. If this pitcher is the primary pitcher and pitches 3 or more games in tournaments, the extra practice is going to set her up for overuse injuries.
Pitching velocity also comes into play. The harder the pitch, the more stress is put onto joints (particularly, the shoulder and elbow). Pitchers throwing 55 will get injuries more quickly if bad habits creep into the motion regardless of age. How Fast Should Your Daughter be Throwing?
To avoid all of the above and ensure you are pitching enough, here are a few guidelines.
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