Thursday Throwing Tips Alternative Positioning
I cringeinside when I ask players what positions they play and their answer is catcher and pitcher. The reason I do not like hearing that is threefold. First, the arm action of a pitcher and catcher are different, as catchers need to develop a quick-release and a compact arm action. Pitchers, on the other hand, do not need a quick release but rather a smooth, rhythmic delivery. Secondly, catchers need to develop quick, short steps to get rid of balls quickly, the opposite of the pitching delivery. Finally, and maybe most important, teams generally have two catchers on a team, meaning there is no way to rest catchers very often after or before they pitch, which can lead to arm tiredness, if not injury, from overuse.
Of course, at the very young levels of baseball, this is not always a big issue. However, as players move up, and especially when playing multiple games of travel baseball, the risk of arm injury increases for kids, who are both pitchers and catchers. With this understanding, it is necessary for players, with the help of parents and coaches, to make a decision to pitch or catch.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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