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  • #91
    Originally posted by tg643 View Post
    No matter how far physically advanced a ten year old might be his growth plates are open and susceptible to serious damage. I saw three local kids have surgery by the time they were twelve because they were "team on my back" studs in 10U. None of them were good enough to play high school ball. When talking about preteen early bloomers we're not talking about men. They are still boys with open growth plates with growing to do even if it's only a couple more inches.
    Exactly.

    Kids need to be watched carefully since they are not mature yet to do it themselves.

    Unfortunately some parents ruin their kids because they want the pat on the back for how much of a stud pitcher their kid is.

    My 14 y.o. has just started picking up a baseball after being off since August 1. I'm constantly asking how his arm feels after throwing the ball. He knows to shut it down after the first sign of shoulder or arm pain.

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    • #92
      Originally posted by clayadams View Post
      I don't believe, for one second, that he's so far an advanced maturer that his growth plates aren't still open at that age.
      I agree. Also, he looks really big in that picture. He is probably around 5'2", 100-110 lbs, he is far from physically mature.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by d-mac View Post
        I agree. Also, he looks really big in that picture. He is probably around 5'2", 100-110 lbs, he is far from physically mature.
        From the picture, I'm guessing he's biologically 13-plus-a-day.

        If your son was a 5-2 105lb. just-turned-13 yr old, who was biologically just-turned-13yo, and he could cruise at 70mph, would you limit his innings ? (let's assume he throws a lot of strikes).

        By "limit his innings", I mean erring on the side of less than those of conservative ASMI-type guidlines.

        (I would.)

        I hope his parents don't read my post, because really it's none of my darned business.
        Last edited by skipper5; 12-08-2012, 10:41 AM.
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        • #94
          Originally posted by d-mac View Post
          I agree. Also, he looks really big in that picture. He is probably around 5'2", 100-110 lbs, he is far from physically mature.
          My son was 5'2, 100 when he was thirteen. Now he's 6'2", 190.

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          • #95
            Originally posted by tg643 View Post
            My son was 5'2, 100 when he was thirteen. Now he's 6'2", 190.
            I understand, but judging from this kids parents, he is on track to be 6'4 220.

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            • #96
              Well the temptation is always there.

              My son is 14 and is 5'-11, 190 lbs with little fat. He's on track to be at least as tall as his brother, 6'-4".

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              • #97
                Originally posted by skipper5 View Post
                From the picture, I'm guessing he's biologically 13-plus-a-day.

                If your son was a 5-2 105lb. just-turned-13 yr old, who was biologically just-turned-13yo, and he could cruise at 70mph, would you limit his innings ? (let's assume he throws a lot of strikes).

                By "limit his innings", I mean erring on the side of less than those of conservative ASMI-type guidlines.

                (I would.)

                I hope his parents don't read my post, because really it's none of my darned business.
                My son was his size and threw upper 60's at thirteen. I did limit his innings became he was pitching from 60 feet at that size. I wouldn't limit the kid's innings. But I wouldn't allow a glory hound coach to ride his arm to victory. If he was my kid at ten he would only throw two innings per week and three at eleven. It may be a blessing for this kid's future that he lacks control right now. It keeps him off the mound.

                I wasn't trying to protect my son's arm like it was a commodities future with a payoff. I was protecting his health. He threw 87 his senior year of high school. There were mid majors interested in having him pitch. He wanted to be a position player. He's bigger than high school now. But he hasn't been gunned from the mound in two years.
                Last edited by tg643; 12-08-2012, 12:04 PM.

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by d-mac View Post
                  I have mentioned a 10 year old in our area that is off the charts in just about every category. Here is a small blurb about him.

                  http://www.sequoyahcountytimes.com/s...a4bcf6878.html

                  Now here is my question. If you were the parent of a kid that can throw 70+ at 10 years old, how would you handle the situation? Would you put him on a national team, would you play league and hire a pitching coach, would you just let him develop naturally, etc.? Just curious of everyone's thoughts.
                  Move him to SS and let him just close games. When he is a sophomore or junior in high school, then start pitching him as a starter.

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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by HYP View Post
                    Move him to SS and let him just close games. When he is a sophomore or junior in high school, then start pitching him as a starter.
                    HYP,
                    Well stated. I'm with you.
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                    • Originally posted by HYP View Post
                      Move him to SS and let him just close games. When he is a sophomore or junior in high school, then start pitching him as a starter.
                      Great advice!
                      "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
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                      • How many innings do you see top of rotation high school starters throw in a spring season in your areas?

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                        • Originally posted by raptor View Post
                          How many innings do you see top of rotation high school starters throw in a spring season in your areas?
                          My 2 main guys threw 54 innings (800 pitches) and 45 (590 pitches) for the year. From March 1 through May 20. They threw once a week.

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                          • I've heard many college programs have adopted the "age x 100" guideline, where an 18 yr old may throw no more than 1800 competitive pitches in a calendar year.

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                            • Originally posted by raptor View Post
                              I've heard many college programs have adopted the "age x 100" guideline, where an 18 yr old may throw no more than 1800 competitive pitches in a calendar year.
                              Ridiculous! Chronological age is absolutely no indication of ability and endurance... or the potential for injury. If they play 60 games - that's 90 pitches every three games..
                              "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
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                              • Just a kid who absolutely loves the game of baseball and works very hard at it. ...

                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWixPKRWGiE
                                Last edited by TouchemAll; 12-09-2012, 11:02 AM.

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