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Hi All,
I am looking for opinions on a couple of issues. First, I’ll say that I haven’t purchased the program yet, but I am considering it.
My 13 year old is 5’11” tall and weighs about 145 lbs. If he follows the growing patterns of myself and his older brother, I expect him to be around 6’3″ to 6’4″ when he is done growing. Last August, we had him on radar at 76 mph. He has enjoyed great success to this point, both in school and in summer ball. We have never done any work to his mechanics, and I know he has some flaws that need correcting. We intend to begin to address them this year.
My concerns are as follows:
1) Is there a “too fast/hard” for a young pitcher to be throwing? Like I said, he does need some fine tuning on his mechanics. I have no doubt that his velocity will be in the 80’s this year. Will a 13/14 year old adolescent arm be able to handle this stress? (Even with corrected mechanics)
2) How much should I let him throw? Last year he threw several complete 7 inning games. We were fielding calls from summer coaches over 100 miles away asking if he was available to play with them in tournaments over the summer. With his brother, we tried following pitch counts and days of rest, but it seems many coaches are trying to get us to ignore that methodology. What is the most recent thinking regarding adolescents and pitch counts? He has NEVER complained about his arm being sore or tired. When he isn’t pitching, he is the shortstop, and his arm never seems to bother him.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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