One of the main reasons for addressing your pitching skills with reasonable form (mechanics) is not only for a safe and structured performance rhythm, but for it’s also for longevity and endurance.
Think of it this way – for a pitch count range that can go from 75 to 95 pitches during an appearance, and even 30 or more pitches just in one inning when things are not going your way, can be a daunting task. And what adds to the experience is the nature of the performance which is composured of explosive physical demands – over and over again.
Now in the professional game your given expert attention and notice how and when you’re going to perform. Well, most of the time anyway. In the amateur game – your guess is as good as mine.
So, structure your learning curve with a style and rhythm that “fits”, and takes advantage of your natural abilities, and most importantly – KNOW YOUR LIMITS. When it’s time to pull the plug – do it! Don’t perform hurt or in discomfort. Listen to your body when it’s trying to tell you things. And here’s a sobering though – if you have to ask … “What is it exactly that I’m look for?”, it’s time to sit down and ask yourself that question right now. And it’s simpler than you think So, if your planning on going nine innings with nothing but serious cheese, you’d better have a frame, muscle tolerance and endurance that can produce that kind of outing. On the other hand, if your pitch inventory mixes the strain on your body with other than heat – now you’re talking a more reasonable pace.
One of the best parallels that I can draw here is the strategy used by track and field athletes that run the four forty yard event. Four hundred and forty yards is a grueling race that has to be planned well in advance by a runner. And as such, if the runner starts off with an all-out sprint, full steam from the starting blocks there won’t be much left to finish the race. On the other hand, if the runner only jogs out of the starting blocks the distance that has to be made up to catch the other runners will be just too overwhelming. A pace that settles somewhere in between that fits the runner’s ability and the course set ahead, is the only way to go.
Now in the example above, if all runners had the same ability they’d all
have the same pace and would finish the race all at the same time –theoretically. But every runner, like every pitcher, based on age and ability has to pace one’s self differently. Each requiring a different pace using all the available assets at his or her disposal.
So, while going through your off season period, consider what would customize your game skills best and how to use them. Pitch and perform to your ability, not to someone else.