Just had a good conversation with some dads from the team. Is it better to start pitching career earlier or later? Similar conversation with Coach Ed Collins, he was the all-state SS as a sophomore. But the HS team needed a pitcher and he began his pitching career from that point forward.
This got me thinking if it's a bad idea to start training my son so young with such rigorous pitching. Assuming the arm has a "finite" number of pitches that one can throw (just like a car engine). With every pitch (game or practice), it eventually reduces the "life expectancy" of the arm by one pitch. So, I am concerned that my son will run out of "juice" soon.
On the other hand, his teammate/friend, who is the primary SS for the school and travel team will consider becoming a pitcher starting next spring as a Freshman. I wonder if this is a better route. The jury is still out!
"Baseball is NOT LIFE, and SHOULD BE FUN!"