9yr old player. Whether we are home, at practice, or before a live game, this is what his BP consists of - I always insist he throws his routine in the BP before hitting the mound. Which includes 10 relaxed warm up throws- catcher standing in front of the plate. Than 30 pitches at 80% - 10 in front of the plate, 10 on the plate, and 10 at normal distance.
In the game, he throws at 80-90%.
To protect his arm, how should I factor in BP work to pitch count? Am I having him throw to much? Any suggestions on BP routine for games? Should his BP work during practice be a different routine? He loves the work and always wants to throw more in the BP but I always cut him off.
He never picks up a ball before warming up his body.
He had his first sore arm a few weeks ago. This was my bad. I didn’t factor in accumilated pitch counts of 4 games with in a week. He went 35 thur, 35 sat, 35 mon, and 71 wed. Complained of a sore bicep saturday morning. It was determined only to be muscle. He claims his arm feels stronger than ever the last few days with no pain. Mechanics and velocity support his claim.
So he hasn’t pitched in a live game in 11 days. Played catch a few days during spring break. Threw his BP routine Thursday and Sunday- looked great, felt great! Tonight we have a game.
He is eligible to throw 75. Should I let him go the full 75 or cut him back?
FYI - He has gone 70+ pitches 4 times in the last 6 weeks with no issues before 11 days ago.