Platooning goes by many other names in the upper levels of ball, and it’s effectiveness is just and dynamic … as the recruitment, train’g and rostering aspects of its (platooning) design and application.
How does, will, and can this concern us as pitchers?
First, refer to the following web site on the subject:
Then, consider yourself taking the mound … usually not knowing the other club’s batting order and/or their skill level… and consider what challenges THIS poses for you.
This kind of experience … along with the skill of putting something like this together (Platoon) is a lost art form… for many club managers… and even more removed for a lot of coaching staffs. So, when it is employed (platooning) it’s usually not seen for what it is. But I can tell you from practical experience… when a pitching staff is faced with this challenge… and you see it coming… your entire strategy takes a totally differnt approach.
At the lower youth and most high school levels I wouldn’t consider this aspect of the game to be too demanding … if it exists at all. BUT, more and more demanding levels of competitive ball are considering and using this game plan.
By the way… let’s say your at a showcase, an invitational tryout or other great event … and someone asks you … “What do think Platooning is?
Look’m straight in the eye and tell -em ! Watch the surprised look on their face… along with another question… " Ahhh…what did you say your name was again !! ? They just want to make sure that they got your name spelled right ! … Along with " wow, where did this kid come from!”
This game of ours has many aspects to it … and a language all its own. It’s just not about how well you play… although that’s a given … it’s also about the little details that are on the outer fringes.
And here’s one for the folks old enough to remember … What’s a band-box?