There’s been a lot of discussion on the new little league pitch count rules and I think most people at this site are pleased with the change. I also agree that it was a step in the right direction.
After catching the begining of a local game a few weeks ago, I thought of something that the pitch count rule cannot account for: How do these kids warm up? When I was at the game, I saw a starting pitcher play catch for a few minutes, throw a few flat ground pitches and then he was in the game. Warm ups are even worse in relief situation where a kid often comes in from playing another position.
Pitch counts are great, but until coach’s are able to better teach kids how to prepare to pitch, then how useful are they?