Throwing regimen inbetween starts


#1

My son is a freshman in high school and they recently converted him to strictly pitching. He is currently starting one game a week. usually Tuesdays or Wednedays. What would you suggest his regimen be between starts? (ex 1 day rest then long toss for 1 day, then bullpen then long toss then bullpen? then rest 1 day before his next start?) Any input would be great.

Thanks!


#2

My pitching coach of many moons ago told me to throw every day. He said that this was the best way to keep the arm loose and flexible and avoid soreness. I was a startiing pitcher who would often relieve between starts (remember Allie Reynolds? He used to do that), and so if I made a relief appearance that counted as throwing. The rest of the time I would alternate between just playing catch for fifteen or twenty minutes and doing a full bullpen session during which time I would work on one pitch or another. In the bullpens I would start easy and then put more and more on my pitches; I would throw them all to see how they were working, and if one of them—more often than not it was my curve ball—was misbehaving I would put it aside for the day, and the next time I played catch I would substitute working on that pitch for just playing catch. What was amusing was that the other pitchers on our team started doing the same thing! :slight_smile: 8)


#3

In my opinion there shouldn’t be a set “schedule” for his week. He should listen to his arm and act accordingly to how many pitches he threw in his last start. I would always take at least 1 day off after a start (more if necessary). Then during the week I would alternate between throwing days and rest days (Thurs- Light long toss, Fri- Rest, Sat- Max long toss, Sun- Rest, Mon- 15-25 pitch bullpen, Tues- Start). Remember, listen to your arm :wink: