yes we have experienced injury. did it come from overuse, yes. was it preventable playing as much as we do, yes. will we ever throw 16 innings in 10 days again, no.
the question is, when does the window of opportunity really open for a player to train seriously. i think it is somewhere between 14 and 17. at that time you can seriously train and make permanent positive change to a player. if the player burns out, i believe they were destined to stop playing anyway.
of the players we have played with on our teams (approximately 40 to 45 players, all of them to my knowledge made the cut for their freshman and jv high school teams. 11 have made large school varsity squads as freshmen. 5 are competing or won starting jobs for their teams. when they walk in the dugout and onto the field, they know what they are doing. it is their home. they are assassins. they will take your lunch money and your girlfriend if you’re not careful. they know exactly what they are doing and currently injury free.
this summer my son will play in:
hawaii, florida, omaha, austin, arizona, atlanta, the jr olympics, and the world underclassmen wood bat championships.
we have also played in new mexico, puerto rico, copperstown, dr. pepper stadium in dallas, and the super nit at kc.
would this have happened if we didn’t play this much, i don’t think so. could we blow out an arm doing this, yes. we accept the risk and take every precaution possible to prevent injury.
we have a clean bill of health from a baseball specific physical therapist and are on the prospect list. what more can we do?
if you want to see an animal, do a youtube search for bryce harper, the #1 15u prospect in america by travelball select from las vegas. watch him swing the bat. he is special and already projected in the first 5 rounds by professional scouts. this kid has played up to 150 games per year. he spent 6 weeks in cooperstown when he was 12. there is something to be said for playing the game. when they go to college or pro ball they are home. i’ve heard it said repeatedly that college ball in no way gets you ready for a professional schedule. i believe it.
could i look back in 4 or 5 years and say we did too much and broke down, yes. could you look back in 4 or 5 years and wonder if bryce harper lived at your house and you didn’t train him, yes.
it’s tough to make decisions and i respect what you are doing and it may be best for you and your son. we are doing what we think is the best for us. we apologize if doesn’t fit your picture, but we like things the way they are right now.
good luck to you and your program, i sincerely hope all your dreams come true.