Had quite the call Saturday night. The parents of the now 12 y/o old boy who had broken his forearm several years back and who I have coached the last 3 years (but not this year) phoned and wondered if I could come to their house right away. The boy played in a tournament all day it was high humidity and temp. in the mid 90’s. His father worked and couldn’t attend the games, the mother watched the other son’s last legion game so missed this boy’s first game. She then had to help cook at the brat stand for the tournament so only got to see part of the 2nd and 3rd game. I hope you get where I am going here as I am trying to say she couldn’t of seen what happened here until it was too late. She did know the boy pitched some in the first 2 games and asked the coach who would be pitching in the 3rd game. The coach replied his son, and one of the other coaches sons.
Well, to cut to the chase this little fella ended up pitching a total of 9 innings, in the heat, with a admit-tingly high pitch count. When I got to their house the forearm which hadn’t been an issue for the last couple years was swollen badly. We went through a ice regime on his arm,elbow, and shoulder. I did get the swelling down but what scares me is when I first started working on it I could hear a clicking down by the area where he had his break when i would have him flex. Hopefully, he will be ok after this, but this family as most of us in this area doesn’t have the money to run to the doctor for every issue that arises.
My question is, what would you say or how would you bring to attention to this league to force some common sense to the pitching situation in these tournaments. The only rule we have for pitch count is three innings per game. So, if they played 4 games a 8 to 12 y/o kid could throw 12 INNINGS in a day! These so called coaches never once iced between games or innings or even checked his arm.
Anyways, please tell me how you would confront this situation preferably in a more civil manner than I would like to lol.
Open for all suggestions