Do you feel a loss or an increase in your pitching velocity this time of year? There are many factors that contribute to a loss of velocity at the end of the season.
Many pitchers throw too much all season and some pitchers just aren’t throwing enough. You need a happy medium. Unfortunately, coaches at many levels are to blame for pitchers arm soreness and lack of speed this time of year. Is it overthrowing or lack of pitching mechanics that causes this?
The answer is a little of both. If you are a coach or parent, are you allowing your pitchers to warm up (throw long toss) with the rest of the team the day after they throw a long game?
If they play other positions as well, are you monitoring how much they actually throw during the course of the week?
How many other teams do they pitch or play for?
If your pitcher throws in a game, how often do they get a chance to hit?
It’s important to know that if they pitch a lot they shouldn’t hit a lot and vise versa.
I have heard of pitchers, as young as 10 years old, that pitch up to three games a week because they pitch with more than one team.
Each team may pay attention to pitch count, but if a pitcher has maxed out their pitch count for two different teams, that’s a bit much for that week.
When a pitcher becomes fatigued, their mechanics go to pot. When that happens there is lack of control and velocity, not to mention a sore arm on top of that.
It is imperative that your pitchers use proper pitching mechanics when throwing. I feel coaches aren’t allowing their pitchers to succeed as much as they could because they haven’t taken the necessary time to learn about pitching mechanics.
Pitchers need that education or they are doing more harm than good. Not just to themselves, but their team. Learning proper pitching mechanics is imperative to your pitching success.
Coaches and parents should be concerned how their athletes are throwing the ball. Not only will pitchers win more games, they will stay healthy throughout the course of the year if they apply proper throwing mechanics.
More importantly, they will maintain or increase their velocity at the end of the year. Most inexperienced or uninformed pitchers experience a decrease in velocity when it counts the most; championship games and tournaments.
If you are a pitcher who tends to lose some velocity at the end of the season, you need to make sure that you are rebuilding what you tear down on the mound.
For example, throwing on the mound is a tearing down process on the arm. Pitchers who work on elastic band training, light dumbbell exercises and core strength training, they are the ones that are going to continue to throw hard or even harder at the end of the year.