Turn on any MLB game, and you will see pitchers throwing in the 97-100 mph range. What is upsetting sometimes, is that for all their high speed throwing, balance and consistency in their mechanics is lacking because of the maximum effort pitchers use to achieve these velocities.
Velocity seems to be the buzzword of the day. “How to throw harder” “Tips to throw harder” “Exercises to throw harder”. But to achieve high velocities, pitchers must learn and build their arms to throw with max effort. Pitchers are given weighted baseball programs and throw at maximum effort in order to generate higher velocities.
Velocity or the achievement of velocity is a very tedious path when under 14u or pre-pubescent stages.
Load on the arm in an attempt to achieve higher velocities is detrimental to arm health in youth baseball players. Max effort pitching in periods of growth can increase the risk of not only repetitive stress injuries, but freak injuries such as growth plate separations and fractures.
Not until the age of 16-19 can force loads can be placed on the throwing arm if you want to minimize risk of damage or repetitive stress injury to the throwing arm.
Resistance forces such as tubing and other light weight work will help to not only build small strength (enough strength) and maintain it, but also to help set proper arm paths proprioceptively with slow, conscious movements of the entire body.
Our mission is to create players of skill first. As they develop and mature through our program they will have the opportunity to develop power through athletic weightlifting and other training movements.
In this way, as the player betters his skill, once he begins to add loaded workouts when older, his skill will be amplified. As velocity increases, so does his ability to throw strikes with an assortment of pitches; and with streamlined, effective, repeatable mechanics will follow our pitchers throughout their careers.