Pitchers that come in games in mid-game or mid-inning are usually brought into pressure situations in need of a hold or with the game on the line. In order to make sure that they get the proper warm-up and bloodflow to their pitching arm and rhythm and feel to throw strikes, here are some tips to help coaches make good decisions.
- Don’t bring pitchers into games without proper warm up first.
- Long periods of time between warm-ups are worse than throwing more pitches in game.
- Try to warm pitchers up as close to game entry as possible. Not before the game for entry in the 5th inning.
- Do not compromise a pitcher’s health for wins!
- Learn to utilize your offensive innnings
- While your team is hitting, use this time to warmup your next pitcher.
- Is he coming up that inning? Learn to use subs to trade at-bats for warm up time. (travel ball)
- DO NOT compromise their heath for wins.
- Develop more pitchers
- Developing more pitchers gives you more flexibility.
- More fresh arms available to be more effective in games and tournaments, doubleheaders, etc.
- The more pitchers, the more participation and enjoyment from your players.