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XenScott
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Legit Softball pitching question.
Didn’t want it to get buried in the mega thread.

First off I love college softball along with baseball. I’m a baseball guy, my son pitches 14u PG. I know little about softball other than they can ball.

How does softball pitching work with their arms? I know they can go far more often than baseball but what is the protocol for rest. Is it effectiveness? Or do they need some down time for arm rest? I know how baseball works, but what about softball?

My niece who lives in Georgia looks like she may very well be a high level collegiate softball pitcher. If she’s good enough, she will choose Alabama.


auisssa
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re: Legit Softball pitching question.
Girls can pitch two 7 inning games with no problem. Historically thats been the approach in college softball. The last couple of years they've gone to more of a rotation approach.

It's all about overhanded vs underhanded motion. Much more wear and tear on muscles and ligaments throwing overhanded.


Pastor Mike
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re: Legit Softball pitching question.
I think girls can pitch a lot more than guys IF their fingers stay wound/blister free.


LovetheLord
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re: Legit Softball pitching question.
Throwing underhanded is within the natural motion of the arm. Overhand throwing is unnatural. This is why people get injured and have bad shoulders like me when they get older.

In truth, I don't think I've ever heard of throwing injuries occurring to softball pitchers.

Make sure your kid warms up well prior to pitching and gets significant rest each year. I mean like three straight months of rest. Don't let him be the guy who has TJ surgery in high school.


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solus
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re: Legit Softball pitching question.
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Girls can pitch two 7 inning games with no problem.


What he said.

Physically is really isn't a problem...but sometimes they can get a little fatigue. But more times than often pitchers are rotated out because batters have seen a lot of their stuff and are adjusting as the games go on..so it's more of keeping the opposing team off balance than physical burden or the pitcher missing their spots. Although rest is never a bad thing.

This is especially true with strikeout pitchers who throw a lot of fastballs and balls right along the zone. They can give you a lot of innings as the have quick at bats but some of their pitches get "sat" on later in the game as players either step in or further out of the box and other adjustments
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BamaMamaof2
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re: Legit Softball pitching question.
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Make sure your kid warms up well prior to pitching and gets significant rest each year. I mean like three straight months of rest. Don't let him be the guy who has TJ surgery in high school.



That is the key! My daughter played travel until she went to college at Bama and was a catcher. The worse thing parents did with their daughters who were pitchers was to work them all year. Fall ball, lessons all winter, then right into spring ball. When they are young, all the way up to 16-17 years old, they need to rest their arms for at least 3 months.

And also watch out for coaches who throw a pitcher in cold! We saw a coach do that and a girl tore her rotator right there in the circle!


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coachcrisp
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re: Legit Softball pitching question.
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In truth, I don't think I've ever heard of throwing injuries occurring to softball pitchers.
You get occasional forearm injuries.


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coachcrisp
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re: Legit Softball pitching question.
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In truth, I don't think I've ever heard of throwing injuries occurring to softball pitchers.
You get occasional forearm injuries.


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coachcrisp
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re: Legit Softball pitching question.
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I think girls can pitch a lot more than guys IF their fingers stay wound/blister free.


In fast pitch, it all depends on the total conditioning of the pitcher (Gender plays no part). I played some (after I got too old for baseball ) high-level fast pitch softball. I've seen pitchers (in tournaments) pitch up to 5 games in a summer day! They stay hydrated and obviously rest between games. Most of the better teams will pitch 2 or 3 pitchers in a big tournament. Actually the legs get the most work (especially the one that pushes of the rubber.


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