PITCHING & MISC THOUGHTS

FROM NCAA & STATISTICS COMPANY

these are the results from scienticfic studies conducted with actual data

1. AMERICANS HAVE ABANDONED THEIR OWN GAME OF BASEBALL & THE ENORMOUS WEALTH IT GENERATES TO FOREIGN PLAYERS. 50% OF MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS AND 35% OF MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS ARE FOREIGNERS. THE CANADIAN SPORT OF HOCKEY, THE NHL, HAS ONLY 18 % OF NON-AMERICAN PLAYERS. DESPITE TODAYS PLAYERS HAVING MORE INFORMATION, BETTER PHYSICAL TRAINING & BETTER MEDICAL TRAINING THE MODERN PLAYER IS LESS SUCCESSFUL THAN EVER BEFORE.

2. IN THE LAST 60 YEARS OF LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES GAMES ALL LOADED WITH THOUSANDS OF TALENTED KIDS ONLY 24 MADE IT TO THE PROS.

2. DESPITE BETTER MEDICAL CARE, TRAINING & INFO MLB INJURIES ARE UP 300% WITH INJURIES TO KIDS UP 700%.

3. LOOKING AT PITCHING FROM 1961 TO 2001: USED THE 4 MAN ROTATION, PITCHERS WERE DURABLE, PITCHED A LOT OF INNINGS & COMPLETED GAMES. IN 60-70'S THE TOP 10 PITCHERS ALL HAD DOUBLE DIGIT COMPLETE GAMES. NOW THE AVERAGE IS ONE PLAYER A YEAR IN MLB.

4. ONE REASON FOR PLAYER FAILURE IS PLAYING GAMES WITH PRETENDED IMPORTANCE. A REGULAR SEASON GAME IS NOT A BIG EVENT AND THEREFORE ITS LOSS IS NOT IMPORTANT. ON AVERAGE 2/3 OF ALL SEASON GAME RESULTS ARE PREDETERMINED. REPLACING A 30 GAME SCHEDULE WITH 30 ELLIMINATION TOURNAMENTS CAUSES PROBLEMS AS KIDS ARE NOT MENTALLY PREPARED TO BE ELLIMINATED 30 TIMES AS A REPLACEMENT FOR A REGULAR SEASON.

5. MUST KNOW HOW TO PLAY-BASEBALL INTELLEGENCE. TALENT IS BASED ON NATURAL SKILLS-GENETIC POTENTIAL. MUST DEVELOP ATHLETICLY & SOCIALLY.

6. PITCH COUNT: ....... PITCH COUNT HAS BEEN USED NOW FOR 10 YEARS YET THERE IS NO EVIDENCE FOR A REDUCTION IN INJURIES. INJURIES ARE UP. PITCHING KIDS WHO ARE PROTECTED BY PITCH COUNT GET THE SAME NUMBER AND TYPE OF INJURIES AS THOSE WHO OVERTHROW. ALL PITCHES ARE NOT EQUAL IN THEIR AFFECT ON THE BODY. STRENGTH, VELOCITY, MECHANICS ALL VARY FROM PITCH TO PITCH AND EACH AFFECTS DIFFERENT PICTCHERS DIFFERENTLY. ALL THESE CAUSES FOR BODY DAMAGE ARE NOT REFLECTED IN A PITCH COUNT. THE NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE PITCHES THROWN BETWEEN PERIODS OF REST IS IMPORTANT. .........EACH PITCHER CAN THROW X PITCHES WITH REST AND RETURN MANY TIMES. THAT NUMBER VARIES FOR EACH PITCHER.........PITCH COUNT STUNTS DEVELOPMENT......PITCHING IS EQUIVALENT TO WEIGHT LIFTING. THE DAMAGE TO YOUR ARM IS THE SAME AS LIFTING A WEIGHT OF 5LBS/10MPH OF EACH PITCH. BUT WHEN YOU LIFT AND YOUR HURING OR YOUR FORM BREAKS DOWN YOU PAUSE THE WEIGHT OR STOP. BUT PITCHERS DONT STOP..... THE TIME TO STOP PITCHING IS WHEN YOUR LOSING CONTROL, YOUR MECHANICS BREAKS DOWN AND YOUR NOT FEELING PROPER.

7. HITTING REQUIRES YOU TO ACCUMULATE DATA FROM EACH PITCH YOU SEE OVER A PERIOD OF MANY GAMES YOU CAN THEN LEARN TO REACT TO EACH TYPE OF PITCH. YOU MUST MENTALLY PROCESS WHAT YOU SEE ON EACH PITCH.

8. CONVENTIONAL WISDOM AND ONE LINE PHRASES USUALLY HAVE NO EDIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEM.

9. BAD INFORMATION FROM CREDABLE SOURCES CAN BE VERY HARMFULL. (SAID BY TOM HOUSE)

10. DEVELOPMENT : START WITH YOUR GENETIC SKILLS MUST GIVE IT TIME.....THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE GAME.....THE STRESS GENERATED BY IMAGINARY IMPORTANCE STUNTS DEVELOPMENT AS YOU NEVER TRIVE IN SURVIVAL MODE. AVOID TESTING SKILLS TO DEVELOP THEM. YOU CANT IMPOSE YOUR WILL ON BASEBALL LIKE YOU CAN IN OTHER GAMES WHERE YOU HAVE MUCH GREATER CONTROL.....LEARN THE MENTAL GAME....PLAY WITH CONFIDENCE....HAVE AN OBTAINABLE GOAL,,,,HIT INSIDE THE BASEBALL....HELP YOUR TEAM WIN,