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Joseph Norris, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon Sports Medicine

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Due to the epidemic of elbow pain in the young throwing athlete, the USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has put together guidelines and recommendations for youth pitchers which include:

  • No breaking pitches (curveball, sliders) until puberty, approximately age 13.
  • Proper pitching mechanics and conditioning should be stressed
  • Discourage youth from pitching for more than one team in a season
  • Three-month rest period per year from overhead throwing activities
  • No pitching in a game or practice after being removed from pitching in a game
Age Pitches Per Game Pitches Per Week Pitches Per Season Pitches Per Year
9-10 50 75 1,000 2,000
11-12 75 100 1,000 3,000
13-14 75 125 1,000 3,000
15-16 90 2 games/week N/A N/A
17-18 105 2 games/week N/A N/A

 

Age 1 Day Rest 2 Days Rest 3 Days Rest 4 Days Rest
9-10 21-33 pitches 34-42 pitches 43-50 pitches 51+ pitches
11-12 27-34 pitches 35-54 pitches 55-57 pitches 58+ pitches
13-14 30-35 pitches 36-55 pitches 56-69 pitches 70+ pitches
15-16 30-39 pitches 40-59 pitches 60-79 pitches 80+ pitches
17-18 30-39 pitches 40-59 pitches 60-89 pitches 90+ pitches

I hope the information here helps your Little Leaguers stay healthy and have a great season. But if elbow pain does occur, come see me and my staff at Mclean County Orthopedics and we will help get you back in the game!

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