I don’t think there’s a direct 1:1 link where “X” innings pitched = “Y” innings caught, and I don’t know if its such a big deal anyone should even try to find one. The ASMI recommendations are there and based on what some of the most prominent people in the field believe, based on science and experience. If that’s not good enough for someone, then all they’re doing is rolling the dice with their son’s health.
Originally Posted by CircleChange11
I know things have change tremendously since I caught back in the 60’s, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Doing 100+ squats, making 100+ throws, and getting beat by errant throws and fouled balls like a red headed stepchild ain’t no ride in the park. It takes a tremendous toll on the knees especially, even though it may not look like it.
Pitching’s not a heck of a lot easier. It doesn’t require the same kind of physical commitment as catching, but the toll on the arm and shoulder can’t be matched by any repetitious, violent physical movement in any sport. Ignorance of parents is understandable and can be excused to some degree, but once parents have any kind of understanding about the forces taking place on their child and choose to ignore it for some kind of misplaced glory, it becomes as abusive as beating that child.
All that aside though, there’s absolutely no reason to ever have any one kid do both because its in everyone’s best interests to raise the level of other players, rather than depend on one. Since it’s a team game, no matter how good any one player is, it still requires 8 others to play the game.
I think you’re headed in the proper direction because you’re an intelligent person who values the expertise of those ASMI folks.
The pitcher who’s afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.