Throwing too hard, too much, or too early without enough rest can over-stress the elbow and shoulder and lead
to injury—especially in young athletes. Strengthening the right muscles, pitch counts, and proper rest can improve
short- and long-term health.
- Be age appropriate. Little League players don’t need to throw a slider or a curveball.
- Emphasize control. Focus on accuracy and good throwing mechanics.
- Eyes on target. Stay low. Typically shoulder/elbow injuries are caused by lack of head control.
If head stays on target, accuracy will improve from left/right direction.
- Practice glove control. Keep glove close as ball is released.
- Put away the radar. Don’t focus on velocity.
- Share the load. Rotate pitchers regularly.
- Warm up gradually. It’s important to warm
up between innings. Focus on stretch throwing
and active stretching such as shoulder rolls
and trunk bends with arm swings.
Pitch Count Limits
||Pitches per game
Source: Little League Baseball