I love baseball. It is my families favorite sport to watch together. Nothing beats the smell of a baseball game: soft pretzels and gummy worms are what a baseball game smells like to me. The hot dogs are on the broiler; snow cones are turning kids tongues blue, and everyone is having a good time.
What I really like about baseball is seeing the players grow. They start with t-ball, and then they begin to learn to pitch after that. Seeing their pitching evolve over the years is fascinating. Let’s explore it, shall we?
9 Year's Old
I would have to say most pitchers begin to work on their game around the age of 9.Around that age is make or break for a lot of activities for playing a team sport in middle school and high school. 9 is also the age when kids start their technique for pitching.They are able to figure out what their best fast pitch is and how they can improve it. At 9 years old they are probably throwing around 45 mph.
You have to remember that they are growing, so they do not have the strength in their arm yet, so 45 mph is really good despite their lack of muscle. Weight training will come later on in their athletic career.At this age, they need just to focus getting the ball to the catcher’s glove and striking out their opponent. Do not put pressure on their speed yet. Let them work on their technique first.
- 12 Year’s Old
- 15 Year’s Old
- 18 Year’s Old
- Big Leagues
I am picking 12 years old for my next selection because most pitchers are beginning togo through puberty at this age and are becoming stronger and growing into their bodies.On average, most baseball players are throwing around 55 to 60 mph. They have been pitching for 3 years and have strengthened their arm and have also done some growing.
I would recommend that if they are able to throw around 60 mph, that they should set a goal to throw 65 mph by the time they turn 13. This is also the age where more pressure is being put on them as a pitcher. They have their pitch that they are perfecting and are learning new ways to throw the ball as well. If they are not able to throw 65 mph by their 13 th birthday, I would maybe suggest a different playing position.
In another 3 years, the pitcher will be even stronger and a better baseball player than when they were 12. They know the game inside out and spend a lot of their free time playing catch and hitting in the batting cages. Teenagers are starting to do a bit of weight room at this age and are creating a stronger arm thus they should be aiming to throw around 70 to 75 mph with the goal of throwing 80 mph by the time they turn 16.
A 15 year old should also be aiming to play at the varsity level for their high school baseball team and getting ready for scouts for college. Baseball players begin to wonder that if they stay healthy if they are able to make it to the big leagues around this age.
You are getting ready to graduate high school and play ball for your chosen university.Perhaps you were lucky enough to be scouted by a Division 1 school and received a scholarship. This will set you up to be scouted by baseball scouts for the major leagues and minor leagues. If you are getting ready to be playing ball in college, then you are probably throwing around 80 to 85 mph. Your goal by the time you arrive in university is to throw 90 mph or more.
You know about weight training, staying healthy and howto rest your arm and tendons, so you are able to pitch at your peak each time you are onthe mound. Make sure you know how to wrap your shoulder to keep it strong, and howto ice it properly. I also recommend using muscle creams for after practice, so they do not become sore and painful. Believe me; I know what a hurt rotator cuff feels like, and I do not want you to be feeling it at that young of age.
Once you played your first game in university, you should be able to throw 90+ mph during a game consistently. If you are not there to seek out help from a coach, so they can direct you on how to strengthen your arm to get you up there. It might be the way you are holding the ball, or when you are releasing it, that is the problem.
Do not stress about it because that will make it worse. Make sure you rest your arm properly, lift weights properly and focus on your whole body and not just your arm. A strong core and strong legs help you throw the baseball faster and more controlled. You will have a great arm by the time you graduate so you can begin to play minor league ball if that is your plan.
If you stayed healthy and took care of your arm, you should be pitching at least 90 to 95 mph if not up to 100 mph by now. Radar guns are your friend, and you love seeing how fast you are able to throw. Keep your body healthy and fit, and you will be able to keep throwing at that speed for the next 20 years or so.
To me, pitching is something you are either great at or terrible at. You need to have solid hand eye coordination, and it seems to be a natural talent some people have. Baseball, in general, is a sport that you are either really good at or you are just not able to play, but that is particularly true about pitchers. If you have a good arm, then take care of it.