Age appropriateness of throwing curveballs [closed]


By Matthew Reynolds Published 16/08/2016

Once you have found your Pokйmon - whether it was by finding the Pokйmon Type by location, or from using the in-game radar or a tracker like Pokevision - you then have to then catch it inside a Pokйball.

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How Nice, Great and Excellent throws work

Once you've found a Pokйmon on the map, tap them to start the capture process. Whether in augmented mode (placing the Pokйmon in the real world) or in-game, time your throws to when the coloured circle round them is at their smallest. If you manage to land the ball in the circle, the greater the chance of success in capturing the Pokйmon.

To do this, press and hold on the Pokйball to make the circle appear, and...

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Did you know that nearly 49% of youth baseball pitchers will suffer an elbow or shoulder injury in 2016?


And at the high school level, pitching injuries are happening at an even greater rate.

Doctors are now performing five times more "Tommy John" elbow surgeries than they were just a decade ago, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Overuse is to blame for arm injuries among youth baseball players, but throwing curve balls at an early age still increases risk, according to a new report by researchers at the University of North Carolina.1

Key findings

Pitchers with a previous history of injury are at 5 times greater risk of elbow and shoulder injuries, which the study attributed to inadequate rest, medical treatment, and recovery time after an initial arm injury; The average number of innings pitched per game is a risk factor for shoulder injury in youth baseball pitchers; Pitch count programs* cut by half the risk of shoulder injury in youth baseball pitchers age 8 to 13; Pitching in travel ball "elite" or "select" programs, and pitching in "showcase" events, were associated with increased risk of elbow and shoulder injury for those who also pitched in Little League Baseball and among high school pitchers; The number of pitching-related injuries doubled between Little League (ages 8- to 13) and...
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Though pitches in softball and baseball are similar, softball pitchers employ different techniques to throw their pitches. Because softballs are pitched underhand rather than overhand, pitchers grip and release the softball differently. A well-pitched screwball will curve to the right for right-handed pitchers, while the curve ball will curve to the left. Left-handed pitchers use the same pitching technique, but will see their balls curve in the opposite direction.

Hold the softball so that the U-shape in the stitches is facing up.

Place your first, second and third fingers on the U-shape in the stitches. Place your thumb on the opposite side of the ball. Tuck your fourth finger in on the side of the ball.

Step into the pitch to the left if you are a right-handed pitcher, or to the right if you are a left-handed pitcher.

Arc your arm so that it is away from...

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At what age should a pitcher start learning to throw a curveball? How old should a pitcher be before he starts throwing the curve?

Most of the blogs and forums out there seem to think a good age to start throwing a curveball is 15 – 16 years old. However, there are also some out there that believe it is ok for a 12 year old to start learning and throwing the curveball.

I am a on the fence with this issue of having an exact age, but I do want to share my view on starting to throw the curveball at the earlier end of this age spectrum. Of course, I want to share my personal experience with learning the curveball as well. I don’t like that there is a specific age for throwing a curveball. I started throwing the curveball my first year on the “big bases” which happened to be at age 13. I wouldn’t recommend learning to throw the curveball before this because 60’6” is where you will be throwing your curveball for the rest of your baseball career. Why learn to throw it at a...

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The Little League World Series and the Taney Dragons have captured the hearts of so many around the nation. They kept nearly everyone in the Philly area intrigued and watching the games from the edge of our seats.

However, while watching the Little League World Series, I couldn’t help but notice the number of curveballs being thrown. It seems like 1/3 of all pitches are curveballs. Should 11 and 12 year olds be throwing curveballs, and if not, at what age is it safe to throw them?

Let’s start with the research. Studies by Flesig et al. and Dun et al., both out of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), did not find an increased injury risk for youth pitchers when comparing curveballs to fastballs1,2. Neither study found that curveballs were safe, they simply did not find a correlation to injuries. Both studies were performed well, but limitations of the studies may have contributed to their findings. Dun did not test pitchers in a game nor when pitchers were...

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You definitely waited until the right age for you son to start throwing this pitch. It is recommended to wait until the child is 15-16 years old before throwing this pitch.

There are very few resources on the web that list the recommended number of pitches a player should throw at this age because everybody is different. But throwing a curve ball at this young of an age is very dangerous if you throw it incorrectly. So you have to be very carful. Throwing a curve ball with bad technique can cause serious elbow injuries.

As long as he is throwing the curve correctly, he can throw as many as he wants. If he complains about any pain or pinching, stop immediately. If you want to play it safe, take the number of pitches (non curves) he usually throws, cut it in half and have him throw that many that day. Do this until he feels perfectly comfortable.

Here is a video that shows the proper way to throw a curveball without causing injury.

I also agree with what...

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Dear Dr. Donohue • Will you settle an issue that has come up about throwing curveballs at a young age? My son is 12 and is a truly excellent pitcher. He begged me to show him how to throw a curve. I did, and he learned the technique quickly.

Fathers of other boys in his league tell me he will ruin his arm by throwing curves. I don't want to ruin my boy's future. — F.C.

Answer • The age to throw a curveball is a topic fraught with contradictory statements. For many years, experts taught that 14 was the youngest age to allow pitchers to throw curves. The reason given was that the immature arm cannot tolerate the stress on the elbow and its ligaments required to throw a curve. That teaching was not supported by strong evidence.

New studies repudiate that point of view. The University of North Carolina conducted a study on youngsters between the ages of 8 years through college age and found that throwing a curveball was no more harmful to a young pitcher's arm than...

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Are there really 100 different ways to throw a curveball?

When I grew up there certainly were; at least it seemed that way.

Today is no different; there may be even more magical ways to throw one!

The fact is 99 of the other ways I heard about how to throw a curveball were flat out wrong and could be damaging to anyone throwing it regardless of age or experience.

While in my little league years there also seemed to be so much confusion as to when a pitcher could begin throwing a curve.

Some of the myths were:

When he hit puberty
When he had hair under his arms

When he turned 12
When he starts shaving

Get real coach! All of those are contradicting statements in and of themselves. Do all boys hit puberty at 12? Of course not. You know any more guys? , cause I sure do…

I can tell you some kids I hung out with had full grown beards when they were 13 and some of my friends still can’t grow much facial...

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Story highlights

Evidence suggests that curveballs may not be entirely to blame for injuries Little League has taken steps to prevent overuse of pitchers' arms Some doctors say curveballs should not be thrown by young pitchers Some 2.6 million kids worldwide play Little League baseball

This time of year, I am disturbed at the number of curveballs we see being thrown during the Little League World Series.

I coached youth baseball for eight years, each spring and fall. Three years ago, I wrote that Little League Baseball

should ban the use of the curveball

by its young pitchers.

The evidence seemed clear -- and sports injury doctors seemed to all agree -- that pitchers who were 13 and younger were not physically capable of handling the torque and strain on the elbow when throwing a curveball. The ulnar collateral ligaments connecting the lower and upper part of an arm simply couldn't survive the strain, they said.

Now, there is evidence the...

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I can remember driving all day to watch, what many local high school coaches were calling the “Next” MLB superstar…But what I saw was nothing remotely close to a SuperStar. In fact, this young man would never pitch in college much less the MLB…Because it was obvious he’d fallen in love with the curveball at an early age.

And sadly, I see this a lot.

Young pitchers experience tremendous success at the lower levels for one simple reason….Hitters struggle with the curveball. So, what I’m about to share with you goes against traditional thought when it comes to “What age should young pitchers begin throwing the curveball”…Depending on what scientific journal you’re looking at, you’re going to find conflicting reports.

Several studies advise against throwing the curve ball. Not this one. The following is an excerpt taken from “Risk of Serious Injury for Young Baseball Pitchers : A 10-Year Prospective Study,” Glenn S. Fleisig, James R. Andrews, et al., Am. J. Sports...

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To throw a curveball, your grip is important. Usually you'll want to place your middle finger on the inside a seam. And what you want to do is throw it like a fastball to here, where the elbow and arm form an L, with your arm perpendicular to the ground, and turn your hand in.

You're pulling down the front of the ball, trying to increase the rate of rotation, which is usually 13 revolutions from the time it leaves your hand until it gets home.

Right here, like an L shape, I'm going to pull down on the ball and make it spin as much as I can.


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Grip the ball.

The knuckle curveball is similar to other grips, but the variable this time will be your index finger. Grip the ball with your middle finger along the bottom seam, and your thumb along the back seam. Hold the baseball such that the curves of the seams are close to your palm, with one on top and one on the bottom of your palm. Bend your index finger inward before laying it on the ball so that your nail and top knuckle are resting on the ball and your middle knuckle is pointing at the target.

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For right-handed people, place your middle finger on the right seam on top, and your thumb on the left seam on bottom. Lefties should do the opposite....
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