Age of player

Please enter an age between 4 and 18

Please enter an age between 4 and 18.
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  1. 1. How many months of the year do you pitch and/or throw competitively?
    Tip: Take at least 4 months off from throwing every year, with at least 2-3 of those months being continuous.
    Tip: Take at least 4 months off from competitive pitching every year (player should refrain from overheard throwing for at least 2-3 of these 4 months).
  2. 2. How many innings have you pitched over the past 12 months (including all leagues, showcase and tournaments)?
    Tip: Do not exceed 60 combined innings pitched in any 12 month period.
    Tip: Do not exceed 80 combined innings pitched in any 12 month period.
    Tip: Do not exceed 100 combined innings pitched in any 12 month period.
    Tip: Do not exceed 100 combined innings pitched in any 12 month period.
  3. 3. How often do you pitch while tired or fatigued?
    Tip: Keep pitching while tired or fatigued at a minimum” to “Avoid pitching while tired or fatigued.
  4. 4. How often do you pitch with pain in your shoulder or elbow?
    Tip: If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder or elbow, you should immediately stop throwing and consult a physician.
  5. 5. Have you played on multiple teams at the same time over the past 12 months?
    Tip: Avoid playing for multiple teams at the same time.
  6. 6. How often do you throw on back-to-back days?
    Tip: If you have thrown more than 20 pitches in a day, make sure to take at least 1 day of rest before you throw again.
    Tip: If you have thrown more than 30 pitches in a day, make sure to take at least 1 day of rest before you throw again.
  7. 7. How often do you exceed pitches in a game?
    Tip: Make sure to set and follow pitch-count limits.
  8. 8. How often do you pitch without taking the recommended rest?
    Tip: Make sure to set and follow required rest periods.
  9. 9. Do you throw curveballs or sliders?
    Tip: Avoid throwing pitches other than fastballs and change-ups.
    Tip: Only begin to throw curveballs or sliders if you have good fastball and change-up mechanics.
  10. 10. When not pitching, how often do you play catcher?
    Tip: Avoid playing catcher while not pitching.
What's my risk?

Your risk factor:

High
To reduce your risk of injury, avoid throwing on back-to-back games, particularly if you've thrown more than twenty pitches on the first day, and avoid pitching with pain in your shoulder or elbow. These factors have been associated with an increased risk of injury among youth pitchers.
Medium
To reduce your risk of injury, avoid playing on multiple teams at the same time and avoid throwing curveballs and sliders before mastering the fastball and changeup. These factors have been associated with an increased risk of injury among youth pitchers.
Low
Great job! Continue to follow the PitchSmart guidelines to help minimize your risk of injury.