And if they were to mandate such measures, it’s not like we’d see a safer game overnight. Practical considerations would mean that any significant new equipment — especially ones that would mess with a pitcher’s comfort, vision and range of motion — would mean that they’d have to be grandfathered in. Kids who pitch with face masks in little league now would probably be the first generation that could reasonably be expected to do so when they’re 25 years-old and playing in the bigs. .
As for finding the reason for all the arm problems and TJ surgeries, the man who benefits most from the latter did a study and found unequivocally that OVER-USE ABSOLUTELY IS CAUSING the arm problems. But a KEY FACTOR WAS KIDS THAT PITCH AND CATCH; particularly when they do so in the same and/or back-to-back games.
A lot of young kids who pitch normally finish with their throwing hand next to their waist, where a front pocket would be. The problem with this type of finish is the pitcher does not get the lower body involved and will usually pull their head outside of the intended target. The finish position should have the throwing hand “below” and “outside” the landing knee.
My boys want to play baseball all the time but unfortunately there is only one of me to go around. The KidzLane Kids Baseball Pitching Machine is great because they can play and practice by themselves or just without me. They are not very good pitchers to each other so this is a great product to help them practice hitting without having someone good at pitching to them.