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Tommy John Surgery Does Not Improve Pitching Performance

Misconceptions abound among  baseball parents, coaches and players about the reasons for and benefits of Tommy John surgery and the relationship between pitch counts and injury risk.

Little League International Updates and Extends Moratorium On Composite Bats

Little League International has placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Little League (Majors) Division and all other baseball divisions of Little League, effective immediately. 

Youth Baseball Pitchers Throwing More Than 100 Innings Per Year Risk Serious Injury

Youth baseball pitchers throwing more than 100 innings in a calendar year are 3.5 times more likely to be so seriously injured as to require elbow or shoulder surgery or retirement due to injury, says a new study from the American Sports Medicine Institute. The study suggests that playing catcher may double or triple a pitcher's risk of injury, but the small number of injured players studied prevented a finding that the risk was significantly significant. 

Too Many Curve Balls in Youth Baseball?

Youth baseball programs - Little League in particular -  have put new limits in place in recent years to reduce the number of pitches thrown per game, week, and for what team, prompting, indeed requiring, parents and coaches to get out "the clicker" to count pitches. With pitch limits in place, the attention seems to have turned to another important element in the pitching injury equation: the type of pitches being thrown.

Little League Passes Indefinite Moratorium on Composite Bats

An indefinite moratorium on the use of composite bats (a bat with a metal shell, but a woven composite of fibers on the inside of the barrel portion). in the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League has been passed by the Little League International Board of Directors, effective immediately.  Not covered under the Little League moratorium are wood bats, metal bats, or bats that have composite materials in the handle only.

California Goes To Bat For Safety

Following a near fatal injury, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced that it will require metal bats to meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution Test Performance Standard (BBCOR) and ban composite bats effective immediately.

Potter Baseball Tour Celebrates Values of Bygone Era

In his book, "Whatever Happened to Baseball?" Jeff Potter wrote about how the game of baseball had changed in the last 30-40 years.  In the summer of 2010, Potter took a team of youth baseball players on a month-long baseball odyssey to celebrate values from baseball's past: teamwork, discipline, work ethic, and passion for the game.

Travel Ball: Are More Players, Fewer Teams Needed?

Every year, without fail, independent travel baseball teams start up without the number of players they need to insure a dependable, quality, and competitive team but, just as importantly, a healthy and safe baseball playing experience.

Letter to Parents

Our ball club is designed to accommodate 20 players, not 12. In the past you may have
participated on teams that have promised your son a tremendous amount of playing time
involving many games and much exciting travel. You may have concerns as to why we chose to
carry this number of players. As you read, please begin to recall that experience.
We created this team as a quality alternative to open enrollment leagues. The term quality is
important. We believe that quality is vital to our mission. We will make four promises to you;

Concussion Rates in High School Sports Vary By Sport and Gender

Concussion rates in thirteen high school sports from 1998 to 2008, as reported in three separate studies, vary widely by sport and, in some cases, by gender.
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