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Is throwing curve balls truly bad for little leaguers?



A lot of speculation has been brought up about the use of throwing secondary pitches by little leaguers. Terms such as “little league elbow” and “Tommy John” have been said to be the result for players being taught to throw curve balls and sliders at to early of an age.

It has now become part of the general consensus that a little league player should wait until high school or even after, to learn how to throw the curve ball.

Here is a fantastic article that I came across that does a fantastic job of disputing this common held belief about the relationship that youth baseball has with the curve ball.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2011-08-03-little-league-pitching-study_n.htm