Well, the first 12U tournament of the season was this past weekend. You could most definatley tell which pitchers had been practicing over the winter and who hadn't. I was really wondering if we were at a SELECT tournament because it felt like REC all over again. Even my daughter who was bringing the heat at the end of November has lost some velosity over the winter. I thought we were doing good by pitching 1-2 times a week over the past few months, but watching her this past weekend I realized that 1 time a week is not going to get her a scholarship to college. I was talking to a dad who's daughter was pitching extremely well and I asked him how often does he catch for her. He said he catches her 4 days a week at home and then also catches for her pitching lessons on Saturday. REALLY? Is it realistic to say that for our daughters to be competitive that they need to be pitching every day?? My husband works late so it is up to me (the mom) to sit on that bucket and catch. I will say that since my daughter does not get home from school until 4 and then you have dinner, cleaning the kitchen, homework, baths etc. it does not leave much time to sit on a bucket. Especially when it gets dark at 6pm.
I would like to know how much time most people devote to catching their daughters. How many days per week? How long at a time? Do you take her to a park or just in your back yard?
I thought about buying a pitching net so that she can pitch by herself. We had one last year but it never got used and it sat out in the backyard until it literally fell apart. She hates pitching into a net because it is not realistic (so she says). What other training aids do you use???