The Answer Is…

By Jonathan Massey-


It’s hard to believe that Monday will be Labor Day. Crazy, sometimes 2020 feels like the longest 20 years of my life, yet other times, I’m wondering where the days went.


Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the summer baseball circuit for most players. As they enter the fall, players are faced with the choice of shutting their arms down or continuing to throw. (A question that we are often asked as coaches for our opinion on this time of year.)


As with most questions we get, the answer is “it just depends”.


I have been fortunate to work with a young man since he was about 12 years old, and now as an incoming sophomore in high school. He is committed to play at a major Division 1 school, hit 91mph at a recent PG event, and is ranked in the Top 5 at both his position and on the mound. We recently had a conversation about him taking time off. My answer to him was if he wanted to give his arm a break, he has earned the right to do so. His velocity, command, and ability to create swing and misses are all at or above his peer group. The only thing we talked about is if he does take time off, he needs to give himself plenty of time to fully ramp back up before he needs to be at full strength. (A general rule for this is for every 7 days you take off, you’ll need 10-14 days of ramp up time to get back to full strength.)


On the other hand, I also work with a number of players who are either even or behind their peer group in velocity, command, or swing-and-miss stuff. To them, I would say taking time off might not be the best idea. I’m also not saying they need to go out and throw more innings. In fact, the opposite—they need to throw less innings and spend a majority of the time working whatever constraint is keeping them even or behind their peer group. Taking time off might actually be the death of their careers. They’ll need to take advantage of every opportunity to close the gap.


I know the medical community advocates for taking 3 months off, but that, at the very core, is a “One-Size-Fits-All” mentality. We all know how well one-size-fits-all mentalities usually work for the masses. If you don’t know, let me help you out… they don’t.


I know this sounds really political but at the end of the day, like I said earlier, the answer on whether or not you should take time off is it just depends.


If your mentally fatigued from a long summer circuit and your velocity/command/ability to create swing and misses are at or above your peer group, then time off may not be a bad idea. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to ramp your arm back up before your competitive season.


If you are at or below your peer group in velocity/command/ability to create swing and misses and your mentally ready to get after it, then now is the time to do it. When everyone else is taking their time off, you can be using that time to close the gap or separate yourself even more.


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