When should you start to practice to prepare for a summer league or summer travel team? If you are real serious, you should be working year round. The out of season months are a great time to perfect your pitching form and stay in shape. At the very least to prepare for the season beginning in late April or early May a pitcher should begin throwing at least twice a week in March, work their way up to three times a week by the first of April and finally about 4 times a week at least a couple weeks before their season starts.
If you are only pitching in the league twice a week and limited innings, you need not throw four times a week, however, if you wish to get better simply pitching two 1/2 games during the week will not help you improve your game. Pitchers that advance in their skill level and accuracy throw at least 3 days a week if not more.
If you are a pitcher who pitches in league and on a weekend traveling team, it is important you work on your form, accuracy and pitches prior to the start of the season. Once the season starts you have little time to perfect pitches or form when you are playing two nights a week and also every weekend. I would recommend devoting one of your off days in the middle of the week to a good pitching workout. The Monday after a tournament weekend is a good time to take a day off and let your body recover.
Trust your body and your arm to tell you when you need a break or a rest. With proper mechanics you should be able to have lengthy pitching practices. A half hour or more to warm up and a good hour of pitching. I like to have my pitchers pitch simulated games to prepare them mentally for certain counts, runners on base and dealing with walks. Plus it makes the practice more interesting. What are your thoughts?