Pitch Count Safety

Updated Sunday November 13, 2016 by FCLL.

Current Pitch Count Safety Rules

In its continuing effort to protect the health and safety of youth pitchers, and to reflect the latest research on pitching injuries, Little League made additional changes in its rules which went into effect for the spring 2010 season and beyond. Here are the current pitch count maximums per a player's league age:

League Age Pitches Allowed Per Day
17-18 105
13-16 95
11-12 85
9-10 75
7-8 50

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher Mandatory Rest Periods                       

League Ages 7 - 14      League Ages 15 - 18  
Number of Pitches thrown Days Rest Number of Pitches Thrown Days Rest
66 or More 4 76 or More 4
51 to 65 3 61 to75 3
36 to 50 2 46 to 60 2
21 to 35 1 31 to 45 1
1 to 20 None Required 1 to 30 None Required

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Other Important Pitching Rules

Pitcher to Catcher Ban. Any pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game may not go behind the plate to play catcher for the remainder of the day.  [Remember: once a pitcher is removed from the mound, he or she can only return to the mound in Little League's Intermediate, Junior Divisions only.

Minor league pitching. Players age 12 may not pitch in Minors division games

Multiple games. Players may not pitch in more than one game in a day

Pitches in suspended/regulation tie games charged against pitcher's eligibility.  If suspended games are resumed on another day, pitchers of record at time game was suspended will be allowed to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day if they have rested the proper amount of days.

Completion of pitching to batter. If a pitcher reaches the pitch-count limit for their age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base, the batter is retired, or the third out is made to complete the half-inning.

Enforcement

To ensure that pitching rules are strictly followed, Little League now imposes a number of other strict requirements:

Each league must designate a scorekeeper or official to track pitch counts as the official pitch-count recorder. We use a specific pitch count form to help keep track of pitches thrown.
The home team pitch count recorder will provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire, and notify the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has reached the pitch limit, who will, in turn, notify the pitcher's manager that the pitcher must be removed.
Failure of the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager does not relief the manager of his/her responsibility to remove the pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible to pitch.
Violation of the rule can result in a protest of the game in which it occurs.
The manager will then record the pitchers pitches in the jevin system and the pitching records are public so that opposing managers can see a previous games pitchers at anytime.

 

pitching_log.pdf