Pitch Count Guidelines
An overall guide and FAQs
REGULAR SEASON – BASEBALL ONLY
REGULATION VI – PITCHERS:
League age: 13–16 / 95 pitches per day
Pitchers league age 16 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
- If a player pitches 61 or more pitches in a day, three calendar days of rest and a game must be observed
- If a player pitches 41–60 pitches in a day, two calendar days of rest and a game must be observed
- If a player pitches 21–40 pitches in a day, one calendar days of rest must be observed
- If a player pitches 1–20 pitches in a day, no calendar day of rest must be observed
A player may not pitch in consecutive games unless 40 or less pitches were delivered in the previous game for league age 16, or 50 or less pitches were delivered in the previous game for league at 17–18.
What is meant by calendar days in the regulation?
A calendar day is one full day as it’s seen on a calendar. A calendar day begins at midnight and ends at midnight the following evening.
So, if a pitcher in the Little League Major Division throws 70 pitches in a game on Saturday morning, that pitcher cannot pitch again until Wednesday, when he or she has had three calendar days of rest (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). It doesn’t make a difference what time of day the pitcher pitched on Saturday, as the rest period does not begin until midnight that night.
How much is over pitching?
Many organizations have established schedules — pitches per game, pitches per week, rest cycles, etc. They’ve also limited pitch counts for long weekend tournaments Friday–Sunday. In these extended tournaments, teams may play more than 5 games. Prior to the guidelines, it was not uncommon for a young pitcher to throw two or three full games with a significant pitch count. Therefore, we have a number of resources available to define proper pitch count per game, per week and required rest. Check them out!
Are all concussions the same?
Absolutely not. Concussions vary by symptoms, the athlete’s gender and more. We’ve got a lot of concussion data from male contact sports, and we’re increasingly getting more information on concussions in women as the female athletic populations increases. There appears to be little difference between sexes in the time it takes for them to feel better or return to play, but the symptoms differ drastically. For example, more males experienced memory loss where female athletes had loss of nerve and brain functions and anxiety disorders. Please review these factors and symptoms to determine and assure a safe return to play.
When is an MRI needed?
If you’ve had unrelenting pain for more than three weeks and one or more of the following have occurred:
- Physical therapy has not worked
- You have pain in your hips and or lower extremity
- You have a loss of bladder or bowel control
- You have pain in your hips or lower extremity when you sneeze, cough or strain
- You have tingling, numbness, pain and lower extremity strength loss
If these symptoms are present along with neurological test findings, an MRI or CT scan should often ordered.