Pitch Count Rules
- Any player on the team is eligible to pitch, and there are no restrictions to the number of pitchers a manager may use in a game.
- Pitchers shall be permitted to have 2 appearances in the same calendar day. If a pitcher requires a rest following 1st appearance, they cannot return in the same calendar day.
- Pitcher cannot pitch 3 consecutive days unless a pitcher’s first 2 days combined does not exceed:
Mosquito:25 Pee Wee:30 Bantam Boys/Girls:35 Midget:40
- If pitcher’s day 1 + day 2 exceeds figure above for their division, they require at least 1 days rest.
- Pitcher cannot pitch 4 consecutive days. One (1) days rest is needed.
- Pitchers and managers shall follow the following guidelines:
Mosquito (No Curveballs) Pee Wee (No Curveballs before May 31) Bantam Boys/Girls Midget Rest Required 1-25 1-30 1-35 1-40 None 26-40 31-45 36-50 41-55 1 day 41-55 46-60 51-65 56-70 2 days 56-65 61-75 66-80 71-85 3 days 66-75 76-85 81-95 86-105 4 days 75 85 95 105 Maximum
- The official scorekeeper will calculate the total pitches thrown for that calendar day and determine the required rest starting the next calendar day. Athletes must not exceed the maximum pitch count total for that day.
- Once a player assumes the position of pitcher, they cannot catch for the remainder of the day.
- Pitchers will be permitted to finish the batter if his or her maximum pitch limit has been reached for that calendar day.
- Intentional Walks will be included in Pitch Count totals.
- Required Rest shall be defined in “Days” starting at 12:01am and ending at 11:59 pm of the next calendar day.
- If a game continues past 12:01am, those pitches are counted as if pitched prior to midnight. If a game is suspended, when it resumes it is defined as a different day.
- A pitcher who is removed from the mound during a game shall not be permitted to return to pitch in the same game, even if the pitcher is retained in the game at another position.
- Any violation of any part of the pitch count rule, the result is the Head Coach is ejected from the current game and receives an additional game suspension.
- The manager or coach may make a 2nd visit to the mound while the same batter in at bat in order to remove the pitcher.
PITCH COUNT BENEFITS
ARTICLE FROM NEW YORK TIMES
Please take the time to read this article regarding Pitch Count and its benefits from the August 7, 2009 edition of the New York Times.
PITCH COUNT FORMS
Please click on the links below to download forms relating to Pitch Count:
SBA Pitch Count Tracking Sheet
Pitch Count Logbook Game Form – Mosquito
Pitch Count Logbook Game Form – Pee Wee
Pitch Count Logbook Game Form – Bantam
Pitch Count Logbook Game Form – Midget
Pitch Count Logbook Master Form
Scorekeeper’s Guide to Pitch Count
Any violation of any part of the pitch count rule, the result is the Head Coach is ejected from the current game and receives an additional game suspension.