Pitch Count

Pitch Count Rules

(1)  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.

(2) 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.

Ex) 11U if a pitcher throws 25 pitches or less in Game 1, they are still eligible to pitch in Game 2 on same calendar day

(3) Pitcher cannot pitch 3 consecutive days unless a pitcher’s first 2 days combined does not exceed:

11U: 25                13U: 30                15U Boys/16U Girls: 35             18U: 40        21U: 45

If pitcher’s day 1 + day 2 exceeds figure above for their division, they require at least one (1) days rest. Pitchers cannot pitch 4 consecutive days – one (1) days rest is needed.

(4) Pitchers and managers shall follow the following guidelines:

11U (No Curveballs) 13U (No Curveballs
before July 1)
15U Boys/16UGirls 18U 21U Rest Required
1-25 1-30 1-35 1-40 1-45 None
26-40 31-45 36-50 41-55 46-60 1 day
41-55 46-60 51-65 56-70 61-75 2 days
56-65 61-75 66-80 71-85 76-90 3 days
66-75 76-85 81-95 86-105 91-115 4 days
75 85 95 105 115 Maximum

(5) 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. The Official Scorekeepers pitch count will be the official pitch count used. NOTE: Once the Coach informs the Umpire that a Pitcher is facing their final batter when they are 1 pitch away from a threshold, the umpire then informs the official scorekeeper and the total Pitch Count to be recorded by the Scorekeeper will be the threshold number that they just arrived at. No additional pitches will be counted as the pitcher finishes that batter before being removed as the pitcher.

(6) Once a player assumes the position of pitcher, they cannot catch for the remainder of the day.

(7)  If a pitcher meets the requirements to pitch on consecutive days and the pitcher does not go over the first daily threshold during game 1, they are permitted to have a 2nd appearance in the same calendar day or the next day if they do not exceed the minimum first threshold (11U – 25, 13U – 30, 15U Boys/16U Girls – 35, 18U – 40, 21U – 45)  . Pitchers will not be permitted to exceed the maximum daily allowable number of pitches in any two-day period. In this situation, when the pitchers two-day total reaches the maximum daily allowable number, that pitchers mandatory days rest starts the following day at 12:01 AM and is based on the total number of pitches thrown over the two-day period.

Pitchers cannot pitch in 3 games during a day.

Examples:

  • A 11U pitcher throws 20 pitches on Day 1 (Friday). On Day 2 (Saturday), that pitcher is limited to 55 pitches. That pitchers two-day total is now 75 and this combined total over 2 days is the number to be used to determine Days of Rest. In this case, the Pitcher cannot pitch again for 4 days starting at 12:01 AM Sunday.
  • A 13U pitcher throws 30 pitches on Day 1 (Friday) and 45 pitches on Day 2 (Saturday). That pitchers two-day total is now 75 and this combined total over 2 days is the number to be used to determine Days of Rest. In this case, the Pitcher cannot pitch again for 3 days starting at 12:01 AM Sunday.
  • A 15U pitcher throws 25 pitches on Day 1 (Friday). On Day 2 (Saturday), that pitcher is limited to 70 pitches. That pitchers two-day total is now 95 and this combined total over 2 days is the number to be used to determine Days of Rest. In this case, the Pitcher cannot pitch again for 4 days starting at 12:01 AM Sunday.
  • A 18U pitcher throws 40 pitches on Day 1 (Friday). On Day 2 (Saturday), that pitcher is limited to 65 pitches. That pitchers two-day total is now 105 and this combined total over 2 days is the number to be used to determine Days of Rest. In this case, the Pitcher cannot pitch again for 4 days starting at 12:01 AM Sunday.
  • A 21U pitcher throws 45 pitches on Day 1. On Day 2, that pitcher is limited to 70 pitches. That pitchers two-day total is now 115 and this combined total over 2 days is the number to be used to determine Days of Rest. In this case, the Pitcher cannot pitch again for 4 days starting at 12:01 AM Sunday.

Pitch Count 

a) When a pitcher reaches the maximum number of pitches allowed for a threshold (see table above), he/she can complete the at-bat without the penalty on days of rest, as long as he/she does not pitch to another batter. In this situation, the number of pitches corresponding to the threshold reached will be indicated on the pitching log.

The coach or manager needs to acknowledge this to the umpire at this moment prior to the next pitch. Umpire would then notify the scorekeeper. Once the Coach informs the Umpire that a Pitcher is facing their final batter when they are 1 pitch away from a threshold, the umpire then informs the official scorekeeper and the total Pitch Count to be recorded by the Scorekeeper will be the threshold number that they just arrived at. No additional pitches will be counted as the pitcher finishes that batter before being removed as the pitcher.

b) When the pitcher reaches the maximum number of pitches allowed (75, 85, 95, 105 and 115 pitches) during a day during a batters at-bat, he/she is allowed to complete the at-bat and must be replaced following that batter.

(8) Intentional Walks are allowed in 13U, 15U, 18U and 21U and will be included in Pitch Count totals even though you do not physically throw any pitches. If you choose to intentionally walk a batter, you must inform the umpire.  If no pitches are thrown – 4 pitches will still be charged to the pitch count.  If you decide after throwing 2 pitches to put the batter on, then you just inform the umpire and the batter is awarded 1st.  In this case, however many strikes were thrown plus a total of 4 balls will count towards the pitch count. (2019) NOTE: Intentional Walks are NOT allowed in the 11U Division (2019).

(9) Required Rest shall be defined in “Days” starting at 12:01am and ending at 11:59 pm of the next calendar day.

(10) 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, however, the pitcher resumes with the total he/she left off with prior to game suspension.

(11) 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.

(12) 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. Should this violation not be caught during the game, the Head Coach will receive a 2-game suspension to be served immediately.

(13) 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.

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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 – 11U

Pitch Count Logbook Game Form – 13U

Pitch Count Logbook Game Form – 15U

Pitch Count Logbook Game Form – 18U

Pitch Count Logbook Game Form – 21U

Pitch Count Logbook Master Form

Scorekeeper’s Guide to Pitch Count

 

VIOLATION POLICY

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. Should this violation not be caught during the game, the Head Coach will receive a 2-game suspension to be served immediately.

FLIP BOARD NUMBERS TO TRACK PITCHES