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 August 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.

(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. Pitchers will not be permitted to exceed the maximum daily allowable number of pitches in any two-day period.

Pitchers cannot pitch in 3 games during a day.

Examples:

  • A 11U pitcher throws 20 pitches on Day 1. On Day 2, that pitcher is limited to 55 pitches.
  • A 15U pitcher throws 25 pitches on Day 1. On Day 2, that pitcher is limited to 70 pitches.
  • A 21U pitcher throws 45 pitches on Day 1. On Day 2, that pitcher is limited to 70 pitches.

Pitch Count (New 2020)

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.

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