Quick Learn

Little League Pitch Count Rules Playoffs

By Biraj Khanal / 26 July 2023 05:12 AM

Minor divison players shaking hands as a appreciation after the game.
Source : instagram

Little league pitch count rules playoffs mention the player should have 3 rest days if he pitches 51-65 pitches a day. It varies according to age groups.

It is a US-based company that prioritizes the local youth baseball and softball leagues across the country and the world. It was founded in 1939 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Pitch count means the statistical data regarding the number of pitches thrown in a game by the pitcher. It is merely focused on young pitchers and injured pitchers to maintain their health.

Little League has set its own rules regarding the pitching count for their young players to reduce the risk of injury. A pitcher should be removed after the end of half innings in a game.

The league further mentions the pitching limit for different age groups during the game. The age group of 7-8 can throw a maximum of 50 pitches daily.

Pitch Count Rules

Little league baseball pitch count varies as per the different age groups. The age group of 13-16 can have a 95 pitches limit.

Eligibility of the pitcher in the Little League is handled by the pitch count tied to the number of pitches thrown in a game.

It also provides how many rest days are needed for the pitcher, according to his pitching numbers.

Little League has set different pitching count rules observing the pitcher's physical health balance in the game.

A photo of a pitch counter by Samsung J7 on June 2019.
Source : instagram

Some of the notable information regarding the rules are:

  1. Any player is qualified to pitch in a game except the player who has played as a catcher in four innings or more.
  2. For 15-16 years of age, the pitcher delivering 21 pitches or more may not return on the same calendar day as a catcher.
  3. Each team should assign one person as the official pitching counter recorder.
  4. The team manager provides the final pitching counts with the final score to the officials and Umpire in Chief.
  5. The manager is responsible for analyzing his pitcher's count and the time the pitcher must be out of the game.
  6. The Board of Directors or District may set additional pitching restrictions during the interleague and regular seasons.

It further states that if the pitcher reaches their limit, they can continue to pitch and returns to the catcher's position if the batter reaches base, the batter is retired, and there is a third out in the half innings in the game.

The pitcher can't return to the mound as a pitcher after being removed once from the mound.

Also, the manager should remove the pitcher when informed of meeting the pitching limit in a game but can be available for the next game, as per the various age groups.

Pitch Count Rest Days

Little League pitch count adheres to different rest days the rules and regulations provide. It depends upon the number of pitches thrown in a game. 

The rule allows the pitcher to have rest days in order to maintain their equilibrium between the game and the rest. Though the rule mentioned the specific rest days, there are some exceptions in the game which the pitcher may follow as per the game situation.

The exceptions include the batter reaching the base, the batter getting retired, and the third out in half innings.

Pitch count is seggregated as per the different age groups for the young pitchers.
Source : instagram

In the league, pitchers under the age of 14 have to follow the rest of the requirements;

  1. 0-20 pitches, zero days of rest
  2. 21-35 pitches, 1 day of rest
  3. 36-50 pitches, 2 days of rest
  4. 51-65 pitches, 3 days rest
  5. 66 or more pitches, 4 days rest

Similarly, the pitchers of the 15-16 age group have to follow the following requirements;

  1. 0-30 pitches, No rest days
  2. 31-45 pitches, 1 day of rest
  3. 46-60 pitches, 2 days of rest
  4. 61-75 pitches, 3 days of rest
  5. 76 or more pitches, 4 days of rest

Little League Pitch Count By Age

 Little League pitch counts include 95 for 13-16 and 75 for 9-10 years of age. The pitch counts vary according to the age groups.

 The league has classified its tournaments according to age group, including Tea-ball, Minor league, and Little League Major division.

The age group of four years to 18 years can be seen as segregated into various age groups by league officials. 

A look at the pitch count data in the little league.
Source : instagram

Age groups in the Little League are;

  1. 6-8 Years Old
  2. 9-10 Years Old
  3. 11-12 Years Old
  4. 13-16 Years Old

The players shouldn't be allowed to pitch in three regular days in a row under no circumstances.

Minor, major, and intermediate division players may not be allowed to pitch in more than a single game in a day.

1. 6-8 Years Old

This age group mainly falls under the minor league division in the little league. Little League has stated the number of pitches to be thrown by the pitchers to 50 per day.

Pitchers of six to eight years are allowed to throw a maximum of 50 pitches and can get the rest of two calendar days if they are able to throw all 50.

2. 9-10 Years Old

Little League has set a separate division for this mentioned age group. The pitchers of the age group can throw a pitch count of 75 per day.

This age division is higher than the minor league but lower than the Major League division. If they can throw a maximum of 75 pitches daily, they are allowed four days of calendar rest before the next game. 

3. 11-12 Years Old

This belongs to the Major League division in the Little League. They are allowed to throw a maximum of 85 pitches per day.

The rest days threshold is set as same as the other age groups till 14 years. The highest amount of rest days they can have is four.

4. 13-16 Years Old

The players of 13-16 years can have a maximum limit of 95 pitches per day. They have the highest amount of pitch count among the Under 18 age groups. 

A little league pitching during the game on April 2, 2023.
Source : instagram

Till 14 years and under, pitchers have the same amount of pitch count and rest days, but it changes when the pitcher surpasses the 14-year-old mark. 

The pitchers above 14 years of age won't have rest days if they throw a minimum of 1-30 pitches in a day.

If the player delivers 30 pitches or more in his first game, the player may not pitch in the second game on the same day if his pitch is not covered by the threshold exceptions.

Related post of Quick Learn