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.
Some of the notable information regarding the rules are:
- Any player is qualified to pitch in a game except the player who has played as a catcher in four innings or more.
- For 15-16 years of age, the pitcher delivering 21 pitches or more may not return on the same calendar day as a catcher.
- Each team should assign one person as the official pitching counter recorder.
- The team manager provides the final pitching counts with the final score to the officials and Umpire in Chief.
- The manager is responsible for analyzing his pitcher's count and the time the pitcher must be out of the game.
- 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.
In the league, pitchers under the age of 14 have to follow the rest of the requirements;
- 0-20 pitches, zero days of rest
- 21-35 pitches, 1 day of rest
- 36-50 pitches, 2 days of rest
- 51-65 pitches, 3 days rest
- 66 or more pitches, 4 days rest
Similarly, the pitchers of the 15-16 age group have to follow the following requirements;
- 0-30 pitches, No rest days
- 31-45 pitches, 1 day of rest
- 46-60 pitches, 2 days of rest
- 61-75 pitches, 3 days of rest
- 76 or more pitches, 4 days of rest