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Pitching Rules

 

Any player on a regular season team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.) 

Exception: Any player who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.

A pitcher once removed from the game cannot return as a pitcher.

A player who played the position of catcher for three (3) innings or less, moves to the pitcher position, and delivers 21 pitches or more in the same day, may not return to the catcher position on that calendar day. 

Exception: If the pitcher reaches the 20-pitch limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch, and maintain their eligibility to return to the catcher position, until any one of the following conditions occur: (1) that batter reaches base; (2) that batter is retired; or (3) the third out is made to complete the half-inning or the game.

The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:

League Age:

National League       – 75 pitches per day

American League     – 65 pitches per day

Prep League             – 45 pitches per day

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is put out; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. 

NOTE: If a pitcher reaches 40 pitches while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch, and maintain their eligibility to play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day, until any one of the following conditions occurs: (1) that batter reaches base; (2) that batter is retired; or (3) the third out is made to complete the half-inning or the game. If a player delivers 41 or more pitches, and is not covered under the threshold exception, the player may not play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:

·      If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.

·      If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.

·      If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.

·      If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.

·      If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

 

 


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