Tournament Pitch Count Information

Details about pitch counts and pitcher eligibility

Updated Sunday May 20, 2018 by Rod Stimpson.

4. Tournament Pitching Rules – These pitch count limitations will apply to all tournament games played in District, Area, State, Regional and World Series competition. For the local league season, leagues are still permitted to use pitching limitations as defined in Rule 0.06 and under Local League Options – Pitch Count.

There are no limitations on the number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a tournament (bracket or pool play) game subject to the following pitch count limitations:

Tournament Pitchng Rest Requirements:

AGE          DAILY MAX (PITCHES IN DAY)              Rest Period

                                                                             >   0 Days   1 Days   2 Days

9-10                          75                                             1-40       41-65       66+

11-12                        85                                             1-40       41-65       66+

13-15                        95                                             1-45      46-75       76+

16-18                       105                                            1-45       46-75      76+

 

a. A League Age 7-8 – No pitcher is allowed to pitch in more than two innings per game, with a pitcher not being permitted to pitch in more than three (3) consecutive days/games (including double headers if applicable). If a pitcher pitches in 3 consecutive days/games (6 innings max), the pitcher is required a day’s rest. The two innings per game would reset after a day’s rest.

b. A League Age 9-10 – Pitcher shall not deliver more than 75 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.

c. A League Age 11-12 – Pitcher shall not deliver more than 85 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.

d. A League Age 13-15 – Pitcher shall not deliver more than 95 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.

e. A League Age 16-18 – Pitcher shall not deliver more than 105 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.

NOTE: No Pitcher shall appear in a game as a pitcher for three (3) consecutive days/games regardless of pitch count. Exemption 7-8 year divisions.

 

f. Intentional Walk Rule – An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having its catcher or coach request the umpire to award the batter first base. This may be done before pitching to the batter or on any ball and strike count. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award.

g. The pitch count is determined by the age of the tournament regardless of the player’s league age. For example, a 12-year-old swing player participates and pitches on a 13-year-old tournament team. The pitch count that will be used for this situation is the 13-15-year-old tournament pitch count. Same would apply to the 15-year-old swing player that participates on a 16-18-year-old tournament play.

h. All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements. See TOURNAMENT PITCHING RULE CLARIFICATION.

i. In a game suspended by darkness, weather or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitcher at the time the game was halted may continue to the extent of his/her eligibility.

j. Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used, as specified in paragraph 4, shall be declared forfeited. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Tournament Officials are urged to take precautions to prevent forfeits.

k. All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition. (District, State, Area, Regional and World Series)

Official Pitch Count Record

a. The Tournament Director must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count statistician. The pitch count statistician shall record all pitches as defined in the rule book (Rule 2.00 – A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher), in addition to any pitches delivered to the batter ruled a “no pitch” by the umpire.

b. The pitch count statistician must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager has the ultimate responsibility for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed to meet the rest requirements above.

c. The official pitch count statistician should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted above. The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count statistician to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.