In any Little League Baseball game, the eligibility of a player to pitch is determined by a tiered pitch count which is directly related to the number of pitches thrown in a game. This pitch count also determines the number of days a player needs to rest before he or she can pitch again in a Little League game.
Little League Baseball Pitch Count Rules
- The two main parts to the rule:
- Pitch count limit per game
- Pitcher rest requirements as determined by number of pitches.
- The manager must remove a pitcher when the pitcher reaches the pitch count for his/her age group
Pitch Count Limit Per Game:
Pitches per 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.
Under no circumstances shall a player pitch in three (3) consecutive days.
Returning to the Mound
1. A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher. (Regulation VI(b)
2. A player may not pitch in a more than one game in a day. Rule 3.03(c))
3. Pitches delivered in games declared “Regulation Tie Games” or “Suspended Games” shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.
4. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.
- Regulation VI (a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch.
- 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.
- EXCEPTION: If a player delivers 41 or more pitches during the game, then the player is not allowed to play the position of Catcher for the rest of the day.
- EXCEPTION: If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs:
- That batter reaches base
- That batter is retired
- The third out is made to complete the half-inning.
- The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter. Counting the days-of-rest will begin with the day following the game day. Note 1: A pitcher who delivers forty one (41) or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
- The Official Scorekeeper’s pitch count is the official count and is final. It doesn’t matter if the managers, coaches, or parents or anyone else's count is different than the Official Scorekeeper.
Here is Little League Internationals breakdown of the regular season pitching rules for baseball
as outlined in the Little League Rules and Regulation Section VI - Pitchers.