Pitching Rules - Baseball
(a) 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.)
(b) A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.
(c) The manager must remove the pitcher when s\he reaches the limit for his\her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:.
League Age Per Game Pitch Limits and Daily Rest Rules:
11 -12 = 75 pitches per day (85 pitches per day for Spring 2021 AAA Season only, does not apply to Majors)
9-10 = 65 pitches per day (75 pitches per day for Spring 2021 AAA Season only)
8 = 50 pitches per day
Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation VI (c) 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.
(d) 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.
Important: 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 or the game is completed before delivering a pitch to another batter.
NOTE: Under no circumstance shall a player pitch in (3) consecutive days.
(e) Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder.
(f) The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire.
However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.
(g) The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c).
The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the failure by the pitch count recorder 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.
(h) Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19. The manager and\or coaches may also be subject to sanctions by the Board of Directors.
(j) A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League. (See Regulation V – Selection of Players)
(k) A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day. (Exception: In the Big League Division, a player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day.)
Rules for Pitching and Catching same game: If a player reaches 40 pitches while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch, and mantain their eligibility to play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day, 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 of that game. The pitcher would be allowed to play the catcher position provided that pitcher is moved, removed, or the game is completed before delivering a pitch to another batter. 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. A player who catches four innings cannot pitch in that game (catching one pitch in the 4th inning counts as catching the 4th inning). A player who catches any number of innings, and then pitches 21 or more pitches cannot return to catch again in that game.
FCLL additional weekly pitching limits per week (passed 3/2/17 by BoD):
As noted above, weekly pitch count totals are hard limites and calculated from total pitches pitched in a week (Monday - Sunday). Once the pitcher reaches this limit, the pitcher must be removed, even if in the middle of an at-bat.
The maximum number of pitches that an 11 or 12-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 105.
The maximum number of pitches that a 9 or 10-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 95.
The maximum number of pitches that an 8-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 80.
Note: The use of this regulation negates the concept of the "calendar week" with regard to pitching eligibility.
A pitcher starts a new batter and has thrown 45 pitches up to that point during that game. During this at-bat, the pitcher throws 6 pitches and strikes the batter out. While the total number of pitches thrown is 51, the threshold reached is considered 45 pitches (the start of the at-bat) and if the pitcher is removed prior to starting a new batter, (2) calendar days of rest must be observed for this pitcher. A single pitch thrown to a new batter would place this pitcher at/above 51 requiring (3) calendar days of rest. For weekly pitch count (Monday-Saturday) and daily limits, the total pitch count is always used, in this case 51 pitches.
A League Age 10 pitcher starts a new batter and has thrown 61 pitches that day. During this at-bat, the pitcher throws 5 pitches and the batter reaches base. The pitcher has thrown 66 total pitches which exceeds the 65 pitch limit for LA 9-10. This is allowed under Regulation VI (c). Also, since the pitcher started the batter below the 66 pitch threshold, (3) days calendar rest will be observed for this pitcher. For weekly pitch count totals, the total pitches thrown (66) should be used. This pitcher must be now removed and is no longer eligible to pitch that day.
A League Age 10 pitcher starts a new batter having thrown 32 pitches that day. A new batter comes up and the manager decides to intentionally walk that batter and alerts the home plate umpire and the batter takes 1st (no pitches were thrown for the intenional walk). A new batter comes up and the pitcher throws 3 stikes and strikes that batter out and the pitcher is removed. The pitch count for that pitcher is 32 + 4 (intentional walk) + 3 = 39 pitches. With the intentional walk, the pitcher started his last batter at 36 pitches and thus must now observe (2) calendar days of rest (an intentional walk counts as 4 pitches even if no pitches are thrown). Total pitch count for that day is 39 pitches to be used for weekly pitch count totals.
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required days of rest.
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 35 more pitches in the resumption of the game. While he/she has observed the required 4 days of rest (and can pitch), the weekly limit (Monday - Sunday) restricts this pitcher to 105 pitches total for the week, so 35 pitches can be pitched on Saturday. This is a hard limit and the pitcher must be removed at exactly 105 pitches, even in the middle of an at-bat.
Example 6: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 75 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible based on his/her pitching record during the previous four days.
1. 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. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
2. Pitches delivered in games declared "Regulation Tie Games" or "Suspended Games" shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.
3. 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.