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Pitching Count/Rules

The eligibility of a player to pitch in a Little League baseball or softball game is governed by a tiered pitch count that is tied to the number of pitches throw in a game. The pitch count determines how many days of rest are required before said player may pitch again in a Little League game.

Below you will find an abbreviated breakdown of the regular season pitching rules for baseball and softball. To view the full rules as set forth by Little League please click here.

Any player on a regular season team may pitch. A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.

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.  Please note, a pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

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:

Pitch Counts Per League Age:
11-12 = 85 pitches per day
9-10 = 75 pitches per day
7-8 = 50 pitches per day

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in above for his 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.

A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League.  A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day.

Mandatory Days Rest:
Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
1. If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
2. If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
3. If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
4. If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
5. If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

Any player on the team roster may pitch.  A player who has attained a league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League.

Minor and Major Little Leagues: A player may pitch in a maximum of twelve (12) innings in a day. If a player pitches in seven (7) or more innings in a day, one calendar day of rest is mandatory. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning.

A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game but only once in the same inning as he/she was removed. A pitcher, withdrawn from the game offensively or defensively for a substitute, may not re-enter the game as a pitcher.

If doubleheaders are played, the limitation of twelve (12) innings in a calendar day would apply to each pitcher. A pitcher who pitches in the first game may pitch in the second game provided that pitcher has eligibility remaining.

Mandatory Days Rest Example
If a player pitched in seven (7) or more innings on (Column A), that player can pitch again on (Column B):

Column AColumn B

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