Pitch Count vs. Innings Pitched

Most youth baseball leagues have rules governing how frequently a player can pitch , often something like “6 innings per calendar week” . Considering that no 1 inning is the same … ie., a 3 pitch inning vs. a 30 pitch inning … are there any programs out there that abide by pitch count & recovery times (days) as documented by any of the national sports medicine organizations ? Do any of you coaches manage your rotation based on pitch count / recovery times ?

USA Baseball has a PDF article on pitches thrown and rest recommendations (www.usabaseball.com).

In the Chicago Cubs organization, coaches from Triple-A to Low-A followed a uniform Pitch Count-To-Rest Rule.

If a pitcher threw more than 30 pitches in an outing, he automatically couldn’t pitch the next day. If a pitcher pitched more than 45 pitches, it was a mandatory two days off. 60 pitches was a mandatory three days off.

Remember, there are 142 games in a minor league season – we played games 28 out of 30 days a month – so these guidelines certainly wouldn’t apply to a youth league situation where there are lots of days off in between games. But I though you’d find it intereting – even in professional baseball, rules are followed about pitches throw and rest in between.

Steven,
My son’s coach has us use “6” as a multiplier to the pitchers age for our pitch count. So far it’s worked out excellent…

Thanks for the great sight to help educate all of us in pitching.

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