Understanding Pitch Count Rules

Tracking Pitch Count’s During Games:

  • All players who pitch must be recorded on the umpires official game card
  • Player team, name, # and AGE (age on that exact day) will be recorded by the umpire
  • # of Pitches will be recorded by the umpire
  • There are 3, dual pitch counters that will be on each field. One for each team and one for the umpire. At the end of each inning, or end of each pitcher, the coaches should confirm with the umpire and agree on the correct pitch count.
  • At the end of the game, coaches and umpires much sign the game card. PLEASE double check your players information and pitch count numbers. This information becomes the official count of record and will be used to determine pitching eligibility.

If you have questions about Pitch Counts at any time, please contact a board member.

Pitch counts rules are new this year. These rules are in place for player safety. They are based on MLB Pitch Smart:

A series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.

MLB Pitch Smart

Exact rules for Bel Passi Pitch Count can be found in our rule book: 2018 Rule Book

Use the below graphic to easily understand pitch count. First, determine the players AGE. This is important as it is the EXACT AGE of the Player.  NOT the league age.

Example: Mikey’s birthday is August 11th. He will be 13 in August 11th. He is in the 13/14 age group, but for the season he is going to still be 12. He will have to follow the rules for a 12 year old. His daily maximum is 85 pitches. Even though Mikey has team mates who are 13 and 14, that can pitch 95 pitches a day, Mikey can only pitch 85.

There are several ways to get a pitching violation.

1) over pitching a player based on age
2) not providing the pitcher the required days of rest based on pitches thrown
3) not pitching a 9 or 11 year old

Days of rest is based on the number of pitches thrown in a game/day (if multiple games). Day’s of rest is also based on CALENDAR days.

Example: Richie is 9, he pitches 40 pitches in his game on MONDAY. He is therefore required to rest for 2 days. He has a game on WEDNESDAY. He MAY NOT pitch on Wednesday as that is only ONE day of rest.  Richie can pitch again on THURSDAY. If Richie’s coach has him pitch on Wednesday that is a pitching violation.

Over-pitching is when a player pitches more than is allowed for his age group – it does not count finishing a batter against him but those pitches do count towards the total number of pitches thrown.

Example: Matty is 9. He pitched 82 pitches in his game. He started the last batter after 75 pitches, he is in violation for going over the maximum allowed in one day.

Example: David is 8. But David plays in the 9/10 age group because he will be 9 before 8/31. David MUST follow the 8 year old pitching rules. David pitches 65 pitches in his 9/10 game. David is in violation because he went over his daily maximum for his actual age.