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  LITTLE LEAGUE PITCHING RULES  

Recent rule changes adopted by the Little League International Board of Directors will bring pitching rules for tournament baseball in line with the regular season rules.  The changes were made after many district administrators and local Little League volunteers had requested the pitching rules become more consistent.
 

2011 Little League Pitch Count Limit Quick Chart

League Age # # # # # Max
7-8 1-20 21-35 36-50     50
9 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66-75 75
10 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66-75 75
11 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66-85 85
12 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66-85 85
Required Days Rest 0 1 2 3 4 Max*

* When Max is reached, the pitcher may finish the batter to the normal completed result (walk, out, HPB, ball in play, etc.)

Effective for the 2010 Spring season, pitchers of 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 day of rest must be observed.

  • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

The principle of “calendar days” remains the same as in previous years.  A calendar day is one full day as it is seen on a calendar.   A calendar day begins at midnight and ends at midnight the following evening. 

Example: If a pitcher in the Little League Major Division throws 70 pitches in a game on Friday night, that pitcher cannot pitch again until WEDNESDAY, when he/she has had four (4) calendar days of rest (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday).  It makes no difference what time of day the pitcher pitched on Friday, as the rest period does not begin until midnight that night.