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Pitch Count, Over Throwing, and Days rest between Pitching

Pitch Count, Over Throwing, and Days rest between Pitching

I've seen these questions asked a bunch throughout the internet: What should my pitch count be? Am I over throwing? Am I throwing too many pitches per game? How many days off between each outting? What are the pitch count rules?

Well, Little League Baseball has been kind enough to provide us with the answer to these questions. They have posted NEW pitching rules on their website for the 2010 season and they are as follows:

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 day of rest must be observed.

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

Pitchers league age 15-18 must adhere to the following rest requirements:

If a player pitches 76 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.

If a player pitches 61 - 75 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.

If a player pitches 46 - 60 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.

If a player pitches 31 -45 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.

If a player pitches 1-30 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

As for my feelings on the pitch count, over throwing, and days between outtings subject: I think every young pitcher is going to be different. While this is a great pitch count guideline (and rule if you're playing Little League), some pitchers will need more rest, while others won't. 

The main thing is to throw only as much and often as you are prepared to. As a pitcher, you have to know your arm (and how prepared you are for the season). If you can handle more pitching with less days rest, then good.

If you get really sore and/or your arm hurts after throwing most of the time, then you should probably take more rest then recommended. If you are a responsible, prepared, and ambitious pitcher don't let this guideline stop you from reaching your full potential. Throw as much and often as you are PREPARED to. Listen to your arm!

Oh, and don't try to break the rules if you are playing Little League Baseball. You can get extra throwing done at practice between your game outtings. They have set up a great rule (and for others playing else where, it can be used as a great guideline). Just educate yourself, listen to your arm, make sure you are prepared, and take care of your arm! Good Luck!

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