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Pitch Counting

The job of the Pitch Counter is to record the number of pitches for each pitcher during a game.

Little League has pitch count rules to protect young arms from injury. Through multiple research studies, it's been shown that overuse is the largest cause of arm-related baseball injuries. Little League enforces a pitch count with varying thresholds and days rest based on the age of the pitcher to make sure young arms stay healthy.

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

SVLL pitch count limits and days of rest are: 

League AgePitch Limit per day
Age 7-850 pitches
Age 9-1075 pitches
Age 11-1285 pitches

PitchesDays of rest
1-20 pitches0 days
21-35 pitches1 day
36-50 pitches
2 days
51-65 pitches3 days
66+ pitches4 days

No pitching is allowed on a calendar day of rest. 

The FINAL pitch count for each pitcher is ALWAYS THE FIRST PITCH TO THEIR LAST BATTER.

A pitcher is allowed to exceed the official pitch limit as long as their first pitch to their last batter is under or equal to their pitch count limit.

For example, a 9-year-old pitcher's limit is 75 pitches. He is allowed to begin pitching to a new batter if he has already thrown 74 pitches before the new batter steps into the box. Even if the pitcher ends up with 78 total pitches, the official pitch count would be 75, because that's the first pitch he threw to the last batter.

However, if he has already thrown 75 pitches before the new batter comes into the box, he cannot pitch to that new batter because his official pitch count would be 76 (the first pitch to the last batter). 

Pitch Count Duties

What counts as a pitch? 

  • Do not count warm up pitches.
  • Only count "official pitches." If the umpire advises "no pitch" then that pitch does not count. 
  • If a batter is intentionally walked, then count that as 4 pitches for that pitcher.
  • Check with the scorekeeper throughout the game to ensure your pitch totals are matching.

Before the game

1.) Make sure you have a Pitch Count Log and a pencil. You can find these in the score booth above the Snack Shack. 

2.) Ask each team's Manager to give you their Pitch Count Data Sheet. The Pitch Count Data Sheet is each team's record of what date a player is eligible to pitch (based on their required days of rest).  

3.) Check the lineup card to see who the Manager plans to have pitch in the game, and look on the Pitch Count Data Sheets to ensure each pitcher is OK to pitch that day. 

During the game

1.) As each pitcher takes the mound, make sure their name, jersey number and league age are recorded on the Pitch Count Log. Be aware of the pitch limit for each pitcher based on their age. (If, during the game, you don't know who the pitcher is or what their age is, then have the plate umpire obtain the information you need from the Manager. If there is an issue, notify the plate umpire.)

2.) For each pitch, make a hash mark on the Pitch Count Log. 

3.) Switch the direction of your hash marks for each batter. This is important so that you can calculate the final pitch count.  ////// \\\\\\ ////// \\\\\\

4.) Notify the umpire when a pitcher will exceed their pitch count on the next pitch.

5.) To calculate the final pitch count for each pitcher, ALWAYS USE THE FIRST PITCH TO THE LAST BATTER AS YOUR FINAL PITCH COUNT. Circle this number on the pitch count log. 

After the game

1.) Double check your numbers with the scorekeeper.

2.) Use the final pitch count that you circled on your pitch count log to calculate the days rest needed and to determine the next eligible day to pitch. No pitching in a game is allowed on a "calendar day of rest." For example, when 3 calendar days of rest are required, the player may not pitch in a game until the fourth calendar day. That fourth day is the date you would record. 

3.) Record the final pitch count on the manager's Pitch Count Data Sheet. Initial the sheet, then meet with the Managers to have them initial the pitch count. Leave the data sheet form with the Manager. Note: If the Manager is not in agreement with the pitch count it is not up for argument. You can, however, review the number with the scorekeeper and double-check your Pitch Count Log.

4.) File your Pitch Count Log in the appropriate binder in the score booth above the Snack Shack. 


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Scotts Valley, California 95067

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