Pitch Count Regulations

Cal Ripken Baseball Pitch Count Limits and Rest Requirements

Updated Sunday April 7, 2019 by MYBS.

                                                       MYB Pitch Count Guidelines
In our continued commitment to the protection and safety of all MYB players Meridian Youth Baseball is instituting a Pitch Count Rule for Cal Ripken Divisions Prep Minor, A / AA / AAA Minors & Majors and Babe Ruth. The guidelines for this new rule are as follows:

TOURNAMENT PITCHING REST REQUIREMENTS 

 

AGE

 

DAILY MAX (PITCHES IN GAME/DAY)

 
REST PERIOD

0 Days

1 Day

2 Days

7-8

50

1-20

21-35

36+

9-10

75

1-40

41-65

66+

11-12

85

1-40

41-65

66+

13-15

95

1-45

46-75

76+

16-18

95

1-45

46-75

  • 76+

 

  • Each manger must designate a scorekeeper or coach to track pitch counts for their team. Home team will be responsible to provide an “Official Pitch Count Recorder or OPCR” The OPCR will keep track of pitch counts for both teams.
  • The OPCR must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher from either team when requested by a manager or any umpire. The OPCR will be the official pitch count for the game and must notify the Home Plate Umpire when a pitcher has reached his/her daily maximum pitch limit. The Home Plate Umpire will then notify the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed. This only covers pitchers who reach the daily maximum pitch count. It is the manager’s responsibility to know and track a pitcher’s throws if he/she wishes to monitor the “days of rest requirements” for players who pitch less than the daily maximum.
  • Failure of the Official Pitch Count Recorder to notify the Home Plate Umpire, and/or the failure of the Home Plate Umpire to notify the manager does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove the pitcher when the daily maximum limit is reached.
  • Managers are responsible to keep a log for all pitchers and pitches thrown for every game for his or her team
    • Mangers will meet before each game with the umpires and supply a list of players that are not eligible to pitch in that game.
    • Managers will meet after the hand shake and sign each other’s pitching log. Failure to have the pitch log signed by the opposing manager will make that player ineligible to pitch for the rest of that calendar week.
    • The log is to be kept on hand for all games and practices so that the league director or MYB board member may review at any time. The manager will make his/her pitch log available to the opposing coach upon request.
    • Any manager who doesn’t follow the pitch count restrictions by resting a player the required amount of days or alters the logs in order to reduce the rest time will be subject to removal as manager. Not following the rules above will result in a violation of the rule… see below
  • Violation of this rule may result in:
    • The team in violation forfeiting the game in which the violation occurs.
    • Head coach receiving a one game probation
    • 2nd offense Head Coach will be removed from coaching the team

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the daily maximum limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occur:

  1. ‚ÄčThat batter reaches base or is put out.
  • What constitutes a pitch that needs to be counted?
    • Any pitch thrown once the batter is in the box and the umpire instructs to “play ball”
      • Warm up pitches between innings DO NOT count.
      • Any pitch that is delivered to the plate that is a ball, strike, HBP, baulk or is fair or foul is a counted pitch.