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SPRING TRAINING LEAGUE 

Pitching Rules

As with last year, we will run with a modified version of the PitchSmart guidelines for Spring Training League. For the first week, we will limit players to 50% of the Guidelines and will only allow kids to pitch in one game that week, regardless of pitch count. Accordingly, if a kid pitches in a game on Saturday and only throws 9 pitches, he will not be eligible to pitch on Sunday. Also, no player is allowed to pitch and play catcher on the same day in any week of the Spring Training League Season. Furthermore, a day of rest is a FULL DAY of rest from pitching, so if the rules state that a player requires 3 days rest after pitching on a Saturday, that player would not be eligible to pitch again until Wednesday (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday being three full days rest). Each week, the maximum number of pitches per player will be increased/modified, as follows: 

  • Week 1 (March 19-20) - Approximately 50% of PitchSmart Guidelines, no player may pitch in consecutive games or on consecutive days, regardless of pitch count on first game or first day. For 9U/10U, each player will be limited to 35 pitches, for 11U/12U, each player will be limited to 40 pitches. 

  • Week 2 (March 26-27) - Approximately 50% of Guidelines,no player may pitch in consecutive games or on consecutive days, regardless of pitch count on first game or first day.For 9U/10U, each player will be limited to 35 pitches, for 11U/12U, each player will be limited to 40 pitches. However, coaches will need to keep in mind that pitch count from Week 2 will determine whether and when a player is eligible to pitch in Week 3.  

Week 2

50%






Age

Daily Max

Required Rest - prior to Week 3 appearance




1 day

2 days

3 days

4 days

9U/10U

35


1-15

16-25

26-30

31-35

11U/12U

40


1-15

16-25

26-30

31-40

13U/14U

45


1-15

16-25

26-30

31-45

 
In other words, if a 9U/10U pitcher throws 32 pitches in a game on Saturday, they would not be able to pitch again until Thursday (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday being 4 days rest). As such, it would be advised that coaches not pitch any player more than 30 pitches during Week 2 if they plan to have that player pitch in Week 3. If their team’s Week 3 game is on Tuesday, they would only be eligible to pitch if they threw 25 pitches (or less) on Saturday. 

  • Week 3 (March 29-30) - Approximately 60% of Guidelines. Teams will only have one game this week, so same day consecutive game pitching rules should not apply. Because teams will not play again until the following week (unless we schedule makeup games during this week), the daily max pitch count should be the only limitation that applies. However, if we schedule makeup games during this week, the following pitch count limitations will apply. 

Age

Daily Max

Required Rest



0 days

1 day

2 days

3 days

4 days

9U/10U

40

1-10

11-20

21-30

31-40

NA

11U/12U

50

1-10

11-20

21-30

31-45

46-50

13U/14U

55

1-10

11-20

21-30

31-45

46-55


Coaches will need to keep in mind that these rules carry forward to each subsequent week.As such, the required rest from Week 3 will determine if/when a player is eligible to pitch in Week 4. 

  • Week 4 (April 4-7) - Approximately 70% of Guidelines. Teams should only have one game this week, so same day consecutive game pitching rules should not apply. Because teams will not play again until the following week (unless we schedule makeup games during this week), the daily max pitch count should be the only limitation that applies. However, if we schedule makeup games during this week, the following pitch count limitations will apply. 

Week 4

70%






Age

Daily Max

Required Rest



0 days

1 day

2 days

3 days

4 days

9U/10U

50

1-15

16-25

26-35

36-45

46-50

11U/12U

60

1-15

16-25

26-35

36-45

46-60

13U/14U

65

1-15

16-25

26-35

36-45

46-65

  • Week 5 (April 11-16) - Approximately 80% of Guidelines, players may pitch in consecutive games and on consecutive days, provided that the player did not throw more than 15 pitches in the previous game or on the previous day. Teams will have 3 games this week, so they need to manage pitching effectively. Games will be scheduled Tuesday through Saturday. Coaches also need to pay attention to the fact that Week 6 games will be played during the following week and pitch counts from Week 5 determine when a player is eligible to pitch in Week 6. 

Week 5

80%






Age

Daily Max

Required Rest



0 days

1 day

2 days

3 days

4 days

9U/10U

60

1-15

16-30

31-40

41-50

51-60

11U/12U

65

1-15

16-30

31-40

41-50

51-65

13U/14U

75

1-15

16-30

31-40

41-50

51-75

  • Week 6 (April 18-21) - Approximately 90% of Guidelines. Teams should only have one game this week, so same day consecutive game pitching rules should not apply. Because teams will not play again until the following week (unless we schedule makeup games during this week), the daily max pitch count should be the only limitation that applies. However, if we schedule makeup games during this week, the following pitch count limitations will apply. 

Week 6

90%






Age

Daily Max

Required Rest



0 days

1 day

2 days

3 days

4 days

9U/10U

65

1-15

16-30

31-45

46-60

60-65

11U/12U

75

1-15

16-30

31-45

46-60

60-75

13U/14U

85

1-15

16-30

31-45

46-60

60-85

  • Week 7 (April 25-28 and beyond, if applicable due to rescheduled games) - Normal Guidelines. Teams will have two games this week and the following pitch count limitations will apply. 

Week 7

100%






Age

Daily Max

Required Rest



0 days

1 day

2 days

3 days

4 days

9U/10U

75

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66-75

11U/12U

85

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66-85

13U/14U

95

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66-95

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