No pitcher wants to be delegated to the dugout when the game is on the line. But when it comes to the pitch count, it is for the best. With youth players’ bodies still developing, an overuse on the mound can lead to minor soreness and even elbow and shoulder injuries.
A pitch count is the number of pitches thrown by a player during a game/day. By keeping track of how many pitches a player throws, avoiding overuse of the arm is possible.
Leagues have varying rules on pitch counts. Depending on the numbers of pitches thrown, a player may need to sit out one, three or even five days until their next time on the mound.
Little League and OBA differ in regards to pitch counts. Below are links to each Association's pitch count tracker with pitcher number rules.
New in 2020, Baseball Ontario has introduced new pitching rules to better protect players. Pitchers shall be limited to the number of pitches thrown in a single DAY as outlined below.
Pitchers are required to rest in accordance with the chart below as determined by the total number of pitches thrown on any one calendar day.
|10/11U Mosquito||12/13U Peewee||14/15U Bantam||16U/18U Midget||Rest Required|