Pitch Count Rules


ALL Mosquito, PeeWee, Bantam, Midget & Junior Mens games (including tournament and exhibition) MUST be recorded on the Pitch Count Log.

Head Coaches are required to maintain an up-to-date pitch count form and must produce it to their opposition prior to the game upon request.  At the conclusion of a game, both Head Coaches will review and sign each other’s pitch count form.

Each team is responsible for tracking the pitchers’ pitch counts either through the use of a handheld counter or through their scorebook.  In the event of a dispute, the count maintained by the pitcher’s own team will be considered official (except in a Provincial Championship).  See Rule 24.10.

Per Rule 24.09, Managers will be responsible for tracking the pitch count of their pitchers and may assign this duty to their scorekeeper, assistant coach, etc., however it is ultimately the manager’s responsibility to ensure pitch count is followed.

The following is an excerpt from the 2017 BC Minor Rule Book:

24.01 Number of Pitches and Required Rest

 

Division

Spring Season

Summer Season

 

10U & 11U (Mosquito)

1-25 Pitches = No Rest
26-40 Pitches = 2 Night Rest

41-55 Pitches = 3 Nights Rest

56-65 Pitches = 4 Nights Rest

66-75 Pitches = 5 Nights Rest

75 Pitches Maximum in a Day

Same as spring numbers.

13U (PeeWee)

1-35 pitches = no rest

36-55 pitches = 2 nights rest

56-75 pitches = 3 nights rest

1-45 pitches = no rest

46-70 pitches = 2 nights rest

71-85 pitches = 3 nights rest

15U

(Bantam)

1-35 pitches = no rest

36-65 pitches = 2 nights rest

66-85 pitches = 3 nights rest

1-45 pitches = no rest

46-75 pitches = 2 nights rest

76-95 pitches = 3 nights rest

18U

(Midget)

1-45 pitches = no rest

46-65 pitches = 2 nights rest

66-100 pitches = 3 nights rest

1-50 pitches = no rest

51-75 pitches = 2 nights rest

76-115 pitches = 3 nights rest

(115 for 18U “AAA”)

 

NOTES:

  1. Pitches thrown in warm-up, bullpen, or ruled no pitch by the umpire because time was called prior to the pitch, or thrown when ruled no pitch due to a balk do not count towards pitch count.
  2. Pitch count is recorded after each game. A pitcher who requires rest after the first game of the day cannot pitch in the second game. Example: A 15U (Bantam) AAA pitcher who throws 50 pitches in game one is ineligible to pitch in game two.
  3. If a pitcher has two appearances in the same day his total pitch count for the day is combined for the purpose of rest. Example 1: A 15U (Bantam) AAA pitcher who throws 30 pitches in game one and 40 pitches in game two has thrown 70 pitches for the day and requires 2 nights rest.
  4. The following is a definition of a night’s rest. Example: Pitcher requires three nights rest after throwing a 1PM game on a Sunday. Pitcher rests Sunday night, Monday night, and Tuesday night and can pitch when he wakes up on Wednesday morning.
  5. The total number of pitches thrown by an ambidextrous pitcher are counted for the purpose of calculating pitch count, regardless of which arm or combination there-of is throwing.

 

24.02 Exceeding Limits to Finish Batter

A pitcher is permitted to exceed the maximum limit (for a day) to complete pitching to a batter.

Note #1:  Example #1:  Pitcher starts a hitter at 43 pitches. At the end of the hitter the pitcher has thrown 47 pitches and the pitcher is removed. The pitcher’s pitch count is recorded as 47 and he requires two nights rest. Example 2: Pitcher starts a hitter at 93 pitches. At the end of the hitter the pitcher has thrown 97 pitches. The pitcher must be removed and his pitch count is recorded as 95.

 

24.03 Pitching on Consecutive Days

Pitchers are not permitted to pitch on four (4) consecutive days. A player can only pitch on a third (3rd) consecutive day if ALL the following conditions are met....

  1. Games are during Spring Tournaments, Summer, Single Seasons or Provincials
  2. His/her total pitch count on the 2 previous days does not exceed Spring “no rest” limit during Spring and does not exceed the Single Season or Summer Season “no rest” limit for his/her Division as defined under Rule 24.01.

Example: A 13U pitcher may only pitch on a 3rd day, if his/her combined total for days 1 and 2 does not exceed 35 pitches.

 

24.04 Pitching and Catching on the same day

Pitching and catching on the same day is permitted at all age divisions in league and championship play between B.C.B.A. teams unless a tournament is a Western or National hosted in BC, in which case the current Canadian Baseball Rule applies.

 

24.05 Suspended Games

If a game is suspended the pitchers rest would be determined based on the number of pitches thrown to that point and recorded for that day. If a pitcher is ineligible to pitch at the beginning of a game, that is suspended after the first pitch, the pitcher remains ineligible to pitch in that game when it is completed at a later date.

 

Approved Rulings:

  1. 13U pitcher throws 70 pitches on Thursday. Friday’s game is rained out (prior to the first pitch) and rescheduled for Saturday. Pitcher is now eligible to pitch in Saturday’s makeup game.
  2. 13U pitcher throws 70 pitches on Thursday. Friday’s game is suspended (after the first pitch) and is completed on Saturday. Pitcher is not eligible to pitch in Saturday’s continued game because he was not eligible to pitch when the game began.
  3. 13U pitcher throws 70 pitches on Thursday and the game is suspended and completed on Friday. The pitcher’s 70 pitches are recorded on their Thursday pitch count. Pitcher is not eligible to pitch when the game is continued on Friday because he now requires two night’s rest. If the game was completed on Saturday the pitcher would be eligible to continue to pitch to their maximum pitch count for a day (15 more pitches). The pitches thrown in the completion of Saturday’s game would be recorded on the pitcher’s Saturday pitch count.
  4. 13U pitcher throws 20 pitches in the first game on Saturday. Their second game on Saturday is suspended. When the game is completed the pitcher could only throw a maximum of 65 pitches because based on their morning out 65 pitches is all he could have thrown when the game began. Also, the pitcher must be eligible to pitch when the game is completed based on their previous day’s pitch count.

 

Note:  These examples all use 13U summer numbers but can be applied to any division using the appropriate numbers

 

24.06 Pitcher Removed

A pitcher may not pitch twice in the same game. A pitcher who is removed for a pinch hitter or pinch runner during an offensive inning is considered to have been removed from the game as a pitcher for the purpose of this rule. A coach will be permitted to make a second trip to his/her pitcher during the same batter (if the pitcher’s pitch count is approaching the minimum rest requirement) to make a pitching change.

 

24.07 Rules Always in Effect

B.C.B.A. pitching rules are always in effect for all B.C.B.A. teams at all times regardless of whether or not the event is sanctioned by the B.C.B.A.. B.C.B.A. pitching rules will not be in effect for any team participating in a Western or National Championship where the team will be required to follow only the regulations of that governing body.

 

24.08 Penalty for Violations

A) Maximum Pitch Count Violation

If a pitcher is about to exceed his/her maximum pitch count for the day the opposing manager and/or official scorekeeper and/or tournament director must inform the pitcher’s manager before the violation occurs. If a violation is discovered after it occurs the pitcher is simply removed from the mound and no further penalty will be invoked.

B) Rest Rule Violation

If a pitcher pitches without proper rest as defined in Rule 24.01 the game will be forfeited to the opposing team. Such a violation may be protested by the opposing team up to 48 hours after the game upon the discovery of the violation. At a Provincial Championship, the violation must be protested at the time it occurs.

E) No Eligible Players Available to Pitch

If a team does not have any player available to pitch at any point during a game due to Pitch Count and/or Rest Rile, the game shall be forfeited to the nonoffending team.

 

Approved Ruling:

If the violation is discovered while the ineligible pitcher is pitching, the pitcher will be removed from the mound and his manager ejected and suspended. If the violation is discovered after the ineligible pitcher has finished pitching the manager will be ejected and suspended. Games will never be forfeited at provincial championships due to any pitch count violation because the violation should have been discovered before it occurred.

 

24.09 Enforcement and Tracking

  1. Managers will be responsible for tracking the pitch count of their pitchers and may assign this duty to their scorekeeper, assistant coach, etc., however it is ultimately the manager’s responsibility to ensure pitch count is followed.
  2. Each team is responsible for maintaining a log of pitches thrown by their pitchers on the form provided by BC Baseball. A team may request to view their opposition’s pitch count log prior to a game. A manager failing to maintain an accurate log may be reported to BC Baseball and may face supplemental discipline including the forfeiture of games.
  3. Under no circumstances will umpires be expected to track or enforce pitch count.

 

24.10 Tracking at Provincial Championships

  1. In Provincial Championships the Host Committee shall appoint an adult who is responsible for tracking pitch count.
  2. The Official Pitch Count Tracker must inform a manager if he is about to use an ineligible pitcher under Rule 27.05.
  3. The Official Pitch Count Tracker shall either display a running total of each pitcher’s pitch count (flip chart) and/or make a public announcement of the pitch count at the end of each inning. A coach may request the current pitch count during an inning if it does not unreasonably delay the game.
  4. Prior to each game both Managers shall meet with the Official Pitch Count Tracker to determine which pitchers are ineligible to pitch in the game and which pitchers have pitching restrictions (ie. They may be pitched earlier in the day and can throw less than the daily maximum).
  5. The Host Committee should maintain one “Official Copy” of the pitch count logs that should be signed by each Manager after the game. The Host Committee is encouraged to display and maintain a second copy of the pitch count logs for public view where the tournament results are posted.

 Note:  Associations are encouraged to adopt this procedure for local tournaments.

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