New pitch-count rules have changed Series strategy
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Standing on the sloping hill that lies just beyond the outfield fence at Lamade Stadium at the Little League World Series the other day, the man looked at the Lake Oswego, Ore., team on the field, glanced at his own inning-by-inning calculation and said, "He's got to go to his 20-pitch guy."Exactly so -- and get used to the phrase. You'll be hearing it all week.
Pitch Count Rules
After the 2006 season, Little League Baseball put in pitch counts for all its divisions. For 17- and 18-year olds, it's 105 pitches. For players aged 13-16, it's 95 pitches. For 11-12, it's 85 pitches and for 10-and-under, it's 75 pitches.
• If a player pitches 61 or more pitches in a day, three calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 41-60 pitches in a day, two calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 21-40 pitches in a day, one calendar day of rest must beobserved.
• If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no calendar day of rest is required before pitching again.