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Pitch Count Rules

For the players, pitching against their friends, neighbors and schoolmates is a thrill. Pitch limits and proper rest, however, are critical to ensuring healthy arms and shoulders. As such, Berwyn Paoli Area Little League adheres strictly to the pitching standards established by Little League International. We also recommend that children who enjoy pitching take a minimum of four months rest (from heavy pitching training or competitive play) during the winter off-season. 


Pitch Count Guidelines (Minors, Majors, Intermediate, Juniors, Seniors)

Berwyn Paoli Area Little League adheres to the pitch count guidelines as set forth in the chart below for all seasons, including post-season play.

 Age Pitches 0 Days 1 Day  2 Days 3 Days  4 Days
 7-8 50 1-20 21-35 36-50 N/A N/A
 9-10 75 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66+
 11-12 85 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66+
 13-14 95 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66+
 15-16 95 1-30 31-45 46-60 61-75 76+
 17-18 105 1-30 31-45 46-60 61-75 76+


Nine year-old Webber Thorogood throws 32 pitches on Friday night. Although Webber’s team has games on the next two days—Saturday and Sunday—Webber will only be able to resume pitching on Sunday. He will not be able to pitch on Saturday because rules state that, having thrown 32 pitches on Friday, he is required to have at least one day of rest before pitching again (on Sunday).

General Pitching Rules

  1. Pitching on consecutive days is permitted per the above chart. However, a pitcher is prohibited from having pitching appearances on three consecutive days.
  2. For Minors and Majors, once a pitcher is removed from the mound, he may not return to the game as a pitcher. For Intermediate 50/70 Division and above, a pitcher is allowed to return to the mound. 
  3. Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used shall be declared forfeited. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after the pitcher is announced or after a warm-up pitch is delivered but before that pitcher has pitched a ball to a batter shall not be considered a violation. This rule applies to both regular season as well as post season play. 
  4. A coach/manager determined to be in violation of these pitch count rules will be required to appear before BPALL leadership. Additionally, the coach/manager will receive a written warning outlining the offense. A second violation will result in a one-week suspension. A third violation will result in complete revocation of coach/manager duties.
  5. All game pitches will be counted towards pitch count, including suspended games and those officially declared as “no game” (includes all weather related, rain, or lightning delays and any games suspended for any reason).

Berwyn Paoli Area Little League adheres to the following Softball pitch count guidelines:

(a) Any player on the team roster may pitch. EXCEPTION: A player who has attained a league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League.

(b) Minors/Little League (Majors): A player may pitch in a maximum of twelve (12) innings in a day. If a player pitches in seven (7) or more innings in a day, one calendar day of rest is mandatory. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning.

(c) Junior/Senior League have no pitching restrictions.


Ten year-old Sophia Witherstone pitches seven innings on Sunday afternoon. She will next be available to pitch again on Tuesday.

General Pitching Rules

  1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
  2. Innings pitched in games declared “Regulation Tie Games” or “Suspended Games” shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility. NOTE 1: In suspended games resumed on a subsequent day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their remaining eligibility for that day.
  3. Minors/Little League (Majors): If doubleheaders are played, the limitation of twelve (12) innings in a calendar day would apply to each pitcher. A pitcher who pitches in the first game may pitch in the second game provided that pitcher has eligibility remaining.
  4. There is no limit to the number of pitchers of a particular league age group on a team that can be used. EXCEPTION: A player who has attained a league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League.


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