Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pitch count for switch pitchers

The pitch count in Little League is the same for each pitcher. The pitch count doesn't change if you can throw with both arms.

As an ambidextrous pitcher, you don't get double the pitches per game as some people assume.

Many youth pitchers actually experience leg or glove-side fatigue before they reach their pitch limit.

They try to make throwing adjustments to get the ball over the plate - often causing arm strain. If your legs are tired or you're pitching slower, then it's time to take a break. Let someone else get a chance to pitch.


Note in the news article below that a parent of a 12-year-old switch pitcher thinks that her son can throw 150 pitches in a game. Yikes!


Ambidextrous pitcher keeps batters guessing
By Justin Hotop | Perryville News

Phillip’s baseball team is low on kids who can pitch for the year, so the team gets a boost in the fact that he can pitch with both arms.
“The team really needed more pitchers this year,” she said. 
“Pitchers are only allowed 75 pitches per game but he is able to throw 150 with both hands
“It has really helped the team out when they need someone to come in and pitch a few innings. 


Regular Season Pitching Rules - Baseball - Little League Online


The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position: 

League Age
17-18 105 pitches per day
13 -16 95 pitches per day 
11 -12 85 pitches per day 
9-10 75 pitches per day
 7-8 50 pitches per day

All pitches, whether delivered from the right-hand or left-hand count against the total pitch-count limit.

Little League Rule for Ambidextrous Pitchers
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