Pitch Count Information
Updated Tuesday March 21, 2017 by Melissa McElroy.
As a reminder, shown below are the new tournament pitching regulations approved by the Babe Ruth League International Board of Directors that went into effect beginning with the 2017 season.
BABE RUTH LEAGUE TOURNAMENT PITCHING REGULATIONS
Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball, and Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball
These pitch count limitations will apply to all tournament games played in District, Area, State, Regional and World Series competition. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.)
There are no limitations on the number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a tournament (bracket or pool play) game subject to the following pitch count limitations:
TOURNAMENT PITCHING REST REQUIREMENTS
(PITCHES IN GAME/DAY)
If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, he may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
- Intentional Walk Rule – An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having its catcher or coach request the umpire to award the batter first base. This may be done before pitching to the batter or on any ball and strike count. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award.
- All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements before pitching in another tournament game.
- All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition. (District, State, Area, Regional, and World Series)
- If a game is forfeited before it becomes a regulation game, include no records. Report only the fact of the forfeit. This means the pitching eligibility in the Cal Ripken, 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball Divisions would be the same as it was prior to the forfeited game. The pitching eligibility for the next game would be the same as it was prior to the forfeited game.
- In a game suspended by darkness, weather, or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitcher of record at the time the game was halted may continue to the extent of his/her eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.
Example 1: A league age 12-year-old pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Wednesday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required days of rest.
Example 2: A league age 12-year-old pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Thursday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required days of rest.
F. Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used, as specified above, shall be declared forfeited.
G. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a preparatory (warm-up) pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Tournament Officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests.
H. The age of the tournament will determine the pitch count regardless of the player's league age.
Example 1: If a league age 15-year-old player swings up and participates on the 16-18 tournament team and pitches, the pitcher will abide by the 16-18 tournament pitching rules.
Example 2: If a league age 12-year-old player swings up and participates on a 13-year-old tournament team and pitches, the pitcher will abide by the 13-15-year-old tournament pitching rule.
Official Pitch Count Record
- The Tournament Director will designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count statistician. The pitch count statistician shall record all pitches as defined in the rule book (Rule 2.00 – A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher), in addition to any pitches delivered to the batter ruled a “no pitch” by the umpire.
- The pitch count statistician must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager has the ultimate responsibility for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed to meet the mandated rest requirements.
- The official pitch count statistician should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted above. The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count statistician to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.
- To assist in tracking of the pitch count, download and print a “Pitch Count Sheet” at www.BabeRuthLeague.org under the Rules, Regulations and Policies section of either the Coaches or Officials selection in the menu. You can choose either the Cal Ripken Baseball or Babe Ruth Baseball Pitching Sheet.