Pitch Count Limits and Catcher Rules

West Seattle Baseball has approved the following pitching plan to develop healthy arms and promote pitching opportunities for a large number of players. Parents and coaches are encouraged to work together to make sure that players are building strength without putting themselves as risk physically.

The tables below list the approved limits for pitchers participating in West Seattle Baseball regular season and postseason play.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PITCHES BY DIVISION

DIVISION JANUARY 1 THRU APRIL 30 MAY 1 THRU POST SEASON
Pinto 35/day 35/day
Mustang 55/day 65/day
Bronco 55/day 65/day
Pony 65/day 85/day
Colt 75/day 95/day
Palomino 85/day 105/day

PONY REST DAYS

NUMBER OF PITCHES DAYS REST PITCH ON PITCH AGAIN ON
0-20 0 Saturday Sunday
21-35 1 Saturday Monday
35-50 2 Saturday Tuesday
51-65 3 Saturday Wednesday
66+ (after May 1) 4 Saturday Thursday

BRONCO REST DAYS

NUMBER OF PITCHES DAYS REST PITCH ON PITCH AGAIN ON
0-20 0 Saturday Sunday
21-35 1 Saturday Monday
36-50 2 Saturday Tuesday
50+ 3 Saturday Wednesday

MUSTANG REST DAYS

NUMBER OF PITCHES DAYS REST PITCH ON PITCH AGAIN ON
0-20 0 Saturday Sunday
21-35 1 Saturday Monday
36-45 2 Saturday Tuesday
46+ 3 Saturday Wednesday

PINTO REST DAYS

NUMBER OF PITCHES DAYS REST PITCH ON PITCH AGAIN ON
0-15 1 Saturday Monday
16-25 2 Saturday Tuesday
26+ 3 Saturday Wednesday

 

If a pitcher, in any division, exceeds any threshold during a particular batter and then is pulled from the game, the pitcher may rest the required days for the previous threshold.  (For instance, on Saturday if a Mustang pitcher starts pitching to a batter having thrown 32 pitches and finishes the batter having thrown 37 pitches, he would require 1 day rest and could pitch again on Monday.)

Mustang and Bronco pitchers may pitch in more than one game per day as long as they do not throw more than 20 pitches in the first game.  Pinto cannot exceed 15 in the first game.  The sum of the pitches in both games may not exceed the maximum number of pitches per day.

Players who play in two divisions must abide by the rules in which they last pitched.

The rest period is calculated as calendar days, not 24 hour periods. This rest period begins midnight of the day on which the player last pitched, and concludes at midnight following the required number of calendar days. So, if a player pitches on Monday and requires two days of rest, he or she cannot pitch again until Thursday.

Catcher & Pitcher Restrictions

PONY

A pitcher that throws more than 40 pitches in a game may not then play the catcher position in that game (Threshold Rule Applies).  A player that plays the catcher position more than three innings in a game may not then pitch in that day.  A player that plays catcher and then enters the game as pitcher, may not catch again in that game.

BRONCO

A pitcher that throws more than 40 pitches in a game may not then play the catcher position in that game (Threshold Rule Applies).  A player that plays the catcher position more than three innings in a game may not then pitch in that day.  A player that plays catcher and then enters the game as pitcher, may not catch again in that game.

MUSTANG

A pitcher that throws more than 35 pitches in a game may not then play the catcher position in that game (Threshold Rule Applies).  A player that plays the catcher position more than two innings in a game may not then pitch in that day.  A player that plays catcher and then enters the game as pitcher, may not catch again in that game.