SWVA Pitching Rules

PITCHING RULES AND LIMITATIONS

1. Limitations of pitching are based upon recorded outs while the pitcher is on the mound.

    a) In all age groups that are scheduled for six innings, a pitcher cannot pitch more than 18 outs in any given day or 27 outs in a two day event.

    b) In all age groups 14U and younger that are scheduled for seven innings, a pitcher cannot pitch more than 21 outs in any given day or 30 outs in a two day event.

    c) For six-inning games, a pitcher cannot pitch more than 27 outs in three consecutive days, regardless of game guarantee.

   d) For seven-inning 14U and younger games, a pitcher cannot pitch more than 30 outs in three consecutive days, regardless of game guarantee.

   e) Any pitcher in the 14U or younger divisions that has pitched three days in a row must rest the 4 th day regardless of outs recorded.

   f) In the 15U-18U high school divisions, there are no pitching limitations.

   g) Pitching limitations stop for the day when the park is shut down for the night and the teams leave.
 

   h) When games are suspended and continued the next day, pitching limitations are split between the two days.

   i) In the case of a double or triple play, there is no penalty for exceeding outs recorded at the time of the play.

   j) Any outs recorded during a game once it is ruled a forfeit count toward the pitcher’s recorded outs.

  k) A violation of the pitching limitation is determined when the pitcher has delivered a pitch to the next batter after reaching his pitching limit. If the limit is reached at the end of an inning, it shall be a violation if the pitcher toes the rubber to begin a new inning. If the pitcher is protested after reaching their limitation after delivering a pitch to the next batter after reaching his pitching limit and prior to recording an additional out exceeding their pitching limit, the pitcher shall be ejected from the game. If the pitcher records an additional out or outs exceeding their pitching limitation, the game shall be ruled a forfeit. A illegal pitcher can be protested anytime during the game. Once the game has ended, the official scorecard has been signed and the umpires have left the field, the game will be considered official & a protest for pitching violation shall not be allowed. Additional penalties, including suspensions and ejection from the event may apply.

   l) A second trip to the same pitcher in the same inning causes the pitcher’s automatic removal from the mound (not the game).

  m) When a pitcher takes his or her position at the beginning of each inning, or when he or she relieves another pitcher, he or she is permitted warm-up pitches, not to exceed eight preparatory pitches to the catcher or coach.

   n) A pitcher removed from the pitching position cannot return to the pitching position during a game, but can re-enter to any other position.

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