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Baseball Pitch Counts - Safety Guidelines For Youth Pitchers And Coaches

From the American Sports Medicine Institute   http://asmi.org

There are a number of baseball pitching count strategies that can be implemented to reduce pitch counts or the number of pitches thrown by young pitchers in games.

Here are some recommendations from ASMI, one of the leading authorities on preventing pitching arm injuries caused by high pitch counts in baseball, particularly in youth baseball.

Pitches per game/games per week

  • Pitcher ages 8-10: 52 pitches/game max, 2 games/week max.
  • Pitcher ages 11-12: 68 pitches/game max, 2 games/week max.
  • Pitcher ages 13-14: 76 pitches/game max, 2 games/week max.
  • Pitcher ages 15-16: 91 pitches/game max, 2 games/week max.
  • Pitcher ages 17-18: 106 pitches/game max, 2 games/week max.

Recovery times

Ages 8-10

  • 21 pitches: 1 day rest
  • 34 pitches: 2 days rest
  • 43 pitches: 3 days rest
  • 51 pitches: 4 days rest

Ages 11-12

  • 27 pitches: 1 day rest
  • 35 pitches: 2 days rest
  • 55 pitches: 3 days rest
  • 58 pitches: 4 days rest

Ages 13-14

  • 30 pitches: 1 day rest
  • 36 pitches: 2 days rest
  • 56 pitches: 3 days rest
  • 70 pitches: 4 days rest

Ages 15-16

  • 25 pitches: 1 day rest
  • 38 pitches: 2 days rest
  • 62 pitches: 3 days rest
  • 77 pitches: 4 days rest

Ages 17-18

  • 27 pitches: 1 day rest
  • 45 pitches: 2 days rest
  • 62 pitches: 3 days rest
  • 89 pitches: 4 days rest