Pitching Rules

Updated Tuesday December 13, 2016 by Andrew Brady.

TLBR 2017 Pitching Rules and Information

The TLBR league adopts the Babe Ruth International tournament rule on pitching limitations with a few exceptions (noted inline with the text):

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2017 season.

  1. Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball - Tournament Pitching Rules These pitch count limitations will apply to all tournament games played in District, Area, State, Regional and World Series competition and will completely replace Tournament Regulation Rule 11.05, Paragraph 4 (innings pitch). 

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.  For ages 13-15:

  • Daily Max:  95 pitches
  • Rest Period:
    • 1-45 pitches: rest for 0 days
    • 46-75 pitches: rest for 1 day
    • 76+ pitches: rest for 2 days
  1. 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.
  2. All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements before pitching in another game
  3. In a game suspended by darkness, weather, or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitcher at the time the game was halted may continue to the extent of his/her eligibility.
  4. Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used, as specified above, shall be declared forfeited (see note below). 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.  

Note:  In league play, TLBR will not award a forfeit if an ineligible pitcher is used.  However, all coaches will adhere to the rules to the best of their ability.

Official Pitch Count Record

  1. TLBR will assign an official scorekeeper for each league game (typically the home team scorekeeper).  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

TLBR will work with the statisticians, coaches, and umpires to develop a system to track the pitches over a single game and week of games.  The scorekeepers and coaches should be aware of each team's prior pitch counts by player if they play with less than 2 days between games.  For example, if a team plays games on Monday and Wednesday of a given week, the scorer should know of any player who pitched more than 75 pitches on Monday.  That player cannot pitch on Wednesday.  Similarly, if a team plays on back-to-back days, any pitcher with more than 45 pitches in the first game cannot pitch in the second game.