Details for a nationally-mandated pitch count restriction in high school baseball were approved by the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directorsin January.
Last year, the National Federation of State High School Associations informed all states that they were required to have a pitch count limit instead of a regulation based on innings pitched over a certain number of days. Previously in Ohio high school baseball, a pitcher could pitch up to 10 innings in a three-day span.
The new OHSAA regulation calls for a maximum of 125 pitches permitted in a day, and contains several other details such as the number of days required between pitching appearances based on the number of pitches thrown.
The daily pitch limit is 125 pitches. The number of days between pitching appearances after pitching:
1-30 pitches: 0 days
31-50 pitches: 1 day
51-75 pitches: 2 days
76 or more pitches: 3 days
Doubleheader note: If a pitcher throws at least 31 pitches in a game, he may not pitch in another game that day (or the next day, per the chart above).
At bat completion: If the daily pitch count is reached during an at bat, a pitcher may exceed the pitch count only to finish pitching to the current batter.
Data collection system: At the end of each contest, coaches must submit pitcher data to a designated data collection system. Schools are required to keep pitch count data on all pitchers and make the data available to the OHSAA upon request.
Regulation violation: A team shall forfeit any win in which a player violates the pitch count regulation.
Suspended/interrupted games: All pitches thrown during a game that becomes suspended or interrupted (due to weather or darkness, for example) shall count toward the pitch count regulation.
Scrimmages and previews: All pitches thrown in a scrimmage or preview shall count toward the pitch count regulation.