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Blitz: Little League Focuses on Sharing New Pitch Count Rule Info
“We know that the volunteers in our local leagues are the ones who will be charged with making the regulation work, so we contacted those volunteers who were successful in implementing a mandatory pitch count this past season,” Nick Caringi, director of regional operations for Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “The response has been excellent because the they knew this was the right program for Little League, and we are grateful for their cooperation. The information we are gathering will be shared in the coming months with all volunteers worldwide.”
On Aug. 25 this year, Little League Baseball announced it was changing its decades-old pitching rules, making the actual number of pitches delivered the deciding factor in determining eligibility in the baseball division. Starting with the 2007 season, pitchers in all divisions of Little League, from age 7 to 18, will have specific limits for each game, based on their age. The number of pitches delivered in a game will determine the amount of rest the player must have before pitching again.
There are about 2.3 million players in the baseball divisions of Little League worldwide. There are nearly 400,000 girls softball players, but the new regulations will not apply to softball.
The pitch count information blitz will include a Frequently Asked Questions folder in the charter mailing. Little League International will follow up with a brochure detailing the best ways to implement the program will follow later this fall. More than 150,000 of these brochures will be distributed free of charge to local leagues, and they will be downloadable at no charge at www.littleleague.org when published.
Included in the information will be sample forms that leagues can use to easily track the number of pitches delivered by each pitcher. Little League also is expanding its education of scorekeepers so that pitches can be counted without difficulty. Most leagues will use the official scorekeeper as the “pitch counter,” but the final decision on this responsibility will be up to each local league.
A detailed explanation of the new pitch count rule can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/media/pitch_count_08-25-06.asp