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Pitches to Be Counted in 2007 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 12, 2007) – The 2007 Little League International tournament, including the Little League Baseball World Series, will operate with many of the same elements of the “pitch count” rules that were used by Little League Baseball teams during this year’s regular-season play.

A downloadable PDF of the changes to the 2007 Tournament Rules and Guidelines can be found
here: http://www.littleleague.org/media/T_Rule_Changes_10-06.pdf

“The Tournament Rules regarding pitching and pitch counts in baseball closely follow the regular-season regulation, with some modifications,” Joe Losch, director of the Little League Baseball International Tournament, said. “We have allowed some leeway on pitching consecutive games between tournament levels, and the rest requirements are slightly different. Along with changes incorporated for the regular season, these rules will result in fewer overall pitches during the course of a season by individual pitchers in the baseball divisions of Little League.”

Another addition to the Tournament Rules and Guidelines is to provide a penalty of suspension of the manager for violation of the mandatory play rules in those divisions that apply. Formerly, the rule called for forfeiture of the game. However, forfeiture could still be imposed by the Tournament Committee in Williamsport if the violation warrants it.

And finally, wording has been added to the preamble to the Tournament Rules and Guidelines that reiterates the Tournament Committee’s ability to deal with instances of unsportsmanlike conduct.

More information on the new pitch count regulation, can be found here:

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