Pitch Counts - How Many Pitches Max Should Parents Let Their Kids Throw In A Game?

By Steven Ellis former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

How Many Baseball Pitches Or Innings Pitched Should I Let My Kid Throw?Do you ever ask yourself how many pitches should my son throw in a game? Is his youth baseball coach overusing him? How many days of rest should I take before I pitch again? Am I getting enough recovery?

One of my missions is to extend the career of all pitchers. 

This mission is shared by the USA Baseball Medical and Safety Advisory Committee. Their objective is to provide guidelines that are scientifically-based to reduce the risk of injury and maximize the younger player’s ability to perform and advance to higher levels. 

Because research has shown that there is a direct relationship between the number of pitches thrown and the risk of shoulder and elbow pain, the following numbers are recommended:

Suggested pitch counts

Age

Pitches per game

Games per week

8-10

52

2

11-12

68

2

13-14

76

2

15-16

97

2

17-18

106

2



Minimum days off after pitching

 

1 day rest

2 days rest

3 days rest

4 days rest

Age

Number of pitches thrown

8-10

21

34

43

51

11-12

27

35

55

58

13-14

30

36

56

70

15-16

25

38

62

77

17-18

27

45

62

89



The actual answers to the above questions, however, are more than the information that has been offered by the scientists and baseball professionals.  In my work, the pitcher and his personal characteristics play and important part in answering there questions.


Pitch count game chart

In order to keep track of pitches made by each of your pitchers in a game, use a chart like the one below to record strikes and balls made by each pitcher. This will help you not only to keep track of pitch count, but will aid you in the discovery of pitching patterns.

Date: ____________________

Opponent: ____________________

Pitcher's NameInning(s)
  
  
  

Pitcher 1Pitcher 2Pitcher 3
StrikeBallStrikeBallStrikeBall
111111
222222
333333
444444
555555
666666
777777
888888
999999
101010101010
111111111111
121212121212
131313131313
141414141414
151515151515
161616161616
171717171717
181818181818
191919191919
202020202020
212121212121
222222222222
232323232323
242424242424
252525252525
262626262626
272727272727
282828282828
292929292929
303030303030
313131313131
323232323232
333333333333
343434343434
353535353535
363636363636
373737373737
383838383838
393939393939
404040404040
414141414141
424242424242
434343434343
444444444444
454545454545
464646464646

 

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