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Pitch Count and Days of Rest


This information is relating to the number of pitches thrown per game and the corresponding days of rest need for the pitcher’s arm to recover.  This information may very only slightly depending upon the source, but these numbers are viewed to be very close to the limit needed to protect young arms.
 

SAFE PITCH COUNTS

 

DAYS OF REST NEEDED

 

Number of Pitches Thrown

Age

Per Game Maximum

0 Days

1 Day

2 Days

3 Days

8-10

50

25 or less

26-29

30-39

40-50

11-12

60

29 or less

30-39

40-49

50-60

 

The following table shows the next available day a pitcher can throw based on the day they pitched and number of pitches thrown.

 

1-29 Pitches

30-39 Pitches

40-49 Pitches

50-60 Pitches

Day Pitched

Available to Pitch

Day Pitched

Available to Pitch

Day Pitched

Available to Pitch

Day Pitched

Available to Pitch

Monday

Tuesday

Monday

Wednesday

Monday

Thursday

Monday

Friday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Thursday

Tuesday

Friday

Tuesday

Saturday

Wednesday

Thursday

Wednesday

Friday

Wednesday

Saturday

Wednesday

Sunday

Thursday

Friday

Thursday

Saturday

Thursday

Sunday

Thursday

Monday

Friday

Saturday

Friday

Sunday

Friday

Monday

Friday

Tuesday

Saturday

Sunday

Saturday

Monday

Saturday

Tuesday

Saturday

Wednesday

Sunday

Monday

Sunday

Tuesday

Sunday

Wednesday

Sunday

Thursday

 

Example:  Say you have a 12 year old pitcher who throws on 50 pitches in one game on Tuesday.  This pitcher must now rest on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  He/she cannot pitch again until Saturday.  (Warm up pitches do not count against the total pitch count)

 

The proper number of days rest and application of ice immediately following the game are important to reduce the risk of injury to the throwing arm.  To reduce swelling and the risk injury, the shoulder, tricep area and elbow must be iced for approximately 20 minutes after the game.

 

The day following pitching, the player should:

  1. Run approximately ¼ mile to enhance the body’s ability to rid itself of the “Bad Blood”

  2. Secondly the player should then warm up with 10-15 throws at the normal distance.

The player should then do the “Long Toss” drill at about 50% effort for 20 throws
(approximate length of throw – the distance between home plate and second base)