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NDHSAA Board: New Pitch Count Regulation to go into effect this season

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota High School Activities Association agreed to add pitch counts for both Class A and Class B baseball for the 2017 season.

A full breakdown of the new rules are as follows:

-During the regular season, a pitcher can throw no more than 120 pitches per day and in turn will be limited to throwing 0-30 pitches on zero days of rest since last pitching appearance (next day), 31-45 pitches on one day of rest, 46-60 pitches on two days of rest, 61-75 pitches on three days of rest and 76-120 on four days of rest since last pitching appearance.

-During the postseason, a pitcher can throw a maximum of 135 pitches for the entire tournament. A pitcher is limited to a maximum daily total of 120 pitches during the postseason and in turn will be limited to thrown 0-45 pitches on zero days of rest since last pitching appearance (next day), 46-90 pitches on one day of rest, and 91-120 on two days of rest since last pitching appearance.

Additional details of the new NDHSAA pitch count regulation are:

Daily limits: If a team plays two games in one day, a pitcher can pitch in both games, just add the totals together.

If the daily or postseason maximum pitch count is reached during an at bat, the pitcher is allowed to finish that batter.

Home book is the official book for pitch counts. It is recommended that teams compare pitch numbers during the game.

If a pitch count tracker is present, they are the official pitch count

Tournament Managers will track pitch counts during postseason.

Play-in games are counted as postseason contests and shall be included in the postseason tournament maximum for pitchers.

Intentional walks (IBB) do not count towards a pitcher’s’ pitch count total.

If a pitcher is found to have exceeded the pitch count regulation the game will be ruled a forfeit and the player in violation must sit out the following varsity contest.

(Courtesy of NDHSAA)

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