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FCKLL Special Pitch Count Rules

The eligibility of a player to pitch in a Little League Baseball game is governed by a tiered pitch count that is tied to the number of pitches throw in a game. This is to ensure player health and safety given the stress of throwing overhand on the arm and shoulder. The pitch count determines how many days of rest are required before a player may pitch again in a Little League game. 

FCKLL employs the use of special pitching rules in some Divisions, which are amended from Little League Baseball. Please reference your child's specific divisional special rules (above) for the comprehensive rules. Below is a simple summary.

Pitch Count Rules At-A-Glance
(based on League Age, not birth age)


Max Pitches

AA

AAA

Majors

Intermediate

1st Half of Season Pitches/Day

50

85, if 11+

75, if 9-10

50, if <9

85, if 11+

75, if 10

95, if 13+

85, if 11+

2nd Half of Season Pitches/Day

60, if 9+

50, if <9

85, if 11+

75, if 9-10

50, if <9

85, if 11+

75, if 10

 

95, if 13+

 

 

Pitches/Inning

30

30

 

 

















Pitches

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

Days Rest

0

1

2

3

4


Pitcher/Catcher Combination Rules

Any player who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.

A player who played the position of catcher for three (3) innings or less, moves to the pitcher position, and delivers 21 pitches or more in the same day, may not return to the catcher position on that calendar day. EXCEPTION: If the pitcher reaches the 20-pitch limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch, and maintain their eligibility to return to the catcher position, until any one of the following conditions occur: (1) that batter reaches base; (2) that batter is retired; (3) the third out is made to complete the half-inning or the game; or (4) the pitcher is removed from the mound prior to the batter completing his/her at-bat.

NOTE: If a pitcher reaches 40 pitches while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch, and maintain their eligibility to play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day, until any one of the following conditions occurs:(1) that batter reaches base; (2) that batter is retired; (3) the third out is made to complete the half inning or the game; or (4) the pitcher is removed from the mound prior to the batter completing his/her at-bat. The pitcher would be allowed to play the catcher position provided that pitcher is moved, removed, or the game is completed before delivering a pitch to another batter. If a player delivers 41 or more pitches, and is not covered under the threshold exception, the player may not play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.


Majors Call Up Policy

Temporary call-up
Used in the event of illness, vacation, and/or other conflict. The impacted Manager is to notify the Player Agent one (1) day or greater prior to game. The Manager is to select a player from the resulting Majors draft “Eligible Call-Up Pool Roster,” so as to not conflict with the call-up players scheduled AAA games. In concurrence with the Majors manager, AAA Manager, Players Parents/Guardian and Player Agent, the AAA player is temporarily assigned - no more than one (1) game - to the Majors roster, until the Majors player returns. The AAA player is required to play in the Majors game, and his/her assigned teams AAA game.   

For temporary call-ups, in instances where nine (9) players will not be fielded, the Minors Division (levels AAA and AA only) may follow this approach, working with the Player Agent. There are not sustained or permanent call-ups in the Minor Division.

Longer term call-up
Used in the event of injury or other conflict that results in player missing three (3) or more concurrent Majors events (games and practices, i.e. one week).  The Manager is required to notify the Player Agent of the issue and potential duration within three (3) days of injury during FCKLL event or within two (2) days of parent notification.  The Manager is to select a player from the resulting Majors draft “Eligible Call-Up Pool Roster." In conference with the Majors manager, AAA Manager, Players Parents/Guardian and Player Agent, the AAA player will be assigned to the Majors roster until the injured Majors player returns.  The AAA player will attend all practices and games of only the Majors team. In the event of injury, a doctor's note is required for the Major player to return to roster.

Permanent call up
Used in the event of injury that lasts the duration of the season, or player withdraw from league. Notify Player Agent of issue immediately. The manager is to select a player from the resulting Majors draft “Eligible Call-Up Pool Roster." In concurrence with the Majors manager, AAA Manager, Players Parents/Guardian and Player Agent, the AAA player will be assigned to the Majors roster permanently and considered returning Majors player in next season.

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