The IHSAA released details Thursday about new pitch limits for high school baseball. Previously, pitchers were limited to no more than 10 innings in three consecutive calendar days.
According to the news release, no pitcher may throw more than 120 pitches in a varsity game. Pitchers who throw 36 pitches or more in a game are required to have one day of rest. Pitchers who throw 61 pitches require two days of rest, 81 pitches requires three days of rest and 101 pitches requires four days of rest.
Pitchers who reach a limit in the middle of an at-bat will be allowed to complete the at-bat without moving to the next level of rest.
Teams will be required to track pitches on a sheet provided by the IHSAA and submit statistics to school administrators following the game. The use of an ineligible pitcher in a game will be cause for an automatic forfeit.
IHSAA Assistant Commissioner Phil Gardner met with a committee of 10 baseball coaches this summer to determine the details of the policy.
The National Federation of State High School Associations announced in July that each state sports association would be required switch from an innings limit to a pitch limit in order to hopefully prevent wear and tear on pitchers’ arms.