The Texas University Interscholastic League’s lone restriction on pitching is that a player can throw no more than 10 innings if pitching in more than one game in a day.
That is likely about to change. The UIL’s medical advisory committee recommended Sunday a proposal that would limit players age 17-19 to 110 pitches in a game and those age 14-16 to 95 pitches in a game, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The proposal also includes mandatory rest days. If a pitcher throws more than 85 pitches, he must have four rest days before pitching again. Fewer pitches would mean fewer mandatory rest days. Throwing 66-85 pitches would require three days; 46-65 would be two days, 31-45 would be one day; and fewer than 30 would mean no required days.
The Dallas Morning News report indicates the UIL legislative council is likely to adopt the proposal as a recommendation for next season and a rule for 2018.
“Nationwide, we are way behind,” Mark Cousins, the former UIL athletic director and current director of compliance, told the Morning News. “All innings are not the same. You can have an inning where you throw eight pitches and you’re out of the inning. You can have an inning where you throw 108 pitches and you’re not out of the inning.”
Softball pitchers are not included in the proposal.