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Re: Maine hs moving toward pitch-count restrictions

Postby MattyB » Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:57 pm

Rule would limit Maine high school pitchers to 110 pitches

AUGUSTA — The Maine Principals’ Association baseball committee finalized a proposal Tuesday that will prohibit pitchers from throwing more than 110 pitches in a varsity game.

The proposal comes as the National Federation of State High School Associations, which sets rules nationally, announced in July that states must adopt a pitch count rule for the 2017 season.

Many medical professionals, including Dr. William Heinz — a Portland orthopedist and liaison to the MPA sports medicine committee — say pitch counts can help limit arm injuries.

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Re: Maine hs moving toward pitch-count restrictions

Postby Media » Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:11 am

MPA proposes 110 maximum pitch count for 2017 baseball season
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Re: Maine hs moving toward pitch-count restrictions

Postby Media » Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:44 am

MPA panel develops pitch-count proposal for high school baseball

... In Maine, the pitch-count restrictions — similar to USA Baseball’s Pitch Smart recommendations — would replace limiting availability based on the number of innings pitched.

The baseball committee’s proposed limits for high school varsity pitchers would require no calendar days of rest for one to 20 pitches in a day, one day of rest for 21-39 pitches, two days of rest for 40-65 pitches, three days of rest for 66-95 pitches and four days of rest for 96 or more pitches with a maximum of 110 pitches in a day.

For all subvarsity levels, no calendar days of rest would be required for one to 15 pitches in a day, one day of rest for 16-35 pitches, two days of rest for 36-55 pitches, three days of rest for 56 to 74 pitches and four days of rest for 75 or more pitches with a maximum of 90 pitches in a day.

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Maine Principals’ Association approves high school baseball

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:43 am

Maine Principals’ Association approves high school baseball pitch limits

...The approved limits for Maine high school varsity pitchers would require no calendar days of rest for one to 20 pitches thrown in a day, one day of rest for 21 to 39 pitches, two days of rest for 40 to 65 pitches, three days of rest for 66 to 95 pitches and four days of rest for 96 or more pitches with a maximum of 110 pitches in a day.

Should a pitcher reach the 110-pitch limit in the middle of an at-bat, he may finish pitching to that batter before being replaced.

Those daily pitch limits also apply to doubleheaders, according to Maine Principals’ Association Assistant Executive Director Mike Burnham, so that a pitcher may work in both games so long as the total pitches thrown that day do not exceed 110.

Pitch limits also were set for sub-varsity levels, with no calendar days of rest required for one to 15 pitches in a day, one day of rest for 16 to 35 pitches, two days of rest for 36 to 55 pitches, three days of rest for 56 to 74 pitches and four days of rest for 75 or more pitches with a maximum of 90 pitches in a day.

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New year, new rules: High school pitch limits to safeguard

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:10 am

New year, new rules: High school pitch limits to safeguard young arms force teams to adjust
Pitchers begin spring practice facing new limits on total throws, which are likely to alter the game tactics of players and coaches.

... “I think my sophomore year in regional finals I got up to 120 (pitches) and so I had elbow problems and it was kind of tough thing to go through,” said Armitage, who will pitch in college for Division I Marist University. “I think the pitch count is for the safety of the players. I’ll have to limit (throwing) balls this year so I can go deep into games.”

Under the new rule, Maine’s varsity pitchers will have to leave a game if they reach 110 pitches. And if they throw more than 95 pitches, they must have four days off before returning to the mound – an extra day compared with Maine’s previous innings-based rules.

That’s why Cam Guarino, Falmouth’s co-ace who will pitch in college for the University of New Haven, said he’ll focus on staying under 95 pitches in each start.

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Pitch counts will change baseball

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:32 am

CM Spring sports preview cover story: Pitch counts will change baseball
Teams will need to rely on depth to succeed.

... Last Fall, the Maine Principals’ Association introduced new pitch count rules, limiting the number of pitches a player can throw in a game and defining the amount of rest each pitcher must have before taking the mound again. The rules come as more high school pitchers nationwide suffer arm injuries as a result of overuse.

In the past, rest was required after a pitcher threw a certain number of innings. Four or more innings thrown on one day mandated a three-day rest period before that player could pitch again. Now, the amount of rest is determined by the number of pitches thrown.

According to the MPA baseball bulletin, the maximum number of pitches any player can throw in a varsity game is 110. Anything between 96 and 110 pitches requires four days rest before the pitcher can take the mound again. Between 66-95 pitches requires three days rest, 40-65 pitches requires two days rest and 21-39 pitches requires one day of rest.

If a pitcher throws between one and 20 pitches, he is eligible to pitch again the next day.

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Re: Pitch counts will change baseball

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:24 am

Pitch Counts Create a New Ballgame

...Baseball is constant yet this season brings significant change to the high school ranks. The Maine Principals’ Association has adopted National Federation of High Schools’ guidelines for pitch counts for the 2017 season. At the varsity level, pitchers will be limited to a maximum of 110 pitches per day. If the hurler reaches the 110 pitch limit during an at bat he may complete the at bat.

If a pitcher exceeds 95 pitches in an outing they will need four days rest before returning to the mound. 66-95 pitches thrown requires three days rest, 40-65 two days, while 21-39 pitches require just a days rest. A varsity pitcher can throw up to twenty pitches per day and still be eligible to pitch the next day. Junior varsity pitchers can throw a maximum of 90 pitches per day with lower thresholds accompanying various days of rest.

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Re: Coaches adapting to new pitch limits

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:42 am

Coaches adapting to new pitch limits

...Mansfield Stadium in Bangor already is equipped with a scoreboard pitch counter that was used when it hosted the Senior League World Series, so pitch counts have been on display at Bangor High School home games for years.

“Obviously we have that automatic pitch count up there, but the big thing is having a really good sense of where your guys are at,” said Bangor coach Dave Morris. “Some pitchers recover quicker, some need more time, and then of course you have a lot of positional players who pitch.

“When you look at the last three or four years, some of our top pitchers really weren’t full-time positional players where this year it probably will be different, so you really want to get at least four or five guys going on the mound for that reason. You can’t have enough pitching.”

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Re:Pitch Count rule update

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 26, 2017 3:37 am

Pitch Count rule update

This is the first year that the Maine Principals Association is using a pitch count to determine how many days a pitcher has to rest before pitching in another game. Mike Burnham says new system seems to be working well.

Mike Burnham:"What i am see here is that schools are doing an outstanding job monitoring pitch counts. Coaches are paying attention to the number of pitches an athlete is throwing and we have not seen a significant change. I think it has worked very well the positive feedback we have received. I think it is important to note that coaches by and large were tracking pitch counts before this year and now it is just mandated.

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Pitch counts make little difference in high school baseball

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:54 am

Pitch counts make little difference in high school baseball
Most coaches say they've seen no impact from a rule instituted this season.

...A Portland Press Herald examination of nine teams from southern Maine that made the playoffs in both 2016 and 2017 shows that the top pitchers threw about 5 percent fewer innings this year than under the innings-based pitching rules in effect last season.

“I have personally not been affected by the (pitch-count) rule nor has the rule affected my opponents,” said Portland Coach Mike Rutherford.

“It hasn’t been a bigger deal for us for probably two reasons,” said Cheverus Coach Mac McKew. “One, because we’ve tracked pitches before and also the fact that we have good arms. That’s a luxury some other teams might not have.”


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