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2014 Little League Pitch Count Limits and Mandatory Rest Rules

Revised pitch count limits, longer mandatory rest periods, and other rule changes implemented by Little League Baseball in 2010 to reduce shoulder and elbow overuse injuries to youth baseball pitchers remain in effect for 2014.

Little League Rules Protect Pitchers' Arms

In 2007, Little League Baseball dropped its decades-old pitching rules - which limited pitchers age 12 and under to six innings per week and six innings per game, with the number of innings increasing for older age groups in favor of rules based on pitch count, with the number of allowable pitches based on the pitcher's age and with specific rest periods between pitching appearances when a pitcher reaches higher thresholds of pitches delivered in a day.  Revised rules go into effect for the spring 2010 baseball season.

Counting Pitches Can Save Young Players' Arms But Not Always Used Consistently

Guidelines on how many pitches young athletes should throw have been developed to stem the tide of overuse injuries, but many coaches are not following the recommendations consistently, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2014 National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Knowledge of USA Baseball Pitching Guidelines Is Poor, Says New Study

Knowledge of and compliance with USA Baseball pitch count recommendations by youth baseball coaches is poor, putting youth pitchers at increased risk for upper extremity pain and injuries, finds a disturbing new study.

Overuse to Blame For Youth Pitching Injuries, But Sliders and Curveballs Still Risk

Overuse is to blame for arm injuries among youth baseball players, but throwing curve balls at an early age still increases risk, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.

Tommy John Surgery Does Not Improve Pitching Performance

Misconceptions abound among  baseball parents, coaches and players about the reasons for and benefits of Tommy John surgery and the relationship between pitch counts and injury risk.

Daily Pitch Limits: USA Baseball, Little League Rules Are The Same, But Only Little League's Are Mandatory

Although pitch limits and rest periods for Little League Baseball and USA Baseball are now the same, Little League's are mandatory, while USA Baseball's are only recommended.
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