Area baseball coaches adapt to new pitching rule


Posted: 05/12/2021 16:22:23 PM

Baseball’s return to high school grounds in Massachusetts means the start of the pitch-counting rules that were to go into effect last season.

College launchers are now limited to 115 slots per sortie. If they throw the 115th pitch in a batting, they can finish the batting before they need to be put out. Depending on the number of throws taken, a different number of rest days will be required before the athlete can throw again. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the player being declared ineligible and forfeited.

“This will help ensure that coaches do not push children beyond their limits without a serious consequence of using an illegal player,” Easthampton coach Ed Zuchowski said. “There is no flexibility. The consequence is too hard for a child to enter. I think it was long overdue.

If a player throws between 71 and 115 throws, he will need four days off. Between 56 and 70 requires three days, 41-55 terms two days and 26-40 requires one day. Players do not need a day off if they throw between one and 25 pitches. If a pitcher has pitched 71-90 pitches, he may pitch 25 pitches on his fourth day of rest.

“For me, that’s not going to change that. In fact, I think when they released the rules I heard some people complaining, ”said Hopkins Academy coach Dan Vreeland. “I already use these rules or was a little stronger than some of these rules.”

Both teams are required to track the pitchers of both teams and submit the completed documents along with the score sheet. Coaches will designate players ineligible to pitch on their roster cards. They will meet every other round and at the end of the game to make sure their accounts line up. In the event of a dispute, the home team’s count is official.

“I think it will be a game changer. I think it will be difficult for some of the smaller schools that don’t have the same depth of arms, ”Belchertown coach Evan Berneche said. “It’s going to play into a certain strategy here. You might see strange things. I tried the idea of ​​having an opener.

Rules can be tested or more restrictive for smaller teams with fewer pitchers and multiple games in a week. The decision is no longer up to the players and coaches depending on how they feel.

“It becomes more of a secretarial aspect for me. There were times when I knocked down a starter, but he didn’t play again for a week, ”said Granby coach Jim Woods. “I told the kids you always tell me when to stop it.”

The rules do not allow leeway for tournaments or championships.

“My only quarrel with that is if you’re like a Western Mass Championship and you have a guy dealing and you want him to pitch eight, nine, 10 innings, it’s over,” he said. ‘Frontier Regional Coach Chris Williams. “I’ve only seen him do a few times in my life, but the times I’ve seen him do these guys have won baseball games. Once in a blue moon I think it’s OK for the guys to leave everything there. This is about protecting children and ensuring that there is longevity throughout school sports.

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