• Keep track of the amount of pitching throughout the course of the year. Although the safe yearly limit varies from pitcher to pitcher, it is important to remember that overuse injuries are the result of short-term and long-term overuse.
  • Take at least 3 months off from competitive pitching every year, including at least 4 continuous weeks off from all overhead throwing
  • Make sure to properly warm up before pitching
  • Set and follow pitch-count limits and required rest periods
  • Avoid playing for multiple teams at the same time
  • Avoid playing catcher while not pitching
  • Players should not pitch in multiple games on the same day
  • Make sure to follow guidelines across leagues, tournaments and showcases
  • Monitor for other signs of fatigue
  • No pitcher should appear in a game as a pitcher for three consecutive days, regardless of pitch counts
Age Daily Max (Pitches in Game) Required Rest (Pitches)
    0 Days 1 Days 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days
19-22 120 1-30 31-45 46-60 61-80 81-105 106+