In an effort to stem the alarming increase in elbow and shoulder injuries among young baseball pitchers, Little League Baseball adopted important new rules in 2007 to limit the number of pitches a pitcher can throw in a game and how much rest he must take pitching appearances.
In its continuing effort to protect the health and safety of youth pitchers, and to reflect the latest research on pitching injuries, Little League made additional changes in its rules which went into effect for the spring 2010 season and beyond.
Pitch count limits for 2013 and beyond
Top 40 Baseball Rule Myths
Believe it or not, all of the following statements are FALSE.
- The hands are considered part of the bat.HANDS RULE MYTH
The hands are part of a person’s body. If a pitch hits the batter’s hands the ball is dead; if he swung at the pitch, a strike is called (NOT a foul). If he was avoiding the pitch, he is awarded first base.
To tag or not to tag, that is the question!
This is simply a quick list as to whether a fielder has the option to tag the base, or if he must tag the runner. All of your fielders should know these inside and out, because if they have to think about it, chances are they will make a mistake on the field.
Fielder Can Tag the Runner or the Base
- Any runner who has to run because there is a force play in affect (i.e. runner on first and a ground ball is hit, runner on first must run to second and is in a force play situation; or runners on first and second and a ground ball is hit, both runners are in a force play situation; runners on first and third, runner on first has to run, runner on third does not).
LL Pitching Distance
Looking for information on what little league baseball pitching distance is?
It’s always a good idea to double check with your little league baseball coach or call the league office to make sure you’re practicing and pitching from the right baseball pitching distance, but the official little league baseball pitching distance between the point of home plate and the front (near) side of the pitcher’s rubber is 46 feet.
That’s about 14 feet, 6 inches shorter than standard baseball pitching distance on a regulation field; standard pitching distance is 60 feet, 6 inches.
Additionally, the pitcher’s mound is raised by a gradual slope to an elevation of 6 inches above the level of home plate and the base paths.