CHANGES TO PITCHING RULES FOR 2016|17 SEASON

 

16.03  PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

a) These Leagues shall have limits placed on the number of “Pitches” thrown to the batter by players who assume positions as Pitchers in games, and on the number of “Innings” caught by players who assume positions as Catchers in games. Limits which shall apply are as follows:

Table 7 - PITCHING ASSIGNMENTS

COMPETITION / LEAGUE

LEAGUE AGE

MINOR

SUBSTANTIAL 1

SUBSTANTIAL 2

SUBSTANTIAL 3

MAJOR

Little Leagues

9,10,11,12

1 - 20

21 - 35

36 - 50

 

NOT PERMISSABLE IN GWBA COMPETITIONS

Junior Leagues

13,14

1 - 20

21 - 35

36 - 50

51 - 65

Senior Leagues

15,16

1 - 30

31 - 45

46 - 60

61 - 75

DAYS REST REQUIRED:

0

1

2

3

(1) A single pitch in any innings shall be classed as an innings pitched or caught.
(2) Players at the lower threshold of the respective age bracket shall be subject to their relevant LEAGUE AGE Pitching Assignments (ie. a League Age 13 player in Senior League shall be restricted to the Junior League Pitching Assignments).

i)  Any player in the position of catcher for more than three (3) innings shall require one (1) calendar days rest from the position of catching. Any single pitch in any inning shall count as an inning caught for the purpose of this rule.

ii)  No catcher shall be used for more than 27 "defensive outs" in a calendar day.

b) Pitching assignments and the respective days rests shall apply as calendar days.

"REST" - players shall not be permitted to undertake competitive pitching work during their required days rest. Players may participate in activities such as a light bullpen, however, they should observe the rest period required for the assignment directly below the one completed (ie. any player who throws a Substantial 2 assignment should have a complete days rest from any pitching related work, as per requirement of the Substantial 1. Similarly, a Junior League or Senior League player who throws a Substantial 3 assignment, should not participate in any pitching related activities for two calendar days).

c) Once removed from the position of pitcher, they shall not be permitted to return to the position of pitcher in the same game.

d) In determining the pitching assignment, this shall be determined as at the first pitch thrown to their final batter faced. A pitcher reaching the maximum pitch threshold during a single batter may 'complete the batter' and not be penalised for reaching a higher limit.

NOTE: Where a pitcher exceeds a particular pitching assignment during their final batter, the assignment they are to be credited with, and the pitch number at which they commenced the final batter, should be noted on the result sheet and score books.

The Official GWBA Scorebooks (from Summer 2016|17) has a place to note Last Batter Pitches - LBP for this purpose.

e) Scorers shall notify the Chief Umpire, who will in turn advise the defensive team’s Coach, when a Pitcher is within ten (10) pitches of the maximum allowable number, or a Catcher is into their final innings.

f) Irrespective of whether or not advised by Scorers or Umpires during a game, it is always the responsibility of Coaches to ensure that their Pitchers do not overpitch in the number of pitches or thrown in a game, or that their Catchers do not exceed the number of innings caught in a game. The penalty for overpitching a player either in pitches or innings, or over catching a player in innings, shall be loss of the game and suspension of the Coach for up to four (4) games for a first offence and, as a minimum, automatic suspension for the remainder of the season for a second infringement. In the final series only, the penalty for such breaches will not only be the loss of the game, but the awarding of the win to the opposing team, suspension of the coach for up to four (4) games for a first offence and automatic suspension for the following season for a second infringement.

g) ONCE A PITCHER HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE MOUND, HE/SHE CAN NOT PITCH AGAIN IN THAT GAME. ONCE A CATCHER HAS BEEN REMOVED/REPLACED, HE/SHE CAN NOT SERVE AS CATCHER AGAIN IN THAT GAME.

h) Visits to the mound shall be as per the Australian Rules of Baseball, specifically rules 3.03 and 8.05. Coaches and Managers who intend to move their pitchers to a defensive position, after already having made one visit to the mound in the same inning, shall notify the umpire of their change prior to making a second visit to the mound.

16.03.01  Pitcher and Catcher interchanges:

a) Players shall not be permitted to play the positions of pitcher and catcher in the same game.

b) Any pitcher who has thrown more than 40 pitches may not be used in the position of catcher for the remainder of the day.

c) Any catcher who is in that position during any three innings shall not be permitted to be used in the position of pitcher for the remainder of the day.