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Little League Pitch Count:

Little leaguer's are getting big league injuries and sports medicine physicians have
taken notice and Little League International has followed.

Little League Board of Directors unanimously approved a system of pitch counts to be
implemented in 2007, based on a player's age, to determine how far into a game a
player can pitch and how much rest he'll subsequently need.

These limits, which take effect in 2007, apply only for regular-season play. A system for
tournament (all-star) competition will be announced this fall.

Age             Max Pitches Per Day
17-18                        105  

13-16                          95  

11-12                          85  

10-under                   75  

Rest for ages 16-under

# of pitches
          Days of rest
61                               + 3

41-60                             2

21-40                             1

1-20                               0

For ages 17-18

# of pitches
          Days of rest
76                                + 3

51-75                              2

26-50                              1

1-25                                0

Source: Little League International

James Andrews, a MLB shoulder and elbow surgeon states, "This is one of the most
important injury-prevention steps ever initiated in youth baseball... It is certain to serve
as the youth sports injury prevention cornerstone and the inspiration for other youth
organizations to take the initiative to get serious about injury prevention in youth sports."

Andrew's research has indicated pitchers who stayed in the game beyond fatigue were
36 times as likely to end up needing surgery.

What can appear as a simple overuse injury or soreness to a parent or coach can very
well be a serious career ending injury to a youngster's elbow or shoulder.

A young athlete should never throw with a sore arm.  A young athlete should never take
advil or motrin (NSAID) for muscle or joint pain without the guidance of a sports
medicine physician.  A skeletally immature athlete (one who still has open growth plates
in the arm) should NOT throw curve balls.  If soreness lasts longer than 30 minutes after
activity, an appointment with a sports medicine physician should be made.
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