This spring, new rules (determined by each state association) limit how many pitches high school hurlers can throw and how much rest they must have between outings. In North Carolina, a high school pitcher for South Stanly High School in Norwood, N.C., was two outs from a no-hitter when he was pulled as a result of reaching the state’s pitch count.
“Due to this pitch count stuff, we have had to go to a lot of different guys to give us some time on the mound,” Terry Tucker, South Stanly Head Baseball Coach told The Stanly News & Press. “It’s almost gotten to the point that I can’t even really enjoy the game so much for worrying. You have to worry about the (pitch) count tonight, but then worry about the next game… it’s a management process for all of us more than it ever has.”
The rules put in place by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) limits pitchers to 105 pitches although they are permitted to finish the plate appearance after they have thrown the 105th pitch. If the pitcher throws more than 76 pitches, four rest days are required before being able to pitch again.
“USA Baseball had the money to be able to do the research… then the sports medicine advisory committee looked at what (USA Baseball) had they felt it is hard to argue against research and science,” Que Tucker, NCHSAA commissioner, told the Charlotte Observer when the rules were updated.