New NFHS rule will dictate
IHSAA mandate required
rest based on pitch counts
By Justin Sokeland
The count is full. The pitch of decision is coming.
On the diamond, this scenario happens constantly, more than it should when pitchers struggle with command, control and the courage to challenge the strike zone. Now, following a revision of pitching policy in Rule 6-2-6 by the Baseball Rules Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations, a full count will have a second meaning.
High school hurlers, starting in 2017, will be on a mandatory pitch count.
The NFHS ruling, aimed at limiting arm injuries from overuse, will require each member state association to develop a pitching policy, based on the number of pitches thrown rather than innings worked, that mandates a rest period between pitching appearances.
For example: throw 50 pitches, rest three days. Fire 100 pitches, rest five days. The actual guidelines have yet to be finalized by the IHSAA and the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.