Pitch count limits routinely ignored by high school coaches — 6 study insights

Written by Eric Oliver | May 14, 2018 | Print  |

Gainesville-based University of Florida researchers studied pitch count logging at the high school level, finding teams inaccurately tracked pitch counts, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Researchers studied 34 Florida-based high schools during the 2017 season. The pitchers in the study logged more than 14,000 pitches. The study was published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

Here's what you should know.

1. Researchers found coaches inaccurately logged pitch counts, resulting in pitchers exceeding the pitch count limit.

2. Approximately 42.4 percent of throws were unaccounted for.

3. Coaches frequently ignored bullpen and pregame warm-up throws as well.

4. Researchers determined a pitcher threw about 69 pitches a game. However, when factoring in warm-ups and bullpen throws, the average number rocketed to 119 pitches.

5. Approximately 57.6 percent of pitches are thrown in a game, 22.7 percent in a bullpen session and 19.7 percent in warm-ups.

6. The Florida High School Athletic Association created a mandated 105-pitch limit, and imposed a mandatory rest limit for pitchers that exceed the rule.

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