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2017 Little League Pitch Count Limits and Mandatory Rest Rules

Revised pitch count limits, longer mandatory rest periods, and other rule changes implemented by Little League Baseball in 2010 to reduce shoulder and elbow overuse injuries to youth baseball pitchers remain in effect for 2014.

Little League Rules Protect Pitchers' Arms

In 2007, Little League Baseball dropped its decades-old pitching rules - which limited pitchers age 12 and under to six innings per week and six innings per game, with the number of innings increasing for older age groups in favor of rules based on pitch count, with the number of allowable pitches based on the pitcher's age and with specific rest periods between pitching appearances when a pitcher reaches higher thresholds of pitches delivered in a day.  Revised rules go into effect for the spring 2010 baseball season.

Buying Baseball Equipment

Baseball requires more protective equipment than many sports.  To play baseball, each team needs baseballs, bats, batting helmets, and bases, and each player, of course, needs a glove.

Preventing Injuries in Youth Baseball

Of the nearly 500,000 youth baseball injuries treated in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms each year, many are preventable or could be reduced in severity if simple steps are taken.

Preventing Pitching Injuries in Youth Baseball

With spring youth baseball right around the corner, here are some ways to reduce the risk of baseball pitching injuries from overuse, poor pitching mechanics, and/or poor conditioning.

Many Injuries in Youth Baseball Are Preventable

Many of the injuries suffered by children and teens in youth baseball are preventable if certain precautions are taken, experts say.

Rule Requiring Safety-Release Bases Likely to Reduce Leg Injuries in Youth Baseball

Since 2007, Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® have mandated the use by all leagues of bases that disengage their anchor (e.g. "safety-release bases"). If your child is playing for another baseball or softball national organization you may want to check with them, as this rule pertains only to Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball®.

Safety-Release Bases In Baseball Are A Must

Regardless of the youth baseball program in which your child participates, make sure it uses breakaway bases. If they don't, do your best to encourage their use, since a large percentage of baseball injuries occur during sliding and can be prevented by use of safety-release bases.

Buying Baseball Gloves

Each player should have his or her own glove and should take the time to find one that is comfortable and fits well. Players, especially younger ones, should choose a smaller rather than larger glove, because a larger glove is more difficult to open and close quickly.

Buying Baseball Bats

Bats must be made completely from either wood or aluminum. Older, more competitive teams/leagues may not permit the use of aluminum but, until recently, this was fairly rare until the players reached the collegiate level.

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