Varsity Extra

Idaho approves draft for high school baseball pitch count limit

Timberline’s Jake Randall pitches against Lake City in the first round of the 5A baseball state tournament at Memorial Stadium on May 19.
Timberline’s Jake Randall pitches against Lake City in the first round of the 5A baseball state tournament at Memorial Stadium on May 19. For the Idaho Statesman

The Idaho High School Activities Association passed its first pitch count limit for high school pitchers Tuesday at its board meeting in Twin Falls, but IHSAA Executive Director Ty Jones pointed out it can still be tweaked.

The board will need to vote again on the limits at its Dec. 6 meeting before the rule takes effect in the spring.

“We’ll send out a preliminary plan that we voted on to the schools and kind give them a chance for a little more input,” Jones said. “But most of the schools have weighed in already with their votes. They are already expecting it to happen.”

The criteria for varsity pitchers passed Tuesday includes:

▪  No pitcher can throw more than 110 pitches in a game. If he hits the 110 limit while facing a batter, he can finish the at-bat.

▪  Any pitcher throwing 86 or more pitches must have three days of rest before pitching again.

▪  Any pitcher throwing 61-85 pitches must have two days of rest.

▪  Any pitcher throwing 36-60 pitches must have one day of rest.

▪  Any pitcher throwing 35 or fewer pitches can pitch on consecutive days. But he can’t surpass 60 pitches in two days.

▪  No pitcher can throw on three straight days no matter how pitches he’s thrown.

The National Federation of State High School Associations instructed all 50 states to establish pitch counts this summer. Like the majority of states, Idaho previously limited its pitchers by innings instead of pitches.

SWIMMING PASSES FIRST HURDLE

The IHSAA board passed a first measure to add swimming to its list of sanctioned sports Tuesday. The measure will need to pass a final board vote Dec. 6 and nail down details such as what events will be included, when it will start, how many members are needed for a team and how the state meet will be run.

Swimming currently operates as a fall club sport, and Jones estimates 30-40 schools in the state have at least 10 members on their club teams.

“There are a 1,000 kids, or pretty close, that swim in the state of Idaho right now,” Jones said. “... That’s as many as we have for some of our other activities.”

Only 30 district superintendents weighed in to the IHSAA, and Jones said the board is seeking more input before December. Half of those that responded supported adding swimming, Jones said.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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