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      VHSL Adopts New Pitching Rules

      56-1-1 Pitching Regulations - For the purposes of this rule, delivery of one pitchconstitutes having pitched in one inning. A pitcher may pitch in a maximum of nineinnings in one day but not more than fourteen innings in any seven dayconsecutive period. If a pitcher pitches in one inning for four consecutivedays that pitcher shall have one calendar day of rest from competition pitchingbeginning with the day following the fourth consecutive day a pitch is thrown.If a pitcher pitches in two or three innings in one day that pitcher shall haveone calendar day of rest from competition pitching beginning with the dayfollowing the first day a pitch is thrown.

      If a pitcher pitches four to seven innings in oneday that pitcher shall have two calendar days of rest from competition pitchingbeginning with the day following the first day a pitch is thrown. Furtherrestrictions regarding this section include:

      - After two days of rest apitcher may pitch a maximum of two innings.

      - After three days of rest apitcher may pitch a maximum of three innings.

      - After four days of rest apitcher may pitch to the limit of the rule.

      If a pitcher pitches in eight or nine innings in oneday that pitcher shall have three calendar days of rest from competitionpitching beginning with the day following the first day a pitch is thrown.

      - After three days of rest apitcher may pitch a maximum of two innings.

      - After four days of rest apitcher may pitch a maximum of three innings.

      - After five days of rest apitcher may pitch to the limit of the rule.

      This limitation applies to regular season as well as postseason play.

      56-1-2 Penalty--Violationof this rule constitutes use of an ineligible and forfeiture of any games inwhich such violation occurs. Additionally use of an ineligible carries a$100 fine for the offending school.

      56-1-3 Educational Points--The medical community generally uses 10 to 15 as an average of pitchesper inning. A pitcher's pregame, post-game and between appearanceprograms are critical in development an appropriate pitching program. Preseasonand early season programs should recognize acclimatization, progression ofpitches and physical fitness development of the athlete. Physicaldevelopment of the player, including age and fitness, should be considered inacclimatization and pitch progression. Fatigue (including arm,leg, general or a combination) should be strongly considered in the pitchingregulation process.

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