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New high school baseball pitching rule instituted this spring

Eric Sucar
North Brunswick's Sean Youngman hurls to a Monroe hitter during the game at North Brunswick High School on April 14.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), which is the governing body for scholastic sports in New Jersey, has instituted a rule change regarding pitching that goes into effect for this spring’s baseball season.

The season is scheduled to start April 1.

The rule states that pitchers will be required to rest a specific number of days based on how many pitches they throw: 91-110 (that is the limit), four days; 71-90, three days; 51-70, two days; and 31-50, one day.

Also, the rule states that pitchers who throw fewer than 31 pitches can enter a game the next day but cannot have thrown more than 50 pitches on consecutive days. Finally, no pitcher can throw three calendar days in a row, and no pitcher can throw more than 140 pitches over a “rolling” five-day period.

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