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Regular Season Pitching Rules – Softball

Regulation VI – PITCHERS

(a) Any player on the team roster may pitch. EXCEPTION: A player who has attained a league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League.

(b) Minors/Little League (Majors): A player may pitch in a maximum of twelve (12) innings in a day. If a player pitches in seven (7) or more innings in a day, one calendar day of rest is mandatory. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning.

If a player pitched in seven (7) or more innings on (Column A), that player can pitch again on (Column B):


Column A                                Column B

Sunday                                     Tuesday

Monday                                   Wednesday

Tuesday                                   Thursday

Wednesday                             Friday

Thursday                                 Saturday

Friday                                      Sunday

Saturday                                  Monday


(c) Minor/Major: A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game but only once in the same inning as he/she was removed. A pitcher, withdrawn from the game offensively or defensively for a substitute, may not re-enter the game as a pitcher.

(d) Little League (Major) Division: Not more than five (5) pitchers per team shall be used in one game.



  1. Minors/Little League (Majors): If doubleheaders are played, the limitation of twelve (12) innings in a calendar day would apply to each pitcher. A pitcher who pitches in the first game may pitch in the second game provided that pitcher has eligibility remaining.
  2. There is no limit to the number of pitchers of a particular league age group on a team that can be used. EXCEPTION: A player who has attained a league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League.

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