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    Default Avg number of pitches per inning/game

    What are the average number of pitches per game (14U) and strike %? What should be acceptable?

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    Depending on the quality of hitters you are facing and your pitching abiliy and the defense you have behind you.. Could be as little as 3 pitches, to however many before the coach yanks you. Dont think there is a realistic generic answer for this one.

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    Games in Tournament ball vary so much that I don't know what a typical # would be. Most of the Tournaments I have seen, you have 3 inning mercy rules, 5 inning mercy rules, time limitations, or a complete 7 inning game.

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    Less than 15 pitches is good. I don't know the other answer.
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    Agree with Amy. 15 would be my estimate. Foul balls and full counts need to be considered.

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    I would say 12-15 is good anything over 20 would be where trouble starts.

    As for strike% that’s a diff story. Depends on the pitcher you need to throw strikes in most cases to get outs but I have seen some pitchers really get rocked by going out there and throwing nothing but strikes. There are pitchers that are known as effectively wild that are very successful.

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    Good question, don't know the answer for 14U softball. For Major League Baseball however the bar is 14 pitches per inning...anything less is good...anything more takes notice or is a concern.
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    DD is 11 yrs old but pitches for a 14U A team. She avgs 3.4 pitches per batter faced and First strike percentage is 65%, total strike % is 61%. She's had 5 walks out of 5 games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitchermom28 View Post
    DD is 11 yrs old but pitches for a 14U A team. She avgs 3.4 pitches per batter faced and First strike percentage is 65%, total strike % is 61%. She's had 5 walks out of 5 games.
    Good stuff.

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    I looked at stats from one of DD games last weekend and this is pretty typical for her.

    Innings - 6
    Total pitches - 97
    Batters Faced - 28
    Strike outs - 5
    Walks - 1
    Total strikes - 59 out of 97 = 61%
    1st pitch strikes - 16 out of 28 = 57%
    Pitches per batter - 3.5

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