Metal spikes: are allowed for 13u and older age divisions except the pitchers on Portable Mounds. a. Metal Spikes for 13 and 14u WILL NOT be allowed on any portable pitching mounds. The pitcher will be removed from the pitching position if caught wearing metal cleats on a portable pitching mound.
Pony Baseball’s Pony division (13-14 year olds) play on fields whose pitching distance is 54 feet and whose base paths measure 80 feet.
13U Baseball Field Dimensions
How big are 13U baseball fields? In 13U 54/80 baseball, both right and left field are 275 feet from home plate while center field is 300 feet from home plate. In 13U 60/90 baseball, both right and left field are 320 feet from home plate while center field is 375 feet from home plate.
13 And 14-Year-Olds
An average fastball from this age range is anywhere from 55 mph (on the low side) to 75 mph. A pitcher throwing 75 mph is better than most people for this age, and their fastball is at a high school quality. An average changeup for this age is approximately around the 50-60 mph mark.
The league age pitch counts for Little League Baseball® are as follows: Ages 13-16 – 95 pitches per day. Ages 11-12 – 85 pitches per day. Ages 9-10 – 75 pitches per day.
Starting January 1st, 2020, in all 13U Events all Players and all Teams must use a max drop of 8 (-8).
New 13U/14U Rule for USSSA
Effective January 1, 2020 all 13U events and all Teams in 13U events must use a maximum of drop 8 (-8) bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF mark permanently stamped.
Starting January 1, 2020, all 13U baseball events and all teams in 13U events must use a maximum drop-8 or minus-8 bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark permanently stamped. All 14U events and all teams in 14U events must use a maximum drop-5 or minus-5 bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark permanently stamped.
An ERA between 2.00 and 3.00 is also considered excellent and is only achieved by the best pitchers in the league. An ERA between 3.00 and 4.00 is above-average.
Metal spikes may be worn in divisions 13U and older. Any player catching must wear all necessary protective gear including a catcher’s helmet with a facemask, throat guard (separately attached or built in), chest protector, chin/leg guards, and an athletic supporter.
(Typically 60’ Pitching Distance)
|Age||Daily Max (Pitches in Game)||1 Days Rest|
Pitchers who are 13-16 should throw a maximum of 95 pitches; 13- and 14-year-olds need four days rest when they reach 66 pitches, and 15- and 16-year-olds need four days rest when they reach 76.
(b) The distance between the point of home base and the front side of the pitcher’s plate shall be forty-eight (48) feet.
All USSSA bats have a 1.15 Bat Performance Factor, which essentially measures how fast the ball comes off the bat at impact. In general, this standard allows USSSA bats to have more “pop” than other youth bats.
Headfirst slides are only permitted when retreating to a base. If a player headfirst slides attempting to advance into a base, they will be called out. A runner will be called out if he or she attempts to leap over a fielder making a tag. This is considered an unsafe act.
If it’s BBCOR, the most common bat size is 31/28, followed by 32/29. If you’re in USSSA or USA, the correct bat size for most 13-year-olds is a 32/27.
James Andrews (renowned orthopaedic surgeon and medical director for the Andrews Institute) recommends that youth pitchers refrain from throwing curveballs until they have mastered the fastball and change-up and are at least 14 years old4.
13 and 14 Year Olds
The pitchers in the 13 and 14 year old age group can be heavily involved in travel baseball, or finishing up their Little League experience. A typical fastball from this age group is anywhere from 55 mph (on the low side) to 75 mph.
This is answered for every age imaginable, if you search the forums for details. Short answer is is 55-60 mph.
Pitchers in the Little League World Series throw fastballs 60-70+ mph. Only a few pitchers touched 70+ mph in 2015 and 2016. One man-child hit 81 mph on the radar. This velocity is almost unhittable from 46 feet and extremely rare for a 13 year old.
Division III players have a pitching velocity of 77 miles per hour to 82 miles per hour on average.
Average freshman pitcher (14 to 15 year old) cruising speed would be about 70 mph. Average cruising speed for a good high school pitching prospect at 14 to 15 years old would be about 75 mph.
Baseball players between the ages of 10 and 11 are encouraged to use a bat with a length of 28 inches to 30 inches. Players between age 12 and 13 will be best served with a bat that has a length of 29 inches to 32 inches.