Okay. I have been out of umpiring and coaching for a few years enjoying my kids in their prospective sports and working on my masters. Both the baseball coach and softball coach have stepped down within a short period of time. My kids go to school with me, so I will be at the games anyway since they are playing. They got me to coach both. Baseball pitching rules have changed and I have no clue what I am doing with softball, but that is another story.
So with the new pitch count rule, I am at a small school. 40 per grade level or less pretty much. So I am not going to have a lot of pitching. So I am trying to think creatively in case a situation comes up. I have to download an app and wait for my state agency to load the book on my app, so I am in a holding pattern on that.
My question is, can a pitcher come out of the game in the middle of an inning or otherwise, go to a new position, then re-enter as pitcher from a new position on the field. For example, I have my number 1 in the rotation going. He pitches to hitters 1-6. To save him from using pitches, can I move him to RF, bring the RF in to pitch to 7-9, then switch them back? I believe that was something I could do before. I coached during the inning count days where it was X amount of innings and a partial inning counted as a whole, so wasn't really something I contemplated back then. I just see this as a way to save some pitches from him, to allow him to go deeper into games that we are sticking with the other team in.
(NFHS, but Tennessee Middle School if it makes a difference between states for any reason on pitch count rules)