2010 BASEBALL. Umpires & Coaches Rules Interpretation Meeting. NSAA Dates. First Day of Practice – March 1 Umpire On-Line Tests Due – March 12 Supervised Tests – March 24 & 29 Umpire District/State Applications – On-Line Enter Schedule on NSAA Site First Contest – March 18
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2010 BASEBALL Umpires & Coaches Rules Interpretation Meeting
NSAA Dates • First Day of Practice – March 1 • Umpire On-Line Tests Due – March 12 • Supervised Tests – March 24 & 29 • Umpire District/State Applications – On-Line • Enter Schedule on NSAA Site • First Contest – March 18 • District Seeding Dates – Games through April 27 will count; April 28 assignments made & hosts sites secured; April 29 brackets posted on NSAA web site.) • District Tournament Dates – May 7-8, 10-11 • State Tournament – May 15, 17-20
Baseball Reminders • Season Begins - First Day of Practice (Organized Practice Rule – 4 players Prior to March 1.) • Athletes CANNOT participate on other teams (including tryouts) until the end of the state tournament. • Athletes can attend Camps/Clinics, but cannot physically participate. • Summer Legion Teams Begin May 16 (Week 46)
Contest Limits & Permissible Contests • Schedule = 24 dates during regular season, 4 tournament limit (not including districts and state) • Single Games & Doubleheaders • Double-Dual - four schools playing two pre-determined contests or two of the other schools in one day • Triangular - three schools playing two pre-determined contests in one day. • Tournament – 4 or more teams where winners continue to advance or compete until a champion is determined (straight bracket or pool play with championship criteria).
Permissible ContestsDefined • Four-team tournaments played over 2 consecutive days. • Eight-team tournaments played over 3 consecutive days. • Weather is an exception to the consecutive day rule. • No school can play more than 2 games in a day. • Once the season begins, a school cannot change its schedule for any reason. • Postponed games should be made up (if possible). • Reschedule games must be played prior to districts – May 6th last regular season date.
Reporting Scores • Schools must call in all scores. • Omaha World-Herald: 1-800-284-6397 or 402-444-1000. • Lincoln Journal Star: 1-800-742-7315 or 402-473-7431. • E-mail to email@example.com • District Seeding – April 29; All games through Tuesday, April 27 shall count.
Sportsmanship Penalties NSAA Coaches Ejection Policy First Ejections for Unsportsmanlike Conduct • Ineligible for the next athletic contest at that level of competition and any other athletic contest at any level during the interim. • Take and pass NFHS Sportsmanship on-line course in 10 days.
Sportsmanship Penalties NSAA Coaches Ejection Policy Second Ejection for Unsportsmanlike Conduct • Ineligible for the next two athletic contests at that level of competition and any other athletic contest at any level during the interim. • Take and pass NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching on-line course in 10 days.
Sportsmanship Penalties NSAA Coaches Ejection Policy End of the Season Ejections • Coaches ejected in the last game of the season, will be expected to take and pass the NFHS Sportsmanship Course (or Fundamentals of Coaching Course if second ejection) before being able to coach the following season or year.
Sportsmanship Penalties NSAA Player Ejection Policy First Ejection for Unsportsmanlike Conduct • Ineligible for the next athletic contest at that level of competition and any other athletic contest at any level during the interim. Second Ejection for Unsportsmanlike Conduct • Ineligible for the next two contests at that level of competition and all other athletic contests at any level during the interim. Third Ejection for Unsportsmanlike Conduct • Ineligible for the next three contests at that level of competition and all other athletic contests at any level during the interim.
Sportsmanship Penalties Multiple Ejections of a Coach or Player • When a school has students or coaches with multiple ejections, the school shall submit to the NSAA a written management plan on how it plans to remediate the problem.
2010 NFHS Baseball Rules Changes B. Elliot Hopkins, CAA NFHS Baseball Rules Editor
Rule 1-2-4The Field • When the dugout is temporarily extended, for any reason, it shall be extended toward the outfield on a line parallel to the foul line. The extension of the dugout area shall be equally applied for both teams. • Temporary extensions toward home plate are not permitted.
Rule 1-3-2Bats, Balls and Gloves • Current BESR -3 bats will be good for two more years. • Effective January 1, 2012. The bat which may be a wood or non-wood product shall be a smooth implement, from the top of the cap to the top of the knob. The cap of the bat and knob of the bat shall be permanently and securely fastened.
Rule 1-3-2 (continued) • Effective January 1, 2012. • All non-wood bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be labeled with a silk screen or other permanent certification mark. • The certification mark has to be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
Rule 1-3-2 (continued) Note: Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard bats are immediately legal as soon as they are available in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. • Rationale: The new standard would provide the performance of non-wood bats to be closer aligned with the performance of a wood bat. The BBCOR standard exceeds the current BESR standard.
BBCOR Bat Rule • BESR -3 standard bats will not be “grandfathered” into the new BBCOR standard in 2012 • Recently, the NCAA has placed a moratorium on composite bats based upon on-field performance irregularities. • The NFHS has currently not placed a moratorium on composite bats for this upcoming baseball season.
Rule 3-3-1g6Bench and Field Conduct • New Rule • Any member of the coaching staff who is not the head coach (or designee) in 3-2-4 leaves the vicinity of the dugout or coaching box to dispute a judgment call by an umpire… • For violation of g (6), Penalty. Both the head coach and the offending coach shall be restricted to the dugout for the remainder of the game, or if the offense is judged severe enough, the umpire may eject the offender and restrict or eject the head coach.
Rule 7-4-1fBatter is Out - Modified • The batter shall be called out when: f. any member of the offensive team or coach other than the runner(s) interferes with a fielder who is attempting to field a foul fly ball. • Previous rule the batter was automatically called out. • Runner is called out for interference not the batter. • Rationale: Does not penalize the batter for the runner’s mistake, if unintentional. NFHS rule is now aligned with other rule codes.
Intentional InterferenceBatter Can Still Be Called Out • The batter can be called out if the runner intentionally interferes with a fielder about to catch a foul fly ball. • Rule 8-4-2g….says the runner is out when he “hinders a fielder on his initial attempt to field a batted ball… If, in the judgment of the umpire, the runner interferes in any way to prevent a double play, two outs shall be declared (the runner who interfered and the other runner involved).”
Intentional InterferenceBatter Can Still Be Called Out Out #2: For hindering a fielder making an initial attempt to field a batted ball – The other runner involved (batter/runner) is also out. Out #1: Rule 8-4-2g ball is dead immediately, the runner at third is out for interference. Player Ejected Rule 3-3-1g 4 – runner at third is ejected for committing an unsportsmanlike act - behavior not in the accordance with the spirit of fair play.
Rule 1-4-2Uniforms • A pitcher shall not wear white or gray exposed undershirt sleeves or any white or gray sleeve that extends below the elbow. A vest and coordinating shirt that is worn underneath is viewed as a type of uniform top. • Rationale: Clarification.
Rule 6-1-3Set Position • The “Gorilla” stance is a legal set position as long as the pitcher’s arm does not swing. • If his arm is swinging, this is considered as a means to deceive the batter and runner(s). Any movement of the arm is considered the start of the pitching motion. Rationale: Clarification.
Rule 7-3-2Batting Infractions • Rule Change – The batter is out when he: • Art. 2 …Hits the ball fair, foul or foul tip while either foot or knee is touching the ground completely outside the lines of the batter’s box or touching home plate. • Rationale: Editorial to clarify when a batter attempts to bunt a ball and his knee is touching the ground outside of the batter box or touching home plate.
Rule 8-1-1d1Hit By Pitch • Old Rule – “makes no effort to avoid being hit” is replaced • New Language – The batter shall not be awarded first base if he permits a pitched ball to touch him (7-3-4), or if the umpire calls the pitched ball a strike, the hitting of the batter is disregarded except that the ball is dead. It is a strike or ball depending on location of the pitch. • Rationale: Allows umpire to grant hit by pitch if the batter freezes in the box and does not move.
IF THE BATTER INTENTIONALLY ALLOWS A PITCHED BALL TO TOUCH HIM BALL IS DEAD IMMEDIATELY THE BATTER REMAINS AT BAT STRIKE OR BALL IS CALLED DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF THE PITCH
Rule 9-1-1 ExceptionHow a Team Scores • Rule Change – The run does not score • …d. when a third out is declared during a play resulting from a valid defensive appeal, which results in a force out (this out takes precedence if enforcement of it would negate a score); or… • Rationale: Clarification makes the rule in line with the appeal procedure and when a run would not score because of a force out.
Altering of Bats • Altering of bats is on the rise. • To gain an illegal and unfair advantage by using an altered bat. • This practice will drive the cost of bats skyward, because governing bodies will require bat manufacturers to produce a “tamper-proof” or “tampered-notification” bat. • We have existing rule coverage to deal with altered bats but hope that a sense of fair play would preclude the need for additional legislation.
Concussions • Trauma to the brain (concussion) should be taken very seriously. • The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee is concerned that players are returning to competition prematurely. • Coaches NSAA web page has a “Sports Medicine” section which contains information on concussion.
Three-Foot Running Lane • To meet the requirement of the rule, the batter-runner should be entirely inside the running lane or outside of the running lane on the side opposite from which the throw is being made. • Example: Catcher is making the throw to first base on the fair side of the running lane, the batter-runner must be in the running lane or on the foul side.
Three-Foot Running Lane (continued) • If either foot is outside the running lane, the batter-runner is considered to be outside the running lane. • However, for the rule to be enforced, the defense must make a throw but is not required that the batter-runner is hit by the throw.
Inappropriate Player Behavior • Umpires, coaches and players need to work together for the benefit of the game and show greater respect for one another. • Coaches and umpires must curtail poor behavior by players after being called out – tossed bats & helmets, swearing need to stop. • We need to do a better job teaching young people to respect the authority of the umpire.
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