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2020 NFHS POINTS OF EMPHASIS AND HOW TO FOLLOW THEM

THIS RULE APPLIES TO NFHS NFHS POINTS OF EMPHASIS AND HOW TO FOLLOW THEM By Brady Hood Each year NHFS compiles a list of rules for coaches and officials to emphasize during the course of the baseball season. This year there are six rules that will require extra attention. Ending a regulation game The first […]

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IF THE ASTROS CHEATING SCANDAL HAPPENED IN HIGH SCHOOL

As the fallout from the Houston Astro’s cheating scandal continues, one can wonder what effect, if any, will this have on amateur baseball at the high school level. This spring all over the country teams will take the field aiming for the same goal, to win a state championship. Part of what makes high school […]

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Pitch Clock Goes to College

NCAA Baseball Requires Pitch Clock in 2020 It is hard to determine the direction of the flow but the exchange of information, game trends, scouting and even hiring choices has been connecting NCAA baseball and MLB for decades. Top college coaches have used drills, analytics and metric driven game strategy in advance of many major […]

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Rule of the Week: Hidden Ball Trick

What You Don’t Know About the Hidden Ball Trick One of baseball’s rarest plays, the hidden ball trick, is simultaneously gratifying and embarrassing. If you’re the fielder who pulls off this bit of defensive magic, it becomes one of the more satisfying moments of the season. If you’re the embarrassed runner, well, there is no […]

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Rule of the Week: Follow Through Interference

Pro rules have nary a reference to follow through interference. Instead, it is referred to as “back swing” interference. The golfing world knows the difference. Follow through vs. back swing The follow through is the continuing movement of the bat after the ball is struck or missed – the completion of the swinging motion. The […]

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Rule of the Week: Runner’s Lane

Runner’s Lane The purpose of the three-foot wide lane (aka 45’ lane) along the last half of the distance between home and first base in foul territory is widely misunderstood. It only applies when the ball is being thrown to first base from the area of the plate (roughly from behind the runner), and none […]

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Rule of the Week: Pitching Change

One of the standard rules in all baseball codes is the pitcher named in the starting batting order must pitch to the first batter or any substitute until that batter completes his “at bat” (reaches first base or is put out) (NFHS 3-1-1, NCAA 5-5b, OBR 5.10f). The rule is excepted if the pitcher is […]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

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Note: This list includes only functional differences. In other words, in cases where there is no rules provision in one code or a minor difference and the guidelines are to treat as essentially the same in both codes, no listing is included. Also, full detail is not provided in some cases; the reader is encouraged […]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 10-1a

The home team, conference commissioner or tournament director shall appoint the official scorer. [OBR: No rules provision.]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 9-4e, 4-7b AR

A pitcher who leaves the mound but remains in the game may return only once a game as long as the pitcher was not removed on the second trip in an inning. [OBR 5.10d Comment: A pitcher who leaves the mound but remains in the game may return to pitch once an inning.]