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01-16-2010, 02:42 AM
2010 BASEBALL RULE VIDEO SCRIPT – FINAL 11/19/09


1. Introduction
Hello, my name is Gene McArtor, NCAA National Coordinator for Baseball Umpires, and I am pleased to bring you this video for 2010 NCAA baseball. As you may be aware, there are no rule changes or new points of emphasis changes for 2010, as this will be the second year of a two year rules cycle. However, there have been some clarifications of troublesome rules and interpretations of rules which should be of benefit to coaches, student-athletes, umpires, teams, and fans as they prepare for the upcoming season.

2. Rule 1-3c Coaches Boxes Clarification
A rule change in 2009 reemphasized that coaches should be within the confines of the coaching box with both feet at the time of the pitch. However, for potential safety reasons, the base coach can legally be positioned outside the coaching box if farther away from home plate. In previous practice many times the coaching box rule was not enforced but upon complaint by the opposing coach, all base coaches were required to be inside the coaching box. By rule 1-3c, a coach can legally be farther away from home plate than the boundaries of the coaching box and should not be required to move into the box.

3. Rule 5-8 Regulation Game and Rule 5-9 Halted Game Clarification
Most conferences have policies in place for determining the outcome of a regulation game or using the halted game provisions of. In conference play, umpires and coaches should be aware of those procedures. However, on occasion in non conference play there is a lack of pregame agreement as to whether the halted game procedures will apply. To use the halted game procedures, agreement should be understood and mutually agreed upon by both institutions before the start of the contest. Umpires should confirm this information with both coaches at the pregame conference. If no agreement is reached prior to the contest to use the halted game procedures, then the regulation game procedures will apply.

4. Rule 1-14 Uniforms Clarification
By rule, it is the responsibility of the visiting team to wear a contrasting uniform color to the jersey worn by the home team. From a practical standpoint, it is not always possible for the visiting team to change to a contrasting color while on the road. It is highly recommended that home game management notify visiting institutions well in advance of the contest what jersey color they will be wearing and the visiting team has the responsibility to wear a contrasting color. If this notification is not provided or teams cannot adjust in time to wear contrasting colors, the contest will be played as scheduled. This is not a situation for protest or forfeit, but a game management issue for the participating institutions.



5. Rule 5-2f Radar Gun Use Clarification
There has been some confusion in recent years related to the use of radar guns during contests. In some cases, conferences address this issue and current post season championship regulations do prohibit the use of radar guns. However, rule 5-2f does not specifically mention nor prohibit their use and therefore are allowed. However, similar to pitch charting or videotaping, any use of radar guns should be by non-uniformed personnel, should occur only from the area behind home plate, and any information should not be transmitted to the playing field, dugouts, or other team personnel. In addition, for regular season play, the rules do not prohibit use of pitch speed displays in stadiums as long as they are consistent for both institutions.

6. Rule 1-14, Rule 9-2h Pitching Uniforms Clarification
There is nothing in the NCAA baseball rules that prohibit the wearing of a neoprene or similar type sleeve by a pitcher. However the regulations in rule 1-14d and 9-2h do apply. Therefore, similar to an undershirt, it may not be white, the ends may not be torn or ragged, must be a solid color, and must match the color of teammates undershirts. Since undershirts must have sleeves of the same length, a pitcher would need to wear a similar type and color of sleeve on the glove arm as well or wear an undershirt meeting all criteria over the top of the exposed neoprene type sleeve.
Also, as a reminder, per Rule 9-2h, pitchers may not wear a garment with ragged or frayed sleeves, may not attach tape or other metal of a color different from the uniform or glove to the glove, arms, or clothing and may not wear a batting or other glove under his glove. He may not wear jewelry or other items considered distracting such as chains, white logos, wrist bands, or loose lacing on his glove.

7. Rule 1-12b Non Wood Bats
At the time of this video, the rules committee has placed a moratorium on the use of any bat with a composite barrel. Therefore, as of this time, these bats are to be considered illegal. Any bat being used in a contest would be declared illegal and removed from the game if discovered prior to the first pitch of an at-bat, or the hitter would be declared out with no base runners advancing if detected after an at-bat starts. Bats with a composite handle or composite transition area are not included in this decision.
A list of composite barrel bats will be made available to umpires to utilize if a bat is challenged as being illegal due to having a composite barrel. If a bat is challenged as being illegal for any other reason, the umpire would view and determine and penalize if applicable as they have always done.
Since this determination on bats continues to evolve, institutions and umpires should continue to monitor and be aware of the latest rules committee decisions in this regard.

8. Orchestrated Dugout Activity
This issue has been addressed by the rules committee and included in the category of bench jockeying or unsportsmanlike conduct. Enthusiasm, verbal encouragement for ones own team, and some rally activities are a major part of the college game. When that activity is designed or planned to distract or intimidate the opposing pitcher or team then it has crossed the line of good sportsmanship. Activities such as abusive verbal comments, towel waving, banging of noise makers, or other orchestrated team activities, especially those which coincide with an opposing pitcher’s delivery can only be interpreted by umpires as poor sportsmanship, not enthusiasm. Coaches and players are asked to conduct themselves in the spirit of the rule and umpires are asked not to allow any tolerance for activities which cross the line. Warnings and other penalties are in place in the rules if necessary.



9. Rule 5-2c, Rule 5-2d, Rule 5-4d Dugout Personnel
The rules require team personnel to remain in the dugout, bullpen, or dead ball areas. Typically, this has been interpreted as during all live balls. Recently there have been more and more situations where team members leave the dugout to celebrate or congratulate teammates while the ball is still alive. Since there is always a risk of interference with a fielder or interference with a live ball, team personnel should be instructed to stay in the dugout during these live ball situations and umpires should enforce with a warning for the first offense followed by ejection of one of the offending players for subsequent offenses.
Coaches are also asked to instruct and umpires are to enforce rule 5-2d following a home run. No offensive team members other than base coaches should touch the batter-runner before home plate has been touched and no team personnel other than preceding base runners should enter the dirt area. Umpires should aid enforcement by their communication, positioning, and warnings or ejections as necessary.

10. Appendix E Getting the Call Right Clarifications
Appendix E of the rule book outlines the procedures for the changing of a call by an umpiring crew. In general, the umpire making the call must be the one to seek assistance and is the ultimate decision maker on changing a call. Umpires are not to seek help on plays on which they are 100% confident in their judgment and view. Only those calls in which their view may be blocked or if they have doubt or if they may not have seen a crucial element of the play can be reviewed. The NCAA rules currently provide no opportunity for the use of replay or video to assist in the decision to change or not change a call.
There are seven specific situations or plays which can lead to an umpire conference:
1. Home run is fair or foul (or any ball leaving live ball territory)
2. Batted ball left the field for home run or ground rule double
3. Foul tip dropped or trapped by catcher
4. Foul fly ball caught or not caught
5. Ball dropped or juggled after tag or force play
6. Spectator interference plays
7. Balk calls with pitcher’s foot off the rubber
The umpire conference, if called should include other umpires who would likely have the best position and knowledge of the play or the crew chief might bring together the entire crew. Coaches should be sent back to their dugouts or position and the discussion should take place well away from players or coaches. The ultimate goal is to get the call correct. However, these procedures do not allow a conference in many situations, whether requested by a coach or not, and many calls are not reversible and therefore a conference is not applicable.
Any umpire conference to discuss the change of a call must occur prior to the next pitch or play in the game. After that point in time, NO changes in a prior call are allowed. There is to be no arguing the final decision made by the umpires, although if a call is changed, the opposing coach should be provided an explanation

11. Point of Emphasis – Pace of Play
The baseball rules committee continues to emphasize pace of play as a major point of emphasis for 2010. In addition, the baseball committee and many others identify improving pace of play as a major need in NCAA baseball. While the rules committee feels that progress has been made, it is hoped that continued improvement can occur without additional rules to address the topic.
While all recognize the unique aspects of the sport of baseball which has no clock, coaches, student-athletes, and umpires all need to assume a joint responsibility to teach and adhere to the current rules and have a desire to assist in pace of play issues.
A few of these include:
Rule 7-1c. This batters box rule indicates that with a few exceptions, batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box throughout the time at-bat. Coaches should instruct and teach this of their hitters and umpires should consistently and constantly encourage and enforce this rule.
Rule 7-1b. By rule, the batter should not leave the batter’s box after the pitcher has come to the set position or starts his windup unless permission is granted by the umpire. Again, umpires should consistently and constantly follow this rule. While time out can or should be granted for safety reasons or cases of a pitcher freezing a hitter by taking an unreasonable amount of time. Other time outs should not be given.
Rule 9-2c. This rule requires the pitcher to deliver the ball within 20 seconds of receiving the ball with the bases unoccupied. Even without clocks, most violations of this rule are obvious and coaches and umpires should communicate and, if necessary, penalize violations of this rule.
Other mechanics and procedures can be included in umpire and game management instruction and training including summoning the first batter of an inning in a timely manner, limiting time between innings, putting a new ball in play, restrictions on walk up music and video boards, announcing hitters, and length of conferences with hitters, pitchers, and umpires. In all of these situations, umpires are asked to consistently encourage, communicate, and when necessary enforce the penalties for non compliance. Coaches can assist in this endeavor without compromising coaching and strategy needs.

12. Definition of Tag Interpretation
Rule 2-74 The action of a fielder in touching a base with any part of the body while holding the ball securely and firmly in the hand or glove, or touching a runner with the ball or with the glove while holding the ball securely and firmly in that hand or glove is the definition of a tag. As an interpretation, the fielder shall maintain or regain control of his body and if he drops the ball due to his lack of body control or lack of control of the ball, it is not a tag. A voluntary release is substantive proof of complete control.

13. Obstruction/Interference Interpretations
As an example situation, runners R1 and R2. On a double steal, the batter interferes with the catcher’s attempt to retire the lead runner. Because of the interference, the catcher throws to 2B to retire R1. R2 advances to 3B. By this interpretation, if the catcher throws and the batter interferes, but the throw directly results in retiring the runner, the ball remains alive and the interference is disregarded. If the catcher has attempted to throw, but is unable to do so or his throw does not immediately retire the first runner being played against the ball becomes dead The batter is out for interference and all runners return to the last base legally touched before the interference. The rationale for this interpretation is if the out is allowed on the second runner and the interference were to be disregarded, the offense has advanced the lead runner one base which is a disadvantage for the defensive team.

14. Rule 9-1a Windup
There are some pitchers, especially at the professional levels, who raise their arms above their heads, stop, take a deep breath, lower their hands and arms, come to a stop, and then restart their delivery to the plate. Per NCAA rules pitchers are not allowed to stop or pause their motion and, by rule, their delivery should be one uninterrupted continuous motion. Otherwise this would be an illegal pitch. With no runners on base the penalty is a warning on the first offense and an illegal pitch shall be called on subsequent offenses. With runners on base a balk shall be called.

15. Rule 9-4 End of Pitching Conference
An interpretation in 2009 indicated that a pitching conference ends when a coach is ejected for arguing balls and strikes while still on the mound. Any additional requests for a conference shall begin a new conference and the pitching rules in Rule 9-4 shall apply.

16. Conclusion
This concludes our discussion of the 2010 rule clarifications and interpretations. We hope the information has been helpful in preparing for the 2010 NCAA college baseball season. We thank Tom Hiler for his work in assisting to put this video together. Any questions or comments or suggestions for future rule changes are welcome to myself or Jim Paronto, NCAA Secretary rules-editor. We hope that the 2010 season is a great one for all.

heyblue26
01-17-2010, 08:54 AM
That was very informative information enjoyed reading about it even though I do not call this level of baseball it was very good information thanks..