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2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« on: August 21, 2010, 12:57:03 am »
Baseball Rules Committee Announces Changes in Rules
http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/072310aaa.html

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee has voted to implement rules that address the pace of play and proposed an alteration to the rules governing obstruction by fielders.
    
After allowing the use of a pitch and between innings clock experimentally last year, the committee voted to mandate the use of a timing device and implemented penalties for non-compliance. Current rules require pitchers to start their delivery in no more than 20 seconds without runners on base. This rule remains and an umpire will be required to monitor and enforce this time limit. Additionally, in non-televised games, umpires will enforce a 90 second limit between innings. The committee recommended a time limit for televised games of 108 seconds, which the Southeastern Conference used experimentally during the 2010 season. However, the committee acknowledged that the time between innings will continue to be a negotiable point in television agreements.
    
“The committee was pleased with the results of the clock experimentation last year,” said Gary Overton, chair of the committee and associate athletics director at East Carolina University. “We believe that enforcing these time limits will keep the pace of the game moving without artificially altering the game.”
    
In this proposal, conferences may choose to use a visible clock and assign a qualified operator (e.g., back-up umpire) to administer these rules.

The committee also proposed a slight change to the obstruction rules, in an effort to provide fielders the ability to make a play on a thrown ball during a play at a base. Previously, any contact made between a fielder and runner could be called obstruction unless the fielder had possession of the ball. In the new proposal, a fielder that has established himself will be provided the opportunity to field the throw without penalty.

“This change is being made after careful consideration of our current rule and how this play was adjudicated previously,” said Overton. “The rules governing collisions and dangerous plays have not changed, but the committee believes the fielder must be allowed some room to make a play on a thrown ball.”
    
The committee plans to collect and distribute numerous video examples to assist umpires, coaches and student-athletes with the understanding of this rules change. During pickoff plays, an exception was approved that requires the fielder to have possession of the ball before any contact with the runner occurs.
    
The committee’s proposals will be sent to the membership for comment and be reviewed by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel at their August meeting.
    
The committee approved two points of emphasis for this rules cycle as well, which covers the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The relationship between coaches and umpire is an area of continued concern and the management of the pace of play/batter’s box rules are the points the committee believes require additional attention.

“The committee recognizes the need for coaches and umpires to continue to engage in healthy discussion and explanation of the rules without creating unneeded delays in the game and unsporting conduct,” Overton said. “This is the balance we’re trying to achieve.”

In other actions, the committee:  

- Limited offensive team personnel to the area (recommended to be 15 feet) outside the dugout during home run celebrations.

-Will allow the experimental use of re-entry rules for Division III institutions in response to requests for additional participation opportunities. In this experimental phase, mutual consent of both coaches must be in place (or conference policy), similar to the use of the 10-run rule. The re-entry rule allows a starter to return to the game after being substituted for, but he must return to the same position in the lineup. The pitcher and designated hitter may not re-enter the game once removed.

2011 NCAA BBCOR Bat Standard - This will result in bats that will have less pop and trampoline effect with the performance level being 5-6% less than 2010 bats. Moment of Inertia Tests will prevent the bulk of the weight being near the handle which makes the bat swing faster than barrel weighted bats.(See detail article in COLLEGIATE BASEBALL  SEPT. 3 2010 issue for full details)

http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/rules/baseball/bats/NCAA%20BBCOR%20Protocol%20FINAL%205%2009.pdf
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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010, 05:33:24 pm »
What are the penalties for noncompliance of the pitching rule?
I very much hope I never see a D-III game that allows reentry. Are there coaches who also want courtesy runners for pitchers and catchers?

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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010, 12:43:40 am »
What are the penalties for noncompliance of the pitching rule?
I very much hope I never see a D-III game that allows reentry. Are there coaches who also want courtesy runners for pitchers and catchers?

The current rule in the current rule book states:

SECTION 5. A ball is:
e. Called by the umpire when, with the bases unoccupied, the pitcher
fails to deliver the ball within 20 seconds after receiving the ball (see
9-2-c).

I guess we will see if anything changes when the NCAA publishes the 2011 Rule book for Baseball.

Like always the NCAA messing with something they need to leave alone in my opinion. Sometimes they change rules I think just to change rules desired by a few. I really wonder what the vote would be IF the Head Baseball coaches had a vote in these rule changes if it would pass by a Majority vote. 
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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes (Bats)
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2010, 04:36:43 pm »
So when are the bat manufacturers going to start identifying the bats that meet this standard?  I just checked a couple of the bat catalogs we just got and they only reference BESR certified bats.  Seems they would want to be getting th new ones out there as fall practices start tomorrow. 

Also, will the HS's start going by this standard now?  I've read conflicting things about this - some say Jan 2012 and some say Jan 2011. 

I've got a college and HS player that both need bats and I'm hesitant to do anything at this point.

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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2010, 06:09:24 pm »
Following rulings by the NCAA and the NFHS, both have adopted new performance standards for the 2010-2011 season. 

 If you are buying a new baseball bat be sure to buy one which is certified "BBCOR"  (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution).  BESR certified bats are no longer sufficient for the NCAA or High School play. 

BBCOR bats are coming into production by the major bat manufacturers over the next two months and should be widely available by October. Please check with your high school coach or college coach to see if there are any local deviations from this standard. There are some High Schools and Colleges that are in Wood bat leagues during the regular season. Also due to replacement cost at the local High Schools you want to make sure before your buy. Many D3 baseball programs have team bats shared and used by all.

Many teams used wood bats in the fall and switch to the metal bats in Spring.

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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2010, 02:55:59 pm »
Actually the rules on this vary by state at the High School level. California has adopted BBCOR for this upcoming season (Spring 2011):

http://www.cifstate.org/media/pdf/CIF%20Tighten%20Bat%20Standard%20release.pdf

The other states are waiting until the following year (Spring 2012) assuming they are following NHSF rules.

Colleges are all on BBCOR as of this school year. A list of available bats can be found here:

http://m-5.eng.uml.edu/umlbrc/ncaa_certified_bats.asp#results

Simply select  "NCAA 2011+ Seasons" in the league approval field and it will return a list of BBCOR bats.

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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2010, 03:06:22 pm »
Actually the rules on this vary by state at the High School level. California has adopted BBCOR for this upcoming season (Spring 2011):

http://www.cifstate.org/media/pdf/CIF%20Tighten%20Bat%20Standard%20release.pdf

The other states are waiting until the following year (Spring 2012) assuming they are following NHSF rules.

Colleges are all on BBCOR as of this school year. A list of available bats can be found here:

http://m-5.eng.uml.edu/umlbrc/ncaa_certified_bats.asp#results

Simply select  "NCAA 2011+ Seasons" in the league approval field and it will return a list of BBCOR bats.
Thanks for the details and clarification on the high schools. I know as in the past many high schools deviate from the NFHS rule set. I was suprised to find out there are high school leagues in this country that are wood bat only along with some JC leagues at the college level. As always to be safe wait and check with the coach or you could have a expensive bat you will not be able to use in the Spring.

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This... is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball.  "There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2010, 05:48:19 pm »
For what it is worth, initial comments from several different D1 players who have tried the new BBCOR bats say that they have much less pop than the BESR bats. One even commented to me that he felt that the maple wood bat he used this summer had more pop.

If so, I think this is great. To me, the standard should be set in a way that results in the choice between metal and wood as a push. Perhaps the Metal is better on jam jobs and the wood is better when you hit it square - but it is not an easy choice. Right now, under BESR, it is a no brainer to use a metal bat over a wood bat.

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« Last Edit: September 08, 2010, 01:17:57 am by CrashDavisD3 »
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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2010, 05:13:15 pm »
Thanks Crash and Piobark:  The link to the approved bats is great.  Seems like the NCAA and NFHS are doing their part to help the economy of the bat manufacturers.  I like wood too, but I think we are entering a period where the pitchers are going to dominate again - especially in HS.  Not sure which you like more - the 2-1 ballgame or the 10-9 slugfest, but I can tell you which one you are going  to see more of.  Guess this will put the emphasis back on speed, defense and bunting - I've been missing all those - we may even see defensive specialists make a comeback.

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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2010, 05:26:25 pm »
The bat changes will indeed change games. Teams that can Pitch, Play Defense, Play Small Ball, Steal Bases, Bunting runners over, Hit and Run will be winning more games that the teams that score 10 or more runs per game and hope to outscore the other teams. Team batting averages could drop 50 to 100 points over prior years. Runs scored per game will drop in half is my prediction.

This summer in the Collegiate Wood Bat Cape Cod League team batting averages ranged from .223 to .254 over 44 games. . Team ERA's ranged from 2.21 to 3.65 in Cape Cod also this summer.

Will the new BBCOR bats perform similar to wood ? I guess we will find out...soon enough.

Could be like Dodger games in the 60's. Get a walk, steal 2nd,  Bunt runner over to 3rd. Sac Fly scores run. Game score 1-0.
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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2010, 08:07:43 pm »
In looking at the stats for the WCL Portland (which is filled with Juco, NAIA and D3 players) which is also a wood bat league,

Team averages ranged from .244 to .292.
Team ERAs were 3.52 to 4.98

I suspect given BESR bats it would have been more like .300 to .400 and eras in the 5.00 to 6.00 range.

Having watched a lot of Cape Cod and WCL games over the years, it is fun baseball. Nothing wrong with a little strategy.

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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2010, 09:00:33 pm »
If they pass re-entry I'll be more disappointed than I've ever been in a coaches association.  That's a joke.  If we're going to go that route, let's just go with courtesy runners for the catcher and put a keg of beer at second base.
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Re: 2011 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2010, 10:20:35 pm »
I wish the NCAA could keep their hands off the rule book and leave it alone. The bat rule I understand all the other ones are not necessary
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