NCAA rules com­mit­tee tries to make games faster

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

OMAHA, Neb. — The NCAA Base­ball Rules Com­mit­tee unan­i­mously ap­proved two new rules in­tended to speed up the game. The eight-mem­ber com­mit­tee, which met this week in In­di­anapo­lis, set a 20-sec­ond limit be­tween pitches when no run­ners are on base and a 90-sec­ond limit be­tween in­nings dur­ing non-tele­vised games.

Bar­ring ma­jor ob­jec­tions from coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors, the NCAA Play­ing Rules Over­sight Panel will adopt the changes next month, said Ty Halpin, the NCAA as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor for play­ing rules ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Any­thing that helps ac­cel­er­ate games is wel­come, said Ray Tan­ner, the coach at na­tional cham­pion South Carolina.

“I’m very much a tra­di­tion­al­ist. How­ever, the game needs to speed up,” Tan­ner said Fri­day. “Most coaches would agree with that.”

Halpin said the be­tweenin­nings time limit would be flex­i­ble. One of the base um­pires would be in charge of mon­i­tor­ing the pitch and be­tween-in­nings clocks.

The rec­om­men­da­tions ba­si­cally mir­ror the rules used on an ex­per­i­men­tal ba­sis dur­ing the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment in May.

A pitcher risked hav­ing a ball added to the count if he vi­o­lated the 20-sec­ond rule. A bat­ter who stepped out of the box within five sec­onds of the clock ex­pir­ing risked hav­ing a strike added. A team of­fend­ing the be­tweenin­nings limit — set at 108 sec­onds to ac­com­mo­date tele­vi­sion — also faced hav­ing a ball or strike im­posed.

No vi­o­la­tions were re­ported at the SEC tour­na­ment, but just the threat of a penalty helped play move along.

Also, home-run cel­e­bra­tions will be cur­tailed. The rules com­mit­tee said play­ers can­not greet the home-run hit­ter at home plate and in­stead can go no far­ther than the warn­ing track area out­side the dugout.

Texas coach Augie Garrido said he’s heard no com­plaints about teams be­ing dis­re­spect­ful when cel­e­brat­ing.

“Ab­so­lutely it takes some of the fun out,” Garrido said. “The um­pires are go­ing to have a hell of a time car­ry­ing around a tape mea­sure to de­ter­mine what 15 feet is.”

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