2019 NFHS BASEBALL RULES POWERPOINT National Federation of

2019 NFHS BASEBALL RULES POWERPOINT National Federation of

2019 NFHS BASEBALL RULES POWERPOINT National Federation of State High School Associations Take Part. Get Set For Life. B. Elliot Hopkins, MLD, CAA Director of Sports, Sanctioning and Student Services WELCOME TO THE 2019 NFHS BASEBALL RULES INTERPRETERS WEBINAR Connect to Meeting using Phone:

Dial Audio Pin (Click Phone Icon, Find Audio Pin, Dial Pin in Phone) Last Code in Grey Box (Example: *999#) All attendees will be unmuted before and during the webinar Please take conscientious measures to ensure you are in a quiet location to minimize distracting background noise. Thanks again for participating in the 2019 NFHS Baseball Rules Interpreters Webinar! NFHS CORPORATE PARTNER

www.nfhs.org NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS NFHS (located in Indianapolis, IN Est. 1920): National leadership organization for high school sports and fine arts activities; National authority on interscholastic activity programs. Conducts national meetings; Sanctions interstate events; Produces national publication for high school administrators;

National source for interscholastic coach training and national information center. www.nfhs.org NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS Membership = 50 member state associations and D.C. NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. www.nfhs.org

NFHS RULES REVIEW COMMITTEE The NFHS Rules Review Committee is chaired by the chief operating officer and composed of all rules editors. After each committee concludes its deliberations and has adopted its recommended changes for the subsequent year, such revisions will be evaluated by the Rules Review Committee. Davis Whitfield Chief Operating Officer Lindsey Atkinson Volleyball and Girls

Lacrosse Bob Colgate Football and Sports Medicine Sandy Searcy Softball, Swimming & Diving and Water Polo Elliot Hopkins Baseball and Wrestling

Julie Cochran Cross Country, Gymnastics, Field Hockey and Track & Field James Weaver Boys Lacrosse and Spirit Theresia Wynns Basketball and Soccer

Dan Schuster Ice Hockey www.nfhs.org NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Publishes 4 million pieces of materials annually. www.nfhs.org

NFHS RULES BOOK AS E-BOOKS E-books features: Searchable Highlight areas of interest Make notes Desktop laptop availability Easy navigation Adjustable viewing size Immediate availability

www.nfhs.org GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS AND STATE ASSOCIATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION OF ACCOMMODATIONS www.nfhs.org NFHS BASEBALL RULE CHANGES Rule Change PIVOT FOOT AND PITCHING PLATE

RULE 6-1-3 Pitchers are no longer required to have their entire pivot foot in contact with the pitchers plate. This change recognizes that many mounds are in the type of condition that it is problematic for the pitcher to have his entire pivot foot in contact with the pitchers plate.

Legal www.nfhs.org Rule Change PIVOT FOOT AND PITCHING PLATE RULE 6-1-3 The pitcher shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the

pitchers plate and with his pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitchers plate. Illegal www.nfhs.org Rule Change PIVOT FOOT AND PITCHING PLATE RULE 6-1-3

ART. 3 . . . For the set position, the pitcher shall have the ball in either his gloved hand or his pitching hand. His pitching hand shall be down at his side or behind his back. Before starting his delivery, he shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the pitchers plate and with his entire pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitchers plate. He shall go toof any other infielder. www.nfhs.org Rule Change

PIVOT FOOT AND PITCHING PLATE RULE 6-1-3 Rationale: This rule change eliminates the requirement for the entire pivot foot to be in contact with or in front of the pitchers plate. However, the pivot foot still has to meet the requirements of the rule to be in front of and parallel to the pitchers plate. Many pitching mounds are constructed in such a way that it is problematic for a pitcher to have his entire pivot foot in contact with the pitchers plate. No advantage is gained by having some of his/her pivot foot not in contact with the pitchers plate. www.nfhs.org

NFHS BASEBALL EDITORIAL CHANGES Editorial Change BASEBALLS RULE 1-3-1 The ball shall meet the current NOCSAE standard for baseballs effective January 1, 2020, which is an extension of the original implementation date of January 1, 2019. Balls that only have the NFHS

Authenticating Mark are permissible for the 2019 season. www.nfhs.org Editorial Change BASEBALLS RULE 1-3-1 Effective January 1, 2020 the SEI/NOCSAE mark is required on all baseballs that meet the NOCSAE standard that will be used in high school competition. Baseballs shall have the SEI/NOCSAE mark along with the NFHS Authenticating Mark.

Baseballs that have both marks (SEI/NOCSAE and NFHS Authenticating Mark) or just the single NFHS Authenticating Mark are permissible for the 2019 high school baseball season. www.nfhs.org Editorial Change BASEBALLS RULE 1-3-1 Rationale: To maintain a consistent and uniform standard for high school competition. To ensure that every baseball

manufactured meets the same level of quality and playability. The deadline extension was granted to accommodate those schools that had a robust surplus of baseballs and allow them to be used and not be wasted or destroyed. www.nfhs.org Editorial Change RULE 8-2-6l l. Last Time By. If a runner correctly touches a base that was missed (either in advancing or returning), the last time he was by the base, that last touch corrects

any previous baserunning infraction (Exception 8-42q). Rationale: Per 8-4-2q, a runner cannot correct the baserunning infraction once he touches a succeeding base while the ball is dead even if he correctly touches all bases the last time by. www.nfhs.org Editorial Change RULE 8-3-1a ART. 1 . . . Each runner other than the batter-runner (who is governed by 8-1-2) is awarded one base when: a. there is a balk (6-1-4, 6-2-4) or a pitch strikes a

runner (5-1-1a); Sub-articles b-c remain unaltered. Rationale: Clarification. www.nfhs.org POINTS OF EMPHASIS Points of Emphasis SPORTSMANSHIP NATIONAL ANTHEM STANDOFF National anthem standoffs do not reflect

education-based athletics. Staring down opponents after the national anthem to try to intimidate them or refusing to leave the respective baseline before the other team departs is juvenile and disrespectful. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis SPORTSMANSHIP BENCH JOCKEYING AND CELEBRATIONS

Coaches, players, substitutes, attendants or other bench personnel shall not leave the dugout during a live ball for any unauthorized purposes. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis SPORTSMANSHIP BENCH JOCKEYING AND CELEBRATIONS

Coaches or team personnel may not sit outside the dugout/bench area on buckets or stools. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis SPORTSMANSHIP BENCH JOCKEYING AND CELEBRATIONS

Players are not allowed to stand outside their dugout/bench area and make catcalls or other disparaging remarks while the other team is taking infield practice. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis SPORTSMANSHIP INTENTIONAL DISTRACTIONS Chants, intentional distractions and loud noises directed at the opponents pitcher prior to his pitching,

the batter getting ready to hit, or a fielder getting ready to make a play do not represent good sportsmanship. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis COMPLIANT OF PLAYERS EQUIPMENT BODY/CHEST PROTECTOR Per a rule change approved in 2017, the catchers body/

chest protector shall meet the NOCSAE standard effective January 1, 2020. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis COMPLIANT OF PLAYERS EQUIPMENT - HELMETS Helmets must meet the provisions of Rule 1-5-2, including that all face mask/guards attached after

manufacture are approved by the manufacturer and meet the NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis COMPLIANT OF PLAYERS EQUIPMENT - HELMETS A face mask/guard specifically designed for a

particular helmet model may be attached after manufacture, provided that procedure is approved by the manufacturer and meets the NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis COMPLIANT OF PLAYERS

EQUIPMENT - BATS Bats shall be unaltered from the manufacturers original design and production and must meet the provisions of Rule 1-3-2. Illegal www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis

BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES Runners are never required to slide, but if a runner elects to slide, it must be legal. A legal slide can either be feet first or head first. If a runner slides feet first, at least one leg and buttock shall be on the ground. Legal

www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES Illegal Runners may not pop-up into the fielder. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis

BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES Illegal Runners may not have a leg raised higher than the fielders knee. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES Illegal Except at home plate, runners may not slide

through or beyond the base. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES Illegal Runners may not slide away from a base in the direction of the fielder. But a runner may slide in a direction away from the

fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the fielder. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES The runner is out when he illegally slides and affects the play. On a force play, the runner is also guilty of

interference. The batterrunner is also declared out and all runners must return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch. Illegal www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES Legal Jumping, hurdling and

leaping are all legal attempts to avoid a fielder as long as the fielder is lying on the ground. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES Illegal When illegally executed, as shown in the PlayPic, hurdling, jumping or

leaping over a fielder supersedes obstruction. www.nfhs.org Points of Emphasis BASERUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES Illegal Diving over a fielder is always illegal. Diving supersedes obstruction.

www.nfhs.org UMPIRE MECHANICS CHANGES Manual Change UMPIRE SIGNALS: INFORMATION AVAILABLE To assist in providing pertinent information between partners, a new umpire signal information available

was approved. The umpire indicates he or she has relevant information for their partner by tapping two times over the left chest (heart). www.nfhs.org Manual Change UMPIRE SIGNALS: CORRECT ROTATION In three- and four-umpire mechanics, umpires can signal

to partners which direction they will be rotating to a specific base for coverage of an anticipated play. The new correct rotation signal involves umpires pointing with both hands in the direction of the base that they are moving toward. www.nfhs.org NFHS OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION CENTRAL HUB

NFHS OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION CENTRAL HUB HTTPS://NFHS-BASEBALL.ARBITERSPORTS.COM/FRONT/105406/SITE Contains: Sport information Rules information Rules library

Searchable rules book Video content on officiating sport, competition situations and interpretations www.nfhs.org NFHS OFFICIALS EDUCATION COURSE AND VIDEOS

Ideal for new officials or those in first few years of officiating 30-45 minutes to complete Topics include: Basics of Becoming and Staying an Official, Science of Officiating, Art of Officiating Course is FREE to NFHS Officials Association members, non-members fee is $20 NFHSLearn.com

Sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball offer direct illustrations of the rules book, including rules references and officials signals Animated mechanics videos for softball and baseball umpires Video interpretation of the NFHS Basketball Rules Book created

through a partnership with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials www.nfhs.org NFHS LEARNING CENTER THE NFHS LEARNING CENTER Mission: Provide ongoing professional development for Coaches, Administrators, Students, Parents and Officials on the role they play within interscholastic athletics and activities.

www.nfhslearn.com WWW.NFHSLEARN.COM Register on NFHSLearn.com and receive the following great benefits: Immediate access to all 18 NFHS free courses Opportunity to receive email updates on your sport, upcoming courses and much more Access coursework 24/7/365 Access completion certificates 24/7/365

www.nfhslearn.com NFHS FREE COURSES Concussion in Sports

Coaching Pole Vault NCAA Eligibility Positive Sport Parenting Sportsmanship Sports Nutrition Heat Illness Prevention Introduction to Music Adjudication Introduction to Pitch Smart

Learning Pro Suite of 4 courses Coaching Unified Sports Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment Engaging Effectively with Parents Sudden Cardiac Arrest Captains Course Interscholastic Officiating National Coach Certification Program www.nfhslearn.com

NFHS NETWORK NFHS NETWORK By 2020, every high school sporting event in America will be streamed live. The NFHS Network will be THE DESTINATION for fans to view these broadcasts. www.NFHSnetwork.com NFHS NETWORK

View from mobile www.NFHSnetwork.com THANK YOU AND HAVE A GREAT BASEBALL SEASON! www.nfhs.org

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