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Baseball RULES UPDATES
2016 NFHS RULES CHANGES 

3-3-1 PEN: Clarified the sequence of administering penalties to the members of the coaching staff and offending players.
3-3-1q: Added additional inappropriate acts by the offender that would require an immediate ejection.


Points of Emphasis

1. Intermediate penalties – restriction to the bench/dugout
2. Proper catcher’s equipment
3. Sportsmanship – Celebrations around or near home plate

PREVIOUS RULE MODIFICATIONS:

From NYSPHSAA Handbook:

Battery candidates shall have at least thirteen practice sessions. All catchers shall wear a throat guard protector attached to the mask. It is recommended the protector be rubber. A contestant may participate in two regulation games per day with at least a fifteen minute rest between games. A pitcher may pitch in a maximum of twelve (12) innings in one (1) day but no more than eighteen (18) innings in any  six (6) consecutive day period. Delivery of one (1) pitch constitutes having pitched an inning. If he pitches in eight (8) or more innings in a day, he must have two (2) nights of rest before he can pitch again. Any violation of the rule will be considered in the same light as a school using an ineligible player. The game will be forfeited.

For other requirements see p. 110. NOTE: The Baseball Agreement between the National Federation and the Major and Minor Baseball Leagues provides that no professional team may enter into a contract with a student until after graduation or that class has been graduated from high school, or one is no longer eligible for high school competition. Contact NFHS for more details.

State Association Adoptions:

 1. Commemorative patches are permitted in accordance with Rule 1-4-4. (Jan. 2006)
 2. Umpires may wear navy, light blue or red uniform shirts. (Oct. 2007)
 3. TIED AND SUSPENDED GAME RULE: To be used for NYSPHSAA Championship Tournament. May also be used during regular season play with Section approval:
        1) An official game is 5 innings or 4 and one-half if the home team is ahead. If a winner can be determined and no more baseball can be played that day, the game is over and a winner is declared. The game does not have to go 7 innings.
        2) If a game is stopped before it becomes an official game, the game is a suspended game. This game will be picked up at that point. Score, inning, count of batter etc. should all be recorded in scorebook.
        3) If the game is stopped after having gone long enough to be an official game, however a winner cannot be determined due to a tied score. This game becomes a tied/suspended game at that point. This game will be picked up at that point. Score, inning, count of batter etc. should all be recorded in scorebook.
        4) If a game is stopped after having gone long enough to become an official game and;
           a) The visitors score a run or runs in the top half of the inning. The game reverts back to the last completed inning and either a winner is declared or we have a tied/suspended game. Or,
           b) The visitors score a run or runs in the top half of the inning and the home team does not complete their at bat. The game reverts back to the last completed inning and either a winner is declared or we have a tied/suspended game. If we have a tied/suspended game we pick up from that point (Visitors runs in the top half of the inning and home team runs in bottom half count). This game will be picked up at that point. Score, inning, count of batter etc. should all be recorded in scorebook.
           c) The home team ties the game in the bottom half of the inning but doesn’t complete the inning. If we cannot play anymore we have a tied/suspended game at that point. This game will be picked up at that point. Score, inning, count of batter, etc., should all be recorded in scorebook. Or,
           d) The home team takes the lead in the bottom half of the 5th or 6th inning, then game is called. At that point the home team is declared the winner.

Scrimmages: A softball/baseball scrimmage must include free substitutions and lineup cards will not be exchanged. Scrimmages must also include one or more of the following:

 1. Play six (6) outs per half inning (example - 3 outs clear the field/ 3 more outs).
 2. Batting order must be altered or modified to include more batters than rules permit.
 3. Start with a runner(s) on base with a predetermined situation for at least two (2) full innings. Adopted January 2009.