2003 NCAA Baseball Rules Changes Coaching Players Code of Ethics by sammyc2007


									2003 NCAA Baseball Rules Changes Coaching/Player’s Code of Ethics (Page 10) Added “Player’s” to heading and change “should” to “must.” Rule 1-13 (Page 22) Deleted “except for coaches’ caps” in this section. Rule 1-13-A.R. (Page 22) Voted to remove the approved ruling in this section regarding coaches’ uniforms. Rule 1-13 (Page 22) Error in rule book: Remove the word caps at end of for paragraph Rule 1-13-e (Page 23) Revised to read: “A pitcher and/or position player or coach may wear a nylon jacket under the uniform top if it is the same color as the team’s undershirts.” NOTE: Coaches may no longer wear a wind shirt or jacket in place of a uniform top. In inclement weather they shall wear the standard team jacket over their jersey. Rule 1-14-a (Page 24) Added new wording after the third sentence: “Tape of any kind on the helmet is not allowed.” NOTE: Umpires should not allow any batter into the batter’s box with tape of any kind on their helmet. The helmet must be removed for the remainder of the game. Tape does not correct the problem of a cracked helmet and has been proven to denigrate the plastic of the helmet over time. Rule 1-14-a-A.R. (Page 24) Deleted the second sentence of the approved ruling. Rule 1-14-b (Page 24) Recommended that all bat handlers wear helmets. This becomes a new section b. Rule 1-14-c (Page 24) Added approved ruling to read: “All catcher’s helmets must bear the manufacturer’s certification indicating satisfaction of NOCSAE test standards.” Rule 1-14-d (Page 24) Added new section. It is required that all catchers shall wear a protective helmet and face mask when fielding their position, warming up a pitcher (i.e. between innings) or catching in the bullpen.

Rule 1-14-d (Page 24) New section d for elbow pads: “1. A player is permitted to wear one (1) elbow protection pad that does not exceed 10 inches in length, as measured when the pad is lying flat. 2. A nylon pad shall surround the shell of any elbow protection equipment. 3. No player may wear a non-standard elbow protection pad, or any pad designed to protect the upper or lower arm, unless the player has an existing elbow or other arm injury and the team carries with them the following documentation: (a) A letter identifying the player and describing the nature of the injury and describing the proposed elbow protection pad; (b) A physician’s report diagnosing the injury; and (c) A physician’s determination of length of time the protective pad will be necessary.” NOTE: If appealed by the opposing team’s head coach the umpire-in-chief shall inspect the batter’s elbow protection and if necessary, request the required documentation from the head coach or trainer. Rule 2 – Obstruction (Page 31) Gave the interpretation that obstruction shall be enforced regardless of the outcome of a play. For example, if a player returns to a base safely, but was obstructed by the fielder, obstruction shall be called and bases awarded. The A.R. will be changed to read: “Obstruction shall be called on a defensive player who blocks off a base, base line or home plate from a base runner while not in possession of the ball regardless of the result of the play.” NOTE: Since a play is being made on the runner the ball is dead immediately at least one base beyond the last attained must be awarded. Rule 2 – Strike Zone (Page 33) Changed definition: The area over home plate from the bottom of the kneecaps to the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants. The strike zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball. NOTE: This is no way should be interpreted as a shrinking of the strike zone. Umpires are instructed to call the strike zone as now written. Rule 3-2 (Page 36) Addition to this section: “Assistant coaches may not leave their position, dugout or bullpen area to appeal any play on the field.” NOTE: This clarifies the existing interpretation that head coaches alone should handle all communications with umpires. If an assistant coach continues a discussion with an umpire after warning and leaves the area they are subject to ejection. Rule 3-6-a Note (Page 37) Change to read: “Umpires should arrive at the game site 60 minutes before game time and notify the home-team coaches and/or game management.”

Rule 3-6-c A.R. 2 (Page 38) If any person is ejected from the game, the individual shall leave the field immediately. If the person refuses to leave after a reasonable amount of time (not to exceed one minute) or returns to the playing field later in the game, the umpire in chief shall contact game management or security personnel for assistance. PENALTY - The offending person is suspended for one game. If game management or security personnel cannot restore order and the game resumed in a reasonable amount of the time the umpire in chief shall forfeit the game. Rule 3-6-d (Page 38) Shall now read: “If there is a reasonable doubt about some decision being in conflict with the rules, the head coach or captain has the right to protest appeal an umpire’s decision and seek its reversal.” NOTE: This amplifies section 3-2 Rule 3-6-e-A.R. (Page 38) Added “checked swings” to items that may not be argued. Rule 3-10 (Page 40) Added: Umpires are instructed to take a zero tolerance policy in this area. Rule 5-5-b (Page 47) Changed to read: “Any pitcher may be replaced after the first opposing batter (or the batter’s substitute) has been put out…” Rule 5-6-c (1) (Page 49) Added wording to read: “The batter or proper batter-runner…” Rule 5-8-b (4) (Page 50) Deleted this section in the book. Added new c. from Page 34. Rule 5-8-f (Page 51) Added “NCAA Championships” to this section. Rule 5-16-A.R. (Page 56) First sentence to read: “When applying the suspension rule, penalties shall be served for the team’s next regularly previously scheduled and completed contest(s).” Added new sentence: “Games may not be added after the incident in order to fulfill the requirements of this rule.” Rule 6-1-e (Page 60) New second sentence: “If a fielder, after possessing a thrown or pitched ball, steps into a bench or dugout or steps into dead-ball territory but does not fall (lose body control), the ball is in play.”

Rule 7-4-b (Page 70) – Strike Zone Added the major league rule for strike zone and will add a diagram of the strike zone to the 2003 book. Error in book: A.R. does not show change in definition from Section 2 Rule 8-3-e (Page 79) Split this section into two parts: “If obstruction by a fielder is committed: (1) Against a batter-runner before reaching first base, a delayed dead ball shall be called. PENALTY — The obstructed runner is awarded the bases he would have obtained had there been no obstruction (See Rule 6-3-d). (2) Against a runner on whom a play was being made, “Time” shall be called. PENALTY — The obstructed runner is awarded at least one base beyond the base last touched legally before the obstruction.” Rule 8-3-g (Page 80) Included mask and helmet in list of equipment that may not be used intentionally to field a ball. Rule 8-3-l (Page 80) New rule: “If a fair batted or thrown ball becomes lodged in a player’s equipment, the ball shall be declared dead and bases awarded.” Rule 8-6-a (3) – A.R. 2 Exception (Page 85) Voted to delete the exception in this rule. Rule 8-7-b (Page 88) Changed last sentence to read: “The runner is safe and a delayed an immediate dead ball shall be called.” Rule 9-1-b (2) A.R. (Page 89) New Approved Ruling: “With the bases unoccupied, the pitcher does not need to come to a complete and discernable stop.” Points of Emphasis for 2002-03 Uniforms (coaches and players) Tobacco use Obstruction Strike Zone

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