Changes Coming In Baseball Rules

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INDIANAPOLIS – As eastern Oregon teams take the baseball field next season, some new rules will be in place after a meeting of the National Federation of State High School Associations met June 2. The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) is a member of the NFHS and typically adopts proposed changes.

Changing a standard to make it the same as wood bats, players using non-wood bats will now be allowed to use resin, pine tar or other drying agent on the bat. This cannot exceed  beyond 18 inches from the base of the knob.

Wood bats have always been able to use the agents with the new ruling adding non-wood bats.

An addition to an existing rule now allows umpires to call a forfeit if a coach or team personnel refuses to leave after an ejection. Currently, only an ejected player was listed as a reason for a forfeit.

According to the NFHS, baseball is the fourth most popular boys sport in the United States with 478,451 players taking the field for 15,978 high schools.

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