Umpire conferences, instant replay among rule changes coming in 2015 for NCAA baseball

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | 11:21 p.m. CDT

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a number of rule changes for the 2015 baseball season Tuesday, according to a press release from the NCAA. 

The rule changes varied from allowing umpires to confer over a catch in the outfield to requiring all schools to paint their foul poles fluorescent yellow.

Under the previous rules, umpires could confer about other close plays but not outfield catches. This play has now been added to the list of plays umpires can discuss.  

Umpires can now also use video replay to confirm a catch where video replay is allowed. Video replay has been used at the College World Series since 2012 and was available at three conference tournaments for the first time in 2014.

Replay has yet to be used at the College World Series but was used twice last year at the West Coast Conference tournament.

The panel also approved new rules regarding hit batters. Beginning in 2015, batters must make an effort to get out of the way of a pitch. If the umpire deems the batter did not try to get out of the way, the pitch will be called a ball or strike based on where it is, and the batter will not be awarded first base.

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