NCAA Regional Baseball Rules
NCAA regional rules 2023 contains the pre-game schedules for home and away teams and the application of the Mercy Rule.
Home Team Rules
The home team gets to start their batting practice for 30 minutes which is available 1 hour and 45 minutes before the official start of the game.
So, the hosting college needs to keep track of their time, since the away team will also get to have their practice after them. The away team will start their session 1 hour and 10 minutes before the match starts. They also get to conduct their practice session only for 30 minutes.
Likewise, the home team can have their infield practice 35 minutes before the match begins. After their session, the visiting college will initiate their training 22 minutes prior to the match time for 12 minutes. Both teams are recommended to follow their sessions timely so as to prevent disruption and conflict.
The home team also has the duty to provide the game balls for the match. So, the visiting college does not have to bring their own balls. Meanwhile, the hosting college needs to establish a designated scoreboard operator for the match too.
NCAA Mercy Rule is a game-changer for the team that makes a wide lead of at least 10 runs.
This rule remarks that once a team creates a 10-run lead by the 7th inning of the game, then this team will automatically win the match. Both teams do not have to play the rest of the two innings, making the game shorter as well.
There must be an agreement between the two coaches before the game since it could result in a conflict later on. The home team leading by 10 runs will have the last at-bats appearance due to them playing at the bottom of the innings.
However, the MLB has not employed the Mercy rule as of the 2023 season. NCAA has established this rule to shorten the match if the lead is too high, and to save face for the opponent colleges as well.
Other New Rules In 2023
Southeastern Conference has employed many new rules for the 2023 season like the Mound Visit Clock and Between Batters Clock. These rules adhere to the NCAA regulations and will increase the game pace.
Mound Visit Clock states that there will be the application of a 30-second timer whenever a coach or other defensive player will visit the mound to talk strategy to their pitchers. Within the designated time, the player or coach must leave the mound at any cost.
However, this rule will be employed when the coach/player comes alongside a medical team to diagnose an injured pitcher. if the coach does not leave the mound within the timer, the 20-second rule will begin. If 20 seconds pass without any pitch happening, then a ball is added.
Another rule is the Between Batters Clock which tells us that the batters will have 30 seconds to be ready for their at-bat. Once the previous play has concluded, then the hitters have to be ready within the allocated timer to face the pitcher. , preferably with 10 seconds remaining.
Pitching Change Clock offers a 2 minutes and 30 seconds timer when the pitching change occurs at the start of a fresh inning or toward the mid-inning. This rule is specifically designed for the new pitchers so that they don't take too much time from the dugout to enter the mound.