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Not only is United Collegiate Umpires committed to affecting real change in NCAA baseball umpiring, but we are equally committed to working efficiently with athletic directors and coaches for the betterment of college baseball.

We value our relationship with the institutions and conferences we serve and want to ensure the most up-to-date information is available to their administrators and coaches. Therefore this section, Coach’s Corner, presents recent rules interpretations and clarifications notices from NCAA baseball and two of UCU’s umpire development video series – Video Notebook and Video Play Review.

We trust you will find this section on our website useful and informative. If you have any comments or questions, you may send us a message through our contact page.

Chris Marshall
UCU President/CEO

NCAA Baseball Interpretations/Clarifications – May 1, 2018

The May rules interpretaions and clarifiations memo from the NCAA covers Rule 8-2-d regarding player wearing a wristband on the belt and Rule 6-2-d – Backswing Interference. (Download PDF)

NCAA Baseball Interpretations/Clarifications – April 2, 2018

The April rules interpretaions and clarifiations memo from the NCAA covers Rule 5-15-a-2 – Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Appendix F – Pitch/Between Innings Clock Protocol, and Rule 6-1-d – Catch and Carry Rule. (Download PDF)

NCAA Baseball Interpretations/Clarifications – February 5, 2018

The February rules interpretations and clarifiations memo from the NCAA clarifies Obstruction, the Collision Rule, and Plays at the Plate (Rules 2-55 and 8-7). (Download PDF)

NCAA Baseball Interpretations/Clarifications – January 31, 2018

The January rules interpreations and clarifiations memo from the NCAA covers Scheduling of Double-Headers, Batter Interference/Obstruction on a Pick-off Play, Penalty Bat Testing Protocol, Consistency of Pitching Positions, and Arguements following a 20-second pitch clock violation. (Download PDF)

NCAA Memo – Baseball Helmets Add-On Products

On May 8th, the NCAA released a memo reminding batting helmets must meet the standards published by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). (Download PDF)

NOCSAE Press Release on Add-On Products for Batting Helments, May 8, 2018.

NCAA Baseball Interpretations/Clarifications – March 1, 2018

The March rules interpretaions and clarifiations memo from the NCAA covers Rule 9-1-a Note 2 A pause allowed during a windup delivery only and Reminder: NCAA BBCOR Certified Baseball Bat Listing. (Download PDF)

NCAA Baseball Interpretations/Clarifications – February 16, 2018

This additional February rules interpreations and clarifiations memo from the NCAA covers the Definition of a Quick Pitch and Quick Pitch Penalties (Rule 9-2-a and 9-3-d) and a Point of Emphasis on Rule 5-2-f (Restriction on transmission of scouting or game information…). (Download PDF)

UCU Video Notebook & Play Review