In an effort to speed up the game, the NCAA has proposed an experimental 20-second pitch-clock rule for the 2016 season. The rule would only be in place with runners on base, but the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel referred the rule back to the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee this week.
While the experimental rule has not been squashed, there is no set date for when the two sides will discuss the possibility of implementing the rule for next fall.
According to the NCAA release, the pitch-clock rule would be in place “for all rounds of the 2016 Division I Baseball Championship, including the Men’s College World Series.”
The time would be kept by an umpire, but the rules committee is looking towards installing a visual clock.
Games have increasingly been dragging out, with the average time of a nine inning game last season an average of three hours, 19 minutes.
Hopefully, the pitch-clock could significantly shorten that time.
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