College Baseball Mulls One-Way Communications Tech | Athletic Business

College Baseball Mulls One-Way Communications Tech

The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee on Wednesday proposed allowing the use of one-way electronic communication devices for the purpose of calling pitches and plays.

The rule would go into effect during the 2021-22 academic year.

All rules changes must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss the baseball recommendation later this summer.

Examples of what could be implemented next season include teams being allowed to use an electronic display board from the dugout that shows a numerical code to call pitches and/or defensive plays. Teams also would be allowed to use a one-way in-ear communication device that would be limited for use from the dugout to the catcher.

Several conferences, including the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Pac-12, Southeastern and Sun Belt in 2021, have experimented with in-ear communication to call pitches from the dugout the past four seasons.

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