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Alabama Middle School (7th & 8th grade) ASHAA. 

Can the catchers and coach communicate via wireless earpiece? 

NCAA adopted this a few years ago. 

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Based on 1-5-11, I'd say no. "Non-traditional playing equipment must be reviewed by the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee before it will be permitted to be used."

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I think this is a question for the sanctioning body. In NC, for example, middle schools play under NHSF rules but it is not the sanctioning body.

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58 minutes ago, WilsonFlyer said:

I think this is a question for the sanctioning body. In NC, for example, middle schools play under NHSF rules but it is not the sanctioning body.

State associations almost always defer to NFHS for safety and equipment provisions (mainly to deflect liability).

And if Alabama had already answered the question, why would coach be asking here? He's looking for cover to apply an NCAA rule.

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11 hours ago, Guest Coach Chris said:

Alabama Middle School (7th & 8th grade) ASHAA. 

Can the catchers and coach communicate via wireless earpiece? 

NCAA adopted this a few years ago. 

The NCAA did not adopt this... the SEC did. 

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From the 2018 NCAA Baseball Guide:

The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee approved an experimental rule for 2018 that permits the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to test coach-to-catcher electronic communication in an effort to speed up pitch-calling.

 

The SEC will report back to the Baseball Rules Committee on whether the direct communication reduces the time consumed by the pitch-calling process. That process can be slow as teams relay pitch information to the catcher, often in the form of a numerical code. Then, the catcher looks at a wristband to decipher what pitch is being called. Finally, the catcher signals to the pitcher. The experimental rule only allows communication between one coach and the catcher, and like the experimental video review rules, only permits their use in 2018 SEC regular season games and the 2018 SEC tournament games. It will not be permitted during nonconference games or in the NCAA championships.

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