The SEC announced plans Wednesday to add more reviewable plays and add a new coaches challenge system which should add some intrigue during conference play.
The new reviewable plays during conference play come on top of the six reviewable plays that can be reviewed at any time in any game all season for a total of 12 plays that can be reviewed.
The expiramental new review plays are as follows:
- Force/Tag Play Calls: Force and tag play calls involving the batter or batter runner acquiring the base prior to the defensive player’s attempt to put out the batter runner or runner at any base (including first base).
- Specified Base Running Calls: Calls involving whether a base runner passes a preceding runner before such runner is out; and upon an appropriate appeal by the defensive team, whether a base runner touched a base.
- Hit-by-Pitch Calls: Play involving a batter and whether a pitched ball touches a batter or his clothing (hit by pitch).
- Tag-Up Plays: Deciding if a runner failed to retouch his base after a ball is legally caught before he or his base is tagged by a fielder at all bases.
- Placement of Runners: The umpire’s placement of a batter runner or runners following a boundary call.
- Interference for the Purpose of Breaking up a Double Play (Force Play Slide Rule)
These plays can be reviewed with the new head coach challenge system at any time or by the umpiring crew chief’s decision after the eighth inning.
The new challenge rule will allow each head coach two challenges per game regardless of whether or not the challenged calls are successfully overturned. Coach-to-catcher communication devices have also been legalized to try and speed up games.
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