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Week 7: Time Limits – SUB VARSITY
March 20, 2023
Time Limits – SUB VARSITY
This week, we talk about the new time-limits for sub varsity games. To clarify, this is in play for any NHIAA sanctioned SUB VARSITY ONLY contest. The rule will be added to the “Speed- up Rules” available in full or in part by MUTUAL AGREEMENT of both coaches.
2023 NHIAA POLICY UPDATE
Beginning with the 2023 season all sub varsity contests may play under a time-limit of 2:15, upon mutual agreement of both head coaches. It shall be a “no new inning to start beyond 2:15 of play”. This shall be added to the current policy of the “optional” speed-up rules that are reviewed prior to any contest for use in full or part thereof. This policy is ONLY applicable to NHIAA sanctioned Sub-Varsity contests and may never be used in Varsity contests.
Implementation of Procedure
Upon mutual agreement of the coaches (or school administration) that the time-limit will be in play for that contest then:
- The Umpire in Chief shall confirm the official start time with both coaches, which shall be at the conclusion of the pre-game plate meeting. The home coach or game administrator shall be the official watch/clock to use.
- The Umpire in Chief should check with the official watch every 3 innings to get an idea where the game stands.
- The Umpire in Chief shall notify both coaches of 30 minutes remaining, 15 minutes remaining and possible last inning of play.
- The Umpire in Chief shall make it clear that it is not a “drop dead” time simply that we will not start any NEW full inning beyond 2 hours and 15 minutes of play, regardless of tie game or not.
- All umpires shall work the game as to the wishes of the coaches and shall not interject their opinion of playing with or without the time limit.
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