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03/17/21 – Baseball Playing Rules COVID Guidance Clarifications

March 17, 2021 Baseball Blog Updates


We have received inquiries about the COVID-related modifications to NFHS rules published within the Baseball Healthy at Sports Return to Competition Guidance as well as what was published in the online rules clinic that was finalized in mid-February.  To assist administrators, coaches, and umpires in preparing for the first segment of the season we will address these below.

  • Since the pitcher may not put their hands to the mouth off of the mound and touch the ball, are there any options?  Yes, a cloth dampened with water may be used and stored in the back pocket of the uniform.
  • What is the penalty if a pitcher forgets and puts their hands to the mouth while off the mound?  You would provide a new ball that has been sanitized and simply discard the used ball to be sanitized. 
  • Since the pitcher may not blow into their hands on a cold day, are there options?  Yes, a “hot hands” may be used and stored in the back pocket.

Please continue to refer to the guidance as we advance through the various segments of the season and we will continue to monitor and communicate any further information.


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