Monday, July 8, 2013

National Federation Announces 2014 Baseball Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

Baseball Rules Committee Addresses Batter Interference with Catcher and Recommends 2014 'Points of Emphasis'

From National Federation of State High School Associations Baseball Rules Committee Press Release
July 8, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Changes to high school baseball rules will include an additional example of how a batter can interfere with the catcher's ability to field or throw.
This year's rules changes were approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 
"The committee felt that the game is in a very good state," said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and educational services and staff liaison for baseball. 
The committee voted to added "including backswing interference" to Rule 7-3-5c to address that specific type of batter interference. The rule now reads, "A batter shall not interfere with the catcher's fielding or throwing by making any other movement, including backswing interference, which hinders action at home plate or the catcher's attempt to play on a runner.
The committee also revised Rule 6-1-3 to state that the pitcher's entire pivot foot must be in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitcher's plate.
The committee also established several points of emphasis for the 2014 season, including malicious contact, coaching attire and umpire authority and enforcement.
"These are topics that I get calls and e-mails about during the course of a season," Hopkins said. "I share those with the committee and if they are seeing the same types of problems, then the red flag goes up."
Contact or a collision is considered to be malicious if:
1. The contact is the result of intentional excessive force;
2. The contact occurs close to the bag or home plate or above the waist of the receiving player; or
3. There was intent to injure.
Malicious contact can occur without these conditions if determined by the umpire, but these provide a starting point.
Even with cutbacks for uniform funds, coaches should still be dressed in a similar fashion to the players as a means of helping umpires recognize members of the coaching staff.
The final point of emphasis deals with umpires' authority. The committee noted that coaches must set the example of appropriate behavior so the team and its fans can follow. 
Disputing the umpire's calls, failing to comply with an umpire's command, exaggerating the time for offensive conferences, gamesmanship and challenging the umpire's authority cannot be tolerated, the committee stated.
"We want coaches to be role models for civility," Hopkins said. "The umpire has to make a final decision and the coach has to handle it with class and character."
Baseball is the fourth-most popular sport for boys at the high school level, according to the 2011-12 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey, with 474,219 participants nationwide. The sport ranks third in school sponsorship with 15,838 schools offering the sport.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

2013 All-League Teams and Awards

Below are the 2013 All-League Teams and Awards, selected by each league's coaches (updated July 15, 2013).  Coaches of other leagues: please send complete all-league teams to Bruce Bosley at

2013 Marble Valley League All-Stars and Awards
2013 A Division Coach of the Year: Tony Cirelli, Burr and Burton
2013 B Division, Coach of the Year: Tim Mitchell, Otter Valley

2013 C Division, Coach of the Year: Dan Williams, Poultney
2013 Marble Valley League A Division, First Team
Zach Bahan, Mt. Anthony
Ryan Bellomo, Rutland
Dan Blanchard, Mill River
Cameron Bow, Mt. Anthony
Robert England, Burr and Burton
Dakota Euber, Fair Haven
Matt Graziano, Fair Haven
Pat Mumford, Mill River
Noah Rizio, Burr and Burton
Jake Stalcup, Burr and Burton
Zach Stewart, Burr and Burton
Dylan Terino, Hartford
Matt Upright, Mt. Anthony
2013 Marble Valley League B Division, First Team
Dougie Avellino, Woodstock
Drew Barnum. Leland and Gray
Tyson Boudro, Windsor
Jake Cavacas, Green Mountain
Ethan Hill, Windsor
Ryan Kelley, Otter Valley
Mike LaBeau, Bellows Falls
Michael Muther, Springfield
Justin Owen, Otter Valley
Brett Patterson, Otter Valley
Thomas Roberts, Otter Valley
Zach Wilkins, Leland and Gray
Jim Winslow, Otter Valley
2013 Marble Valley League C Division, First Team
Tyler Bathalon, West Rutland
Brandon Davenport, Poultney
Olden Dwyer, Arlington
Colin Gilbert, MSJ
Brandon Groh, West Rutland
Alex Hawley, Arlington
Brett Kelley, Poultney
Kyle Miles, Proctor
Sam Molner, Twin Valley
Joey Noble, Black River
Lincoln Pritchard, MSJ
Matt Sanborn, MSJ
Sean Shepardson, Poultney

2013 All-Mountain League Baseball Teams and Awards 
2013 Mountain League Player of the Year: Kris Wehner, BFA-Fairfax, Sr.
2013 All-Mountain League, First Team
Alex Chapman, BFA-Fairfax
Alex Duca, Peoples Academy
Brett Elliott, Danville
Asa Hoover, BFA-Fairfax
Derrick Langlois, Winooski
Ian Machia, Enosburg
Brett McAllister, Richford
Matt Messier, Lake Region
Ben Pomichter, BFA-Fairfax
Kris Wehner, BFA-Fairfax
2013 All-Mountain League, Second Team
Colton Boylan, Enosburg
Jacob Bray, Winooski
Kyle Combs BFA-Fairfax
Thomas Hakey, BFA-Fairfax
Nick Jettie, Enosburg
Kyle Johnson, Danville
Evan McGregor, BFA-Fairfax
Jake Mills, Danville
Kiley Moody, Peoples
Pat Morrisey, Hazen
2013 All-Mountain League, Third Team
Eli Appleton, Hazen
Dustin Bathalon, Lake Region
Cam Caforia, Enosburg
Jacob Cunningham, Richford
Jesse Larose, Enosburg
Luther Larsen, Hazen
Colton Laura-Bumps, Danville
Jake Learned, Winooski
Eric Remick, Danville
Zac Roy, BFA-Fairfax

2013 Capital League All-Stars
2013 All-Capital League, First Team:
Ross Caswell, Randolph
Davis Guyer, Lyndon
Ben Jickling, Randolph
Nick Jickling, Randolph
Zach Laperle, Randolph
Nate Lynch, Lamoille
Nick Lynch, Lamoille
Dylan MacIsaac, Harwood
Jacob Sprague, Randolph
Jack Thompson, Lamoille
2013 All-Capital League, Second Team:
Ben Brooks, Lyndon
Matt Fischer, Harwood
Riley Fitzgerald, Lamoille
Nolan Howard, Thetford
Dominic Moreno, Harwood
Brandon Pedley, Northfield
Mackenzie Poirier, Randolph
Luke Russell, Harwood
Nate Severance, Lamoille
Nat Swyer, Montpelier
2013 Capital League All-Stars, Honorable Mention: 
Dylan Bailey, Tyler Atwood, Harwood; Eric Hoadley, Lamoille; Matt Valentine, Lyndon; Brandon Bova, Montpelier;  Sully Caster, Andrew Lyman, Oxbow; Andrew Cawley, Jordan Eastman, Aiden Cleaves, Thetford.

2013 All-Metro League Baseball Team and Awards
2013 Metro League Awards
Coach of the Year: Chris Richard, Essex
Player of the Year: Charlie Boardman, Rice, Sr., C/RHP
Most Runs Batted In:  Charlie Boardman, Rice (28)
Most HR: Charlie Boardman, Rice (4)
Most Strikeouts-pitching: Will Conroy, Rice (79)
Most Stolen Bases: Matt St. Amour, Missisquoi (22)
2013 All-Metro First Team:
1B:  Connor Bradley, South Burlington, So.
2B:  Tyler Warren, Essex, Sr.
3B:  Joey Robertson, Essex, So.
SS:  Josh Baez, Essex, Sr. ;  Nick Berno, BFA St. Albans, Jr.
DH: Justin Ward, Essex, Sr.
C: Ben St. Clair, Mt. Mansfield, Sr.;  Wade Steele, Vergennes, Sr,
OF:  Dylan Callan, BFA St. Albans, Sr.; David Lacroix,  Colchester, Sr:  Jonathan Palmer, Essex, Jr.; Josh St. Clair, Mt. Mansfield, Sr.; Matt Baechle, So. Burlington, Jr.; 
Pitchers:  Ryan Connor, BFA St. Albans, Jr.; Davis Mikell, Champlain Valley, Sr.; Sean Callahan, Colchester, Sr.; Luke Salerno, Sr., Steve Jurkiewicz, Sr., Essex;  Matt St. Amour, Missisquoi Valley, Sr.; Will Conroy, Rice, Sr.; Devin Hayes, Vergennes, Sr. 
2013 All-Metro Second Team:
1B:  Noah Lipman, Burlington, Jr.; Kevin Guild, Spaulding, Sr.
2B:  Cory Benoit, Colchester, Sr.; Colin Hanson, South Burlington, Sr.
3B: Josh Rylant, Colchester, Sr.; Cameron Bourbeau, Rice, Jr.
SS: Tommy Fitzgerald, Rice, Jr.; Nick Richer, Vergennes, Sr.
C: Kirk Fontana, Champlain Valley, Sr.; Hudson Seman, Essex, Sr.; David Laroche, Missisquoi Valley, Jr.;  Cody Alexander, Mt. Abraham, Sr.
OF: Darren Callan, BFA St. Albans, Sr.; Ryan Boera, Burlington, Sr.; Luke Dolan, Mt. Mansfield, Sr.; Max Smith, Jr. and Paul Valgoi, Jr., South Burlington; Jordan Godfrey, Spaulding, So.
Pitchers:  Rayne Supple, So., Dylan Ireland, Sr. and Kyle Stanley, Jr., Champlain Valley; Devin Dessormeau, Colchester, Sr.,  Sawyer Kamman, Mt. Abraham, Jr.; Greg Gosselin, Mt. Mansfield, Sr.; Jarrett Bridges, Jr. and Colton Hudson, So., St. Johnsbury; Patrick McMackin, So. Burlington, So.; Charlie Stapleford, Vergennes, Sr. 
2013 All-Metro Honorable Mention:
Doug Saffo, Josh Waite, BFA St. Albans; Holden Ackerman, Holden Jones, Burlington; Hayden Smith, Champlain Valley;  Brandon Arel, Cassidy Moore, Colchester; Jeremy LeClair, Frank Puleo, Essex; Taylor Patterson, Tyler Provencher, Middlebury; Elijah Eaton, Caleb Lothian, Missisqoui; Austin Lafayette, Mt. Abraham;  Josh Fitgerald, Greg Gosselin, Mt. Mansfield; Anthony Philip, Tim Shea Jr., Rice; Zach Hale, Moises Nurko, St. Johnsbury; Jason Gaines, Gabe Simpatico, South Burlington; Matt Goldsworthy, Josh Kennison, Spaulding; Zach Ouellette, Justus Sturtevant, Vergennes