Weekly Announcements


No KSHSAA Rule for Time
There has been many questions this year from various people regarding time limits, innings, or starting an inning late in the evening. First and foremost, there are NO KSHSAA regulations in regards to time or innings limits. Some are under the impression that there is a time limit for baseball games because of a state rule. That is not true. However, it is permissible for leagues/ or schools to mutually agree on a time limit or innings played at the sub-varsity level. There are league commissioners that will make this known to the umpires assigned to the game but the umpires should always double check with the coaches before the game starts. These are typically league rules and sometimes are only used during inter-league games. Umpires should not assume and innings limit or time limit; they should always check with the school.

For varsity competition there are no time limits and 7 innings must be played unless a game ending procedure occurs such as a run rule.

Plate Mechanics continued: Good Timing.
For umpires we talk about good timing all over the field. But what does it really mean? Is it quick, fast, slow, or late? No would be the answer to all four of those descriptors. Patience would be the best answer. We need to wait for the pitch to be delivered in its entirety. Seeing the pitch all the way to the glove with our eyes only tracking, recognizing the location. Determine the ball or strike in our head. From there, step out of your stance (usually up and back a little) then make the call verbally and add a signal if a strike. It is a patient process and also needs to be a consistent one. When umpires use this approach on every pitch it eliminates mistakes or even perceived mistakes. One pitch may use good timing and the next pitch may get quick, followed by an unusual delayed call. Inconsistent timing doesn’t mean we got the call wrong but the perception for the fans and coaches is uncertainty on the part of the plate umpire. Exude confidence in yourself and the patrons watching the game through patient and consistent timing at the plate. That is good timing and also the timing we can use in the field.

NFHS Baseball Questionnaire – YOUR VOICE
This questionnaire is the chance for you to be heard regarding baseball issues. The NFHS gives you the chance to see what may be of strong topic in the state of Kansas. The coaches and umpires who had an accurate e-mail address on file with the KSHSAA will receive an email April 18. Kansas has history of participating well in this survey. Please take the time to give your input on the high school game. Opportunity will close May 15.

Huddle After You’ve Played Defense
Many have noticed the pace of play emphasis this year with the umpire carrying stopwatch to keep play moving in between innings. In order to not be hurried, teams should have their “huddle” when coming into the dugout not going out to the field. Play ready baseball. Pick up your teammates stranded on the bases, taking their glove and hat to them.

Test Yourself
With no runners on base, B1 hits a high sly to short center. The wind-blown ball eludes F8 as B1 pulls into second. B1 rounds second, feints to third and is on his way back to second, when F8 fires the ball over F5’s head into the dugout. B1 is awarded:
                 a. Second (the base he was approaching).
                 b. Third.
                 c. Home. (NFHS Rule 8-3-3c2)


Current Champions



4A Div I

4A Div II



Shawnee Mission East

OP-St. Thomas Aquinas


Baxter Springs

Nemaha Central

Pittsburg-St. Marys Colgan

Hoglund Stadium, Lawrence

WSU-Eck Stadium

Dean Evans Stadium, Salina

Soden's Grove Baseball Field

KSU-Tointon Family Stadium

Great Bend Sports Complex

[Previous State Champions]