NCAA Baseball Rules Committee recommends 20 second limit between pitches

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee is

recommending a 20-second limit between pitches with no runners on

base, hoping to speed up play.

The committee also wants to limit time between innings to 90

seconds in non-televised games. Both rules were used on an

experimental basis at the Southeastern Conference tournament in


The committee would like the rules put into effect in 2011.

The NCAA didn't specify penalties. At the SEC tournament, where

no violations were reported, a pitcher risked having a ball added

to the count if he took too long. A batter who stepped out of the

box within five seconds of the clock expiring risked having a

strike added.

A team offending the between-innings limit also faced having a

ball or strike imposed.