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Media Release 19-02 Ohio Valley League Highlights Rule Changes for the 2019 Season


Media Release 19-02, Effective 1200, 16 May 2019

Ohio Valley League Highlights Rule Changes for the 2019 Season

As previously announced, the Ohio Valley League will select its inaugural OVL All League Team sponsored by Jones Brothers Towing and Trucking at the end of the 2019 Regular Season and our fans have a voting input! Our fans will vote via the OVL’s Twitter account in the closing days of our Regular Season. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @OVLBaseball today to get all the updates on the happenings around the OVL throughout the year.

Our Opening Day games will be played on Friday, 31 May throughout the League.

Please note some important changes to our playing rules this Season. The OVL games are played in accordance with the NCAA Baseball Rules, with only a few exceptions. We will incorporate a pitch clock (120 seconds) between innings. The pitcher will have 30 seconds to deliver his next pitch, if no runners are on base.

The number of defensive conferences has been limited to 6 per game this year. Only three of those can involve the coach without changing the pitcher. An additional conference is granted in extra innings.

The rules concerning obstruction require the defensive player to have the ball BEFORE attempting to block the base.

There are several rule changes concerning the pitcher’s foot placement.

The OVL will also incorporate a 10-run rule this year. If one team has a 10-run lead after 7 innings (6 ½ if the home team) then the game will be ended.

Any media outlet with questions or if you would like to discuss the Ohio Valley League’s “Hometown Baseball” please contact:
John Bruce
jbruce@ohiovalleyleague.com or 270.881.7780