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Tuesday's High Country Sports Update.... (2016-12-13 17:04:12)

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES....

Girls:

 
Cove Creek - 12
Green Valley - 11
 
Valle Crucis - 35
Parkway - 17
 
Hardin Park - 24
Blowing Rock - 1
 
Mabel - 33
Bethel - 10
 
 
Boys:
 
Green Valley - 35
Cove Creek - 19
 
Parkway - 32
Valle Crucis - 31
 
Hardin Park - 41
Blowing Rock - 18
 
Bethel - 45
Mabel - 12
 
 
MONDAY'S SCOREBOARD
BASKETBALL
GIRLS
 
EAST BURKE 44, MORGANTON-PATTON 18
 
BOYS
EAST BURKE 57, MORGANTON-PATTON 54
 
 
NCHSAA Approves Pitch-Count Rule for Baseball
 
RALEIGH — The NCHSAA at its recent winter board of directors meeting approved a new pitch-count rule for high school baseball starting this spring.

The rule sets a number of required calendar days of rest based on the number of pitches thrown, up to a maximum of 105 pitches in a single day. The rule allows a pitcher to finish an at bat if he reaches the 105-pitch maximum.

Throwing 1-30 pitches in game action will still not require a day of rest between appearances, however 31-45 pitches now require one day, with two days off mandatory after 46-60 pitches, three days for 61-75 pitches and four days for 76 pitches or more.

Any pitcher appearing two consecutive days (regardless of number of pitches thrown) must rest one day, with the exception of the state championship series, which will now utilize a 120-pitch maximum over the course of the full series whether it’s two or three games.

American Legion Baseball adopted a similar rule in October. The high schools’ discussion was brought about by a mandate from the National Federation of State High School Associations in July, and the NCHSAA heard and meshed proposals from the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association and the NCHSAA’s sports medicine advisory committee in its decision.

The NCHSAA also announced a football offseason change. Coaches now have the choice between the old skill development rules that allowed a coach to work with 21 or fewer players outside of established dead periods or can instead utilize the current rules that allow for skill development with an unlimited number of athletes during only a 10-day window each May.

Another immediate change implemented by the state included a decision to amend the one-year pilot seeding program in all bracketed sports for 2016-17. Teams qualifying for winter and spring playoffs will now be seeded within their full region, East or West, before they are split into sub-regions for the cross-bracketing step of the process.

The NCHSAA also approved changes to the qualification process for the state cross country meet as well as in the regional qualification process for girls golf in 2017. 


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