The All Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF) announced today that they will continue to use the tie-break rules during the 2012 All Japan University Baseball Championships in order to conserve energy. While the tie-break rules last year stipulated that extra innings begin with the bases loaded and out out, the Federation plans to take a survey on what kinds of rules should be used this year.
The JUBF also announced that they will be selecting players from universities in the Kanto region, in addition to a number of players from the Tohoku region, for the team that will be playing a charity game against a mixed Industrial League team on 3/10 at Tokyo Dome. The rosters will be released on 1/26. Koji Kanemitsu (Hosei University manager) will manage the team.
The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) announced today that they reviewed high schools that plan to offer baseball scholarships this year and confirmed that 451 schools had programs that were suitable. There were 457 schools that offered baseball scholarships last year.
News schools: 26
Schools that stopped: 12
Schools that were over the limit (five or less per grade): 20
If the schools that went over the limit make the necessary adjustments, there will be a total 471 schools that plan to offer scholarships this year.
UPDATE 1/18 @ 2:54pm - The JHBF released the following corrections today:
New schools: 25
Schools that stopped: 11
In the case involving the death of a high school baseball player at Aomori Yamada High School, the media learned today that Aomori Police filed assault charges against a second year student from the same school.
According to the charges, the second year student allegedly struck two first year high school students on the night of December 18, 2011 and caused one of them to die at around 1:00am on December 19, 2011.