High school tie-breaker rule proposal notes:
- Innings will start with runners on first and second and no out.
- Teams will be allowed to choose where in the order they start. For example: if a team decides to start with the fourth hitter at bat, then the runner on second will be the second hitter and the runner on first will be the third hitter.
- The tie-breaker rules can be used beginning in the 10th inning or the 13th inning. Districts will be able to decide.
- Districts will be able to decide whether to use the tie-breaker rules for their spring prefectural tournaments (not directly connected to the Koshien tournaments).
- Tie-breaker rules will not be used during the finals round.
- Some tournaments already use tie-breaker rules where innings begin with the bases loaded and one out. There will be a move to standardize the rule to the above.
- Rubber baseball will most likely implement tie-breaker rules for the summer's 60th tournament this year. The rule could be used beginning in the 13th inning.
The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) posted 235 new names on their list of former players that earned licenses to coach student baseball through the new training program. There are now 694 former players on the list.
Source: official list
Former Shikoku Island League plus and Route Inn Baseball Challenge League players could also be candidates for the training program developed by the NPB and JSBA.
Source: Sponichi 1/30/2015