The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) is conducting a health management survey of all 4,030 member schools concerning the implementation of tie-break rules to tournament games. Results will be gathered by the end of August and discussed.
The decision to conduct the survey was made during a Skill Promotion Committee meeting in June. Committee members felt tie-break rules were something to be considered since many international tournaments are now using them. Surveys were sent out to member schools on the 10th and also included questions on pitch limits.
Reaction appears to be somewhat mixed. While most seem to understand the concern over health, some are worried tie-break rules will ruin the competitive nature of the game, while others feel that the historically memorable game will become a thing of the past.
Yu Darvish was asked for his opinion on tie-break rules and he suggested inning limits per day based on the player's school year. As an example: first-year players five innings, second-year players six innings, and third-year players seven innings. He also suggested an increase in the number of allowed players per game (currently set at eighteen) to off-set the inning limits.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014, Sponichi 7/14/2014, Sponichi 7/14/2014, Sponichi 7/15/2014
On a side note: a reader sent a couple of links to articles that might be of interest (thanks Mike)-
Four students from Ono High School in Hyogo were named presenters for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Summer Koshien.
Third-year students Saeki Tanaka (田中冴佳) and Marina Ioroi (五百蔵茉奈) will be in charge of opening ceremonies. Second-year student Hiroto Ishii (石井寛人) and third-year student Haruka Hamaguchi (浜口晴香) will be in charge of closing ceremonies.
Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014
The Museum of Hanshin Koshien Stadium will be running a Summer Tournament 2014 exhibit between July 29 and September 7. They will also be running a special exhibit on Yu Aku's Koshien-no Uta between July 29 and October 5 as part of Koshien Stadium's ninetieth anniversary.
Source: official announcement (pdf), Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014