The Japan High School Baseball Federation's Technical Committee met in Osaka on the 20th and discussed the introduction of tie-breaker rules next year -- for baseball: beginning with spring prefectural tournaments (tournaments leading up to and including the Koshien would not be affected by the rules until at least 2016); and for rubber baseball: beginning with spring regional and national tournaments.
Opinions will further be exchanged during a meeting on November 15. A draft will likely be presented during a board meeting on November 27 for a final decision. Discussions for rubber baseball will take place during a committee meeting on November 4.
Additionally, the Kyushu Region High School Baseball Federation held a board meeting on the 24th and discussed the tie-breaker rules. They are currently planning to approve the implementation of the rules, provided it be done on a trial basis and then judged to see if results were good or bad. They also want to further discuss the timing of the tie-breaker rules -- as it stands, the bases will be loaded with one out beginning in the 10th. Kyushu Federation officials feel players should be given a slightly larger window to compete in.