The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) will soften their requirements for former professional baseball players that want to coach high school baseball by allowing time spent teaching at junior high schools (instead of only at high schools).
The JHBF also decided to allow professional players the option to practice at high schools other than their alma maters, provided they submit the appropriate paperwork.
Both changes will be made official during a Japan Student Baseball Association trustees meeting in February.
The JHBF held a special national meeting in Osaka on Thursday, reminding all high schools to refrain from holding baseball skill tests during high school entrance exams, as outlined in charter, beginning in 2013. The JHBF will send out additional notices in February to the various regional federations. An update will also be filed with the Board of Education.
The City of Wakayama announced that they will recognize/honor the late Yukio Nishimoto as a pioneer in the field of baseball.
Nishimoto is a native of Wakayama and made a name for himself as manager of the Hankyu Braves (1963-1973; five first place finishes) and Kinetsu Buffaloes (1974-1981; two first place finishes). He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.
Wakayama has honored one other baseball player in the past: Seiichi Shima for his performance during the 1939 Summer Koshien -- he tossed five straight shutouts, including two straight no hitters during the semi-finals and finals.