High School Student-Athlete & UIL FAQ
Does Baseball Nation offer fall baseball for HS Players?
Absolutely! Our HS program consist of a Sunday double header league and/or a college showcase circuit. Teams do not practice during the week, just games on Sunday’s.
Are there tryouts for fall baseball?
Yes, you can find all of the tryout dates/times and player fees by clicking HERE
Why do we only play double headers in the fall and no practice?
This is a great question! The fall season in baseball is considered the “off season”. It is important for players to regenerate their body’s and also rebuild during this time. The double headers allow for pitchers to keep pitch counts to a minimum and hitters to see live pitching.
What does my son need to do in the off-season to prepare for high school?
This is another great question. This will be a make or break year for a lot of baseball players. Many players have good skill sets but only the best players will play from here on out. The best players are training hard year around getting bigger, faster and stronger while also fine tuning their skill sets. There is no better time then NOW to get into a strong performance program. Baseball Nation has partnered with EXOS to execute our performance programs. EXOS trains multiple MLB players across the nation. I would highly encourage this program for all players. This type of program can help players unlock physical limitations they may have that hinders performance on the field. After break throughs of physical limitations, players will accelerate their skill sets on the field. This is truly necessary to be a 5 tool player. CLICK HERE for more information
Is there a spring season for HS players?
At Baseball Nation we have the upmost respect for HS baseball programs. With that being said we do not offer a “spring” season for the HS players. Instead we offer a “summer” season. This season starts early to mid May as soon as all players complete play with their school team.
When are tryouts for summer baseball?
We will hold tryouts for HS summer teams in November and December. It is important for us to solidify rosters before players begin their season with their school. Again, this allows them to focus on their school team and roll into summer ball when they finish their season.
How do we gain college exposure?
First and foremost players need to take care of business in the classroom. The first question coaches ask is “how are his grades?” That always dictates the next question they ask. Secondly, players need to be very cautious on what they post on social media. There have been multiple players lose scholarships over something they posted on a social media app. Third, you have to make yourself visible to coaches and scouts. The best way to accomplish this is to create a player profile with video captures. We recommend all players to get a player profile started with Player Nation USA. CLICK HERE for more information.
What constitutes eligibility for a junior varsity student?
The student must be in compliance with Texas Education Agency no pass-no play requirements, must be enrolled as a full-time student in the school that he represents, and must be in compliance with the Amateur Rule.
Can a district impose stricter standards for eligibility?
Local school district may voluntarily impose stricter standards for participation in extracurricular activities than are required by the State Board of Education.
How many classes must a student be enrolled in to be considered full time?
A student must be enrolled in classes for at least four hours per day of instruction for state or local credit.
May students participate in non-school activities?
Students may participate in non-school activities at anytime. This means that a student may play, practice or participate in a try-out for non-school teams.
Where can information regarding college recruiting be obtained?
You may obtain a complimentary copy of NCAA recruiting regulations by calling NCAA at 317-917-6222 to request the brochure: Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete. NCAA web site is www.ncaa.org.
May senior athletes take paid recruiting visits to colleges and universities?
How many games may a baseball team play in a week?
There is no restriction on the number of games a baseball team may play in a calendar week. However, the Texas Education Agency mandates that teams may play on only one school night, Monday through Thursday. For example, a team could play a doubleheader on Tuesday, a doubleheader after school on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday. All games would count toward the total games allowed.
May a student receive private instruction during the school baseball season?
Yes. Students may receive private instruction at anytime.
High School Pitch Count (Grades 9 through 12):
0-30 pitches 0 days rest
31-45 pitches 1 day rest
46-65 pitches 2 days rest
66-85 pitches 3 days rest
86-110 pitches 4 days rest
Junior High Pitch Count (Grades 7 and 8):
0-20 pitches 0 days rest
21- 35 pitches 1 day rest
36 – 50 pitches 2 days rest
51 – 65 pitches 3 days rest
66 – 85 pitches 4 days rest
During regular season, pitch count limit is determined after each single game appearance Only official game pitches will count. (not warm up pitches) Rest is defined as not using a pitcher in a contest. Rest days are counted for the full day regardless of appearance start time. (ex: Varsity Pitcher throws 95 pitches on Friday. Rest days are Sat, Sun, Mon, and Tues. He is eligible to pitch on Wednesday, not Tuesday night.).
A pitcher will be allowed to complete current at-bat even if they hit pitch count max during the at-bat, but must exit as a pitcher after that hitter regardless of recording an out or number of outs in inning. There are no restrictions on allowing any game day pitcher (starter or reliever) from resuming play in the field after being removed as a pitcher, regardless of pitch count.
There will be NO change to regulations in post-season play. (i.e.: no increase in pitch count max or leeway in rest days)
Tournaments or Series:
In multi game series or tournaments, pitch count can be divided into separate appearances as long as combined total does not exceed appropriate pitch count max. Days of rest will be determined by final pitch count of the series or tournament. (ex: In post season series, starter goes (X) innings for a total pitch count of (X) (amount not exceeding max count) in first game of 3 game series. That same athlete can be used as short reliever in either of next 2 games of the same series, up to combined total pitch count max (85/110). At conclusion of series, combined total number of pitches will determine days of rest based on chart.) 2 Back to Back Games due to postponement: In the case of games that are rained out, and rescheduled on consecutive nights, pitch counts will follow the series protocol.
In the case of a doubleheader, the second game will not serve as a rest day for pitchers who threw in the first game. However, pitch count max can be split up between both games and total pitches after second appearance will determine rest day period. ****If pitcher is used twice in 3-day series, the rest day start period will begin after the second appearance even if there was a day of rest in between.
UIL Pitching Regulations and procedures apply to all levels of play. (Junior High, Freshman, JV, and Varsity) Each game will need an official pitch counter provided by the home team.
The official pitch counter will not be allowed to be in the dugout. Coaches/team representative will meet between innings to verify counts. Pitch counts will be verified at the conclusion of the game with a signature on a verification form. DEC will establish the means for the record of tracking pitches and the protocol for game reporting for both pre-season and district play.
DEC will maintain record of pitch counts and establish procedures accordingly. The home team is responsible for submitting the verification form to their District Chair within 48 hours of the end of the contest for filing. District Chairs are responsible for keeping the Certification and providing access to those numbers when requested.
In post season, official pitch counts MUST be entered in Max Preps after each game. The home team will provide the official pitch counter (the same as in regular season games). Should any dispute arise, the primary source for final pitch count will be the official scorebook/count of the home team. Umpires will NOT have any kind of jurisdiction or involvement in pitch count.
Alleged violations of the Pitch Count Rule occurring during the regular season will be handled by the District Executive Committee in accordance with section 29 of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. Alleged violations of the Pitch Count Rule occurring during the post season will be handled by the State Executive Committee in accordance with section 27 of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules.
FOR ADDITION INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT :
Baseball Nation Recruiting Coordinator