August 15, 2011
NCAA approves instant replay in
College World Series
NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the use of
experimental instant replay for the 2012 College World Series.
Reviewable plays include:
* Determination if possible home run is fair or
* Determination if batted ball left playing field
for a home run or ground-rule double.
* Spectator-interference plays on potential home
ESPN uses 17 camera locations at TD Ameritrade
Park for the CWS. Instant replay was not considered for the
entire NCAA Tournament since not all regional and super regional
sites would have the same video setup.
Instant replay will operate under the assumption
that the call on the field is correct. A call would be changed
only if there is indisputable video evidence. Otherwise, the
call on the field stands. Replay would occur before the next
pitch or play. If a game-ending play is involved, it must be
called before the umpires leave the field.
On a reviewed play, the calling umpire and crew
chief would go to the designated replay area. At least one
umpire would stay on the field. The crew chief would make the
final decision on the replayed call.
The use of instant replay was recommended by both
the Division I Baseball Committee and the NCAA Baseball Rules
A play in Game 2 of the 2011 CWS illustrated the
need for instant replay. Brian Johnson hit a ball in the seventh
inning that was called a ground-rule double, but replay showed
it was a home run.