WBSC launches new rules to boost Olympic appeal of baseball

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has introduced a number of new rules to baseball in a move designed to make the game faster and appeal to a younger audience ahead of its return to the Olympic Games programme.

The WBSC has approved the review of a strict 12-second time limit between pitches, with testing and implementation to start at youth events and Women’s Baseball World Cups. An intentional walk rule has also been approved, ensuring managers will only have to signal to umpires to issue an intentional walk.

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