NOTE: This is a change to the NFHS Rulebook and a different rule than the P/DH rule implemented by NYSPHSAA starting in the 2019 season.

The role of the designated hitter in high school baseball has been expanded to give coaches an additional option for the 2020 season.

The following umpires were selected to work the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Baseball championship games June 14-15 in Binghamton, NY. On behalf of NYSBUA, Inc, we wish to congratulate them on their selection and service to the tournament.

The NFHS Part I Exam and Answer Key can be found here:

If you have read the 2019 NFHS Baseball Rules Interpretations, you have undoubtedly read #12, concerning the legality of a bat with an embedded chip.  It contradicts what you heard from us and possibly passed on to your membership.

After a talk with Hopkins this morning, it seems that a sharp interpreter found Rule 1-3-2(a)3, which states that, 'Materials inside the bat or devices used to alter the bat specifications and/or enhance performance are prohibited and render the bat illegal.'

Therefore, the Marucci bat that was mentioned, is illegal, at least for the 2019 season.

Still thinking strikes,

Ron & Andy



To: NFHS Baseball Administrators and Baseball Rules Committee Members

From: B. Elliot Hopkins, MLD, CAA, Baseball Rules Editor and National Interpreter

Subject: The Usage and Allowance of Cheek and Jaw Protectors attached to Batting Helmets

Date: February 15, 2019