The Roanoke Times
Virginia Tech baseball players can no longer celebrate by swinging homer hammers in front of the team dugout.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced Thursday that it has banned all baseball teams from using off-base events.
The ban begins in the 2023 season.
The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee recommended the ban last month, but the recommendation had to be approved by the regulatory panel.
“Hockey Nation, we want to apologize to all of our fans, especially the kids, at the NCAA,” said Tech volunteer assistant Tyler Hanson. “We know you love the experience of seeing the hammer hit. We are no longer allowed to do that. It’s a shame the joy is out of the game.”
The Hokies kick off the 2019 season. A homer-hitting hockey player would pound a hammer into the ground in front of Tech’s dugout as his teammates gathered around him.
The team had to change its schedule during the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
The Hokies were allowed to bring their hammers in front of their bullpen to celebrate homers during their NCAA regional, but were told by the NCAA that they could not do so during their Super Regional series.
NCAA baseball secretary and rules editor Randy Bruns said in a statement in June that there were “variable conditions” in different regions and therefore, “in order to promote good sportsmanship, participants everywhere are asked to limit any activities that support any activity in the dugout in any form.”
According to Bruns, NCAA baseball rules state that “undercover personnel actions designed to distract, intimidate or mislead the opposing team or reflect poor sportsmanship are not permitted.”
Rather than avoid the celebration entirely, the Hokies, who spent the night in the Super Regional, threw down a virtual hammer instead.
Miller won the senior women’s M
Andrea Miller of The Club at Glenmore won the 65th VSGA Senior Women’s Amateur on Friday at Homestead Old Course in Hot Springs.
She became the third player to win the trophy three times in a row. She also became the first player in eight years to win the Senior Women’s Amateur and Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championships in the same year.
Miller defeated Kay Tyler of Belle Haven Country Club 5-3. She sealed the victory with a birdie on the par-5 15th hole.
On Thursday at Homestead, Shawn McCullough of Mount Vernon Country Club won her fourth Super Senior Women’s Amateur. In the finals, Linda beat Deval 3 and 2.
Both tournaments started with stroke-play qualifying on Monday and the match began on Tuesday.
The iron coach comes out
Michael Baghetta has stepped down as head coach of Ferrum to become the first head coach of the new men’s lacrosse program at Life University in Georgia.
Baggett led the Panthers for five years. The team was 4-11 overall and 1-9 in the ODAC this year.
NAIA Member Life plans to begin playing men’s lacrosse in 2024.