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The NCAA Tournament for women’s basketball is going to a two-host format for its regional rounds next year with eight teams apiece playing in Seattle and Greenville, South Carolina.

Each of those sites will host two regional semifinal games March 24 and two more on March 25. Each site will host one regional championship on March 26 and another on March 27.

The NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed on March 12, the same day that the men’s tournament announces its teams.

The First Four opening-round women’s games will take place March 15-16 and will be conducted on campuses of teams seeded among the top 16. All sites bidding for round-of-64 and round-of-32 games must agree to the possibility of hosting a First Four game as well.

Ball State athletic director Beth Goetz will serve as the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball chair for the 2022-23 school year. Oregon deputy athletics director Lisa Peterson is vice chair and will take over as chair in 2023-24.

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MLB 2023 rule changes: Players vote AGAINST new rules but pitch clock and bigger bases set to come in

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL will look a little different from 2023.

The league office announced in a statement earlier this year that three sets of rule changes were voted through by the Joint Competition Committee and will be put into effect from next season.

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The three changes in question will see base sizes change, the implementation of a pitch timer, and the rules surrounding defensive shifts altered.

What changes will be made to base size?

From 2023, bases will increase in size from fifteen to eighteen inches square.

The primary aim of this change is to reduce the risk of injuries to first basemen from an incoming base runner.

The league also stated that the four and a half inch reduction in distance between bases (excluding home plate) may "have a modest impact on stolen-base success rate," including more attempts.

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This was the only rule change to be voted in unanimously.

What is the purpose of a pitch timer?

The pitch timer will be introduced with the impetuous being on speeding up play and shortening games.

There will now be a 30-second timer between batters, while there will be a fifteen second timer between pitches when the bases are empty, and a 20-second timer when runners are on base.

The statement says that: "At last check, the pitch timer had reduced the average time of game in MLB by about 26 minutes."

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Similar to football, the pitcher's throwing motion will have to begin before the clock runs out, or risk being charged with an automatic ball.

A strikeout will be charged to any batter who is not prepared for the pitcher and in the box within the final eight seconds of the timer.

The timer will reset if a pickoff is attempted by the pitcher or they step off the rubber.

It also states that this rule has resulted in a rise in stolen-base attempts in the Minors.

What changes will be made to defensive shifts?

In a move aimed at allowing "infielders to better showcase their athleticism and to restore more traditional outcomes on batted balls," the defense will have to have at least four players on the infield, and at least two either side of second base.

They also say this change should "increase the batting average on balls in play," as they say the batting average has dropped sixteen points in as many years.

This rule also dictates that infielders cannot change sides, and if an infielder is not lined up correctly during the pitch, "the offense can choose an automatic ball or the result of the play."

3Pitch clocks were already in place in MiLBCredit: AP How have players responded?

If the statement released by the Major League Baseball Players Association is to believed - not particularly well.

The statement says: "Player leaders from across the league were engaged in on-field rules negotiations through the Competition Committee, and they provided specific and actionable feedback on the changes proposed by the Commissioner's Office.

"Major League Baseball was unwilling to meaningfully address the areas of concern that Players raised, and as a result, Players on the Competition Committee voted unanimously against the implementation of the rules covering defensive shifts and the use of a pitch timer."

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