The Big 12 conference will implement a pitch clock for its conference games in 2018 in an attempt to speed up play.
Pitchers will have 15 seconds to deliver a pitch after receiving the ball from the catcher, but only when no runners are on base. There will be two visible 15-second clocks to give pitchers and batters a visual aid on the count.
Batters must be in the box before the clock expires, and a pitcher must deliver the ball before the 15 seconds is up. If a pitcher cannot deliver the pitch in a timely manner, a ball will be added to the count.
There will be no warnings issued, so pitchers will have to be on high alert from the start of the game.
The conference laid out the new rule changes in a video tweeted out earlier this week:
🗣 SO MUCH BASEBALL NEWS 🗣
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) March 22, 2018
Big 12 play opened this weekend. The conference has two schools, No. 10 Texas Tech and No. 20 TCU, inside the Top 25.