Tehachapi coach expected to recover after being hit by ball during game, rules may change

Coaches asked to wear helmets

TEHACHAPI, Calif. - An incident at a Tehachapi high school baseball game Tuesday could lead to a statewide change in rules for high school baseball.

Jim Circhlow, CIF Central section commissioner for high school athletics, says he has already sent an email to all high schools in his section urging them to have all coaches wear helmets well-being of first-base or third-base coach.

He says he plans to have a rule put in place that would require the helmets in time for next season.

Circhlow says he will also try to get the rule implemented at the state level during a commissioners meeting in June.

Tehachapi High School baseball coach Chris Olofson was hit just behind the left ear by a line drive during a playoff game on Tuesday night.

School district officials say Olofson suffered a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

Olofson is at Kern at Medical Center recovering and is said to be alert and joking.

District Superintendent Lisa Gilbert says as of this morning Olofsen was still experiencing bleeding on the brain.

Gilbert says Olofson will have to have reconstructive plastic surgery on his skull where the ball hit him.

District officials say the first question Olofson had when he came around at the hospital was whether his team had won.

They also say Olofson  was upset that paramedics had cut his brand-new jersey off of him.

The principal at Tehachapi High School said the players and students are still traumatized from the incident and counselors are available at the school today for those that need them.

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