NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White

NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White

by Jim Bettencourt


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Created through a collaboration of dedicated, knowledgeable and highly respected baseball umpires, assignors, and professional rules consultants, NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White: 2019 – 2020 is the missing guide for umpires everywhere.

This series of enhanced learning resources for frequently called and complex rules of baseball targets each specific level of play. By enhancing baseball rule book language and the overall format, this series improves the value (knowledge) to the reader, while supporting the actual source of those rulings.
NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White: 2019 – 2020 has been updated to include the most recent rules changes from the NFHS 2019 and 2020 Baseball Umpires Manual. It clarifies, explains, and gives examples for all of the most common, difficult, or misinterpreted calls in the game.

NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White: 2019 – 2020 features
  • Collected and organized related rulings placed under a definitive chapter.
  • Confusing official rule book grammar converted into an easy-to-read and easy-to-retain format.
  • Explanations complementary to the NFHS 2019 and 2020 Baseball Umpires Manual.
  • Official NFHS rule and page numbers for ease of reference.
Being an umpire requires many skills, talents, and knowledge. A good umpire must have excellent tracking, a consistent strike zone, exceptional timing, and the ability to execute proper field mechanics. Most important, though, an umpire must have a solid knowledge of the rules of baseball!

Having a proficient level of rules knowledge empowers umpires to have greater confidence and accuracy when making split-second calls. This in turn improves their ability to effectively explain rule interpretations and establish superior game management skills. Rules knowledge is vital to becoming a respected umpire.
An effective baseball rules resource should take a reader directly to a rule, use straightforward language to convey a clear and decisive interpretation, and retain accuracy. NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White: 2019 – 2020 is that resource!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681571522
Publisher: Blue River Press
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

Table of Contents

Dedication iii

Foreword ix

Introduction xi

Balk 1

Definition of a Balk 2

Definition of an Illegal Pitch 3

It is a Balk 4

Illegal Acts 7

It is Not a Balk 9

Author's Summary, Balk 11

Author's Notes, Balk 12

Base Running Awards and Appeals 15

One Base Award 16

Two Base Award 19

Three Base Award 23

Time of Base Award 25

Appeal Procedures for Base Running 26

Live Ball Appeal 27

Dead Ball Appeal 28

Missed Base & Failure to Tag-Up Appeals 29

Third Out Appeals 31

Runner Returning to Touch Missed Base or Tag Up 34

A Player Cannot Return to a Missed Base or to Tag Up 35

Batting Out of Order 37

Legal Appeal for Batting Out of Order 38

Rulings for Batting Out of Order 39

Author's Examples, Batting Out of Order 41

Author's Summary, Batting Out of Order 44

Catch 45

Definition of a Catch 46

Definition of when a Fly Ball is not a Catch 47

Fielder Intentionally Drops a Fly Ball 48

Fielder Allows Fly Ball to Drop Untouched 49

Charged Conferences 51

Defense Conference Regulation Seven-Inning Game 52

Defensive Conference for Extra Innings 53

Defensive Conference Ends 54

Offensive Conference 55

Offensive Conference Ends 56

Conference without Penalty 57

Dead Ball Guide-Delayed 59

A Batted Ball is a Delayed Dead Ball 60

Interference is a Delayed Dead Ball 61

Obstruction is a Delayed Dead Ball 63

Pitched Ball is a Delayed Dead Ball 64

Thrown Ball is a Delayed Dead Ball 65

Deadball-Immediate 67

Batted Ball is an Immediate Dead Ball 67

Batter Causes an Immediate Dead Ball 70

Defense is an Immediate Dead Ball 71

Interference is an Immediate Dead Ball 72

Pitched Bail is an Immediate Dead Ball 74

Thrown Ball is an Immediate Dead Ball 76

Designated Hitter Rule 77

Rulings for Designated Hitter 78

The Designated Hitter is Terminated 79

Infield Fly Rule in Effect 81

Definitions of an Infield Fly 82

When the Infield Fly Rule is in Effect Rulings 83

Author's Notes, Possible Infield Fly in Effect over Foul Line 84

Author's Notes, Infield Fly in Effect Summary 86

Batter's Interference 87

Definition for Batter's Interference 88

Rulings for Batter's Interference 89

Definition for Follow-Through Interference 91

Definition for Backswing Interference 93

Interference Offense / Umpire / Spectator / Runner 95

Definition for Offensive Interference 96

Rulings for Offensive Interference 97

Rulings for Runner Interference 99

Malicious Contact by a Runner 101

Umpire's Interference 103

It is Not Umpire's Interference 104

Spectator's Interference 105

Coach's Interference 106

Obstruction 107

Definition of Obstruction 108

Obstructed Runner: 109

Malicious Contact Supersedes Obstructed Runner 111

Obstructed Batter 113

Pitching Positions, Stances & Substitutions 115

Both Set and Windup Positions, Rulings 116

Legal Set Stance Illustrated 117

Legal Windup Stance Illustrated 118

Illegal Windup Stance Illustrated 119

Set Position, Rulings 120

Windup Position, Rulings 121

Both Set and Windup Positions, Summary 122

Pitching Substitutions 123

Runner, Run Lane & Slide Rulings 125

Runner Hit by a Fair Batted Ball Rulings: 126

Runner Hit by Fair Fly Ball, While Infield Fly Rule is in Effect Rulings: 127

Two Runners Occupy the Same Base Rulings: 128

Trail Runner Passes Lead Runner Rulings: 129

Runner Returns to Touch Missed Base or Tag Up Rulings: 130

A Player Cannot Return to a Missed Base or to Tag Up Rulings: 131

Runner's Path Between Bases Rulings: 132

Three Foot Running Lane Rulings: 133

Legal Slide Rulings: 134

Illegal Slide Rulings: 135

Force Play Slide Rulings: 136

Substitutions and Courtesy Runner 137

Definition of Eligible Substitute 138

Illegal Substitute, Rulings 139

Courtesy Runner-Speed Up Rules 141

Verbal and Written Warnings-Ejections 143

Verbal and Written Warnings-Ejections 144

Bench and Field Conduct, Rulings 146

Author's Notes, Verbal and Written Warnings-Ejections and Fights 151

About the Author 153

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