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NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White: 2019-2020

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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.

Product Description

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!

About the Author

By the author, Jim Bettencourt

I was born in 1955 in Willows, Ca, a small rural farming community, and fast pitch softball was thriving. Every community small and large had a team, a league, traveling teams, and everyone of them were “cleats high” competitive. From my earliest childhood memory I can recall going to baseball fields once, twice sometimes three times a week as my dad played fast pitch softball. 

I always looked forward to my dad’s games. It was my chance to be away from my older siblings and an opportunity to play with other kids my age. My favorite kid’s baseball game was playing pickle. It was great fun to actually role play real baseball, and we did it for hours. When I wasn’t at a ball game, I would be at home either playing catch with my older brother or playing a game of four kid baseball in the cow pasture, complete with cow paddy bases, dried of course. 

If my siblings weren’t around, I would toss the ball as high as possible and practice catching it, never boring for a kid. Another catch and throw game, rotten eggs found in the hay barn made a great game of toss, catch, and take a step back, repeat, really helped emphasize the importance of soft hands, or else. Being raised in the 1960’s on a dairy farm four miles from town, kids when not working learn how to entertain themselves or find mischief. 

My first memory of little league I was 10 and in right field. A ball was misplayed by the second baseman. Seeing where it was hit I charged to back up the play, ended up making the play on the ball stopping all runners in the process. My coaches liked what they saw, and I was now the new second baseman. I had many fun years playing little league, was able to play with the same group of kids and same coaches the entire time. Because the small town I lived in then is still the same small town I live in today, nearly everyday I see one or two of the same kids on my team or the kids I played against. Only some fifty years later.

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