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
After five decades of either playing, coaching or umpiring the game of baseball, Jim Bettencourt decided to write a series of books called Baseball Rules in Black and White. While umpiring over the last two decades, he has ruled on thousands of plays providing him with an umpire’s perspective of knowing which rules are frequently called during most every game. He has spent a lifetime in baseball, two decades umpiring, attended dozens of camps and clinics, and had many mentors. Bettencourt began officiating high school baseball in 2000. Since that time he has umpired Little League, men’s & women’s softball, Legion, Joe DiMaggio, Pony, High School, Junior College, University Div. II spring & fall ball, and S.F. Bay Area adult leagues.