The official baseball rules govern all professional play in the united states and canada, including the world baseball classic. In such cases, the runner may go directly to his original base. The only time that a fielder is not obligated to get out of the way of a baserunner is when the fielder is fielding a hit ball or in possession of the ball. Interference is a broad rule book term that refers to a number of illegal actions that occur during a contest to change the course of the game. The scorer shall have authority to rule on any point not covered specifically in these rules. Baseball rule protects ballparks from lawsuits the boston.
Includes rule reference numbers for use in looking up relevant rules in the official baseball rules. Oct 31, 2016 18 weird baseball rules americas pastimes a weird sport ok. The rule book defines a mound visit as any time a manager goes to the mound to meet with a pitcher, a. Official baseball rules sporting news, sporting news. The only baseball rules guide to organize the essentials into a logical presentation. According to the official rule book, obstruction is defined as the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner. Amajorleagueclub,inordertorelocatewithinthehome territory of another major league club, must comply with the following conditions. National association of professional baseball leagues umpire manual. Defining interference and obstruction little league baseball. All instances of batterrunner obstruction before he reaches first base, regardless of whether.
No other model rules interpretations should be considered. Breaking the unwritten rules, of baseball and politics. With minor league baseballs florida state league classa. The official rules of baseball illustrated is required reading for anyone who wants to know the game welland for the millions of fans who want to know it better. Two runners may not occupy a base, but if, while the ball is alive, two runners are touching a base, the following runner shall be out when tagged. A modification was also made to rule 827, which strikes the language preventing a player who is awarded first base on a base on balls the ability to overrun the base and return safely. Beginning with the 2015 high school baseball season, teams will be allowed to use video monitoring or replay equipment for coaching purposes during games. Apr 03, 2016 breaking the unwritten rules, of baseball and politics.
Interference can be committed by the team at the plate or the team in the field, as well as by players not even in the game at the time, an umpire, a fan, or another individual not associated with the team. To maintain a consistent and uniform standard for high school competition. When the obstruction occurs, the umpire shall call or signal obstruction. The 2015 american legion baseball rule book is currently in the process of being sent to all state department baseball chairmen to distribute to coaches. The home team will bat if the visiting team goes ahead in the top of the mercy inning.
The only book to clearly define baseball concepts taken for granted since their inception. Rule 2322c a runner may legally slide past home plate, even if he makes contact with a fielder or alters the play of the fielder, provided the slide meets all other provisions of the sliding rules and he does not initiate malicious contact. The terms interference and obstruction are often misunderstood and confused by managers, coaches, and umpires alike. Program guidelines registration a copy of a players birth certificate will be required for any players first year of play. These people answering this question have no idea about the rules of baseball. In the simplest of terms, interference is a penalty. This revision to rule 331 was one of five changes recommended by the national federation of state high school associations nfhs baseball rules committee at its june 810 meeting in. What does the rule book say about the upper part o. Important notes 1 the playing rules committee, at its december 2014 meeting, voted to reorganize and recodify the official baseball rules into a more logical.
Rules and regulations hap dumont youth baseball kansas. State rules interpreters may contact the nfhs for model rules interpretations. The deadline extension was granted to accommodate those schools that had a robust surplus of baseballs and allow them to be used and not be wasted or destroyed. Case book material in this edition is in shaded boxes and is labeled as comment.
Back in the late 19th century, when baseball was still a relatively young game, collisions on the basepaths were becoming a problem, so major league baseball established the modern obstruction rule to give baserunners the right of way, preventing fielders from blocking their path source. Players of league age 18 and under born on or between may 1, 1997 and april 30, 2001. Majority baseball rule limits spectator liability law. In so doing, boise baseball claimed it had complied with the baseball rule and was, therefore, entitled to summary judgment dismissing rountrees lawsuit. Divided into nine sections including section 1 equipment, players, and the playing field. Well, that kinda depends on which rulebook youre looking at, and more importantly, how you count rules as an example of what i mean. To ensure that every baseball manufactured meets the same level of quality and playability.
High school baseball rules changes focus on player safety. Manteca, ca 95337 2098242400 any rule not in the big league dreams rule book shall be governed by the 2011 usssa rule book. There are written regulations, too, certainly, inscribed in the form of election laws, or an actual baseball rule book. Catchers must follow the little league rule on catching. The only rule is it has to work is a baseball book not a book on statistics. Baseball rule protects ballparks from lawsuits the. Healy, chief legal counsel for the massachusetts bar association. If the pitched ball deflects off the catcher or umpire and subsequently touches the batterrunner, it is not considered interference. Nations baseball was formed to bring together the best elements in youth baseball today. On fields where the fence does not run completely across the outfield or down the sides of.
Program age before may 1 tee ball 46 rookie 78 minor 910. A run is scored when a player of the batting team has progressed in a counterclockwise fashion around the three bases and retumed to. The only baseball rules aid in which every word has a specific and unequivocal meaning. The rules are also published in book form in north america by the sporting news. Upper chesapeake recreation baseball league ucrbl rule book i. If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, or if the batterrunner is. A complete rewrite of the jumbled rules of professional baseball. The nfhs is the sole and exclusive source of model interpretations of nfhs rules. Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the. National federation of state high school associations. Uefl rules book uefl postseason awards history uefl standings. The only time that a fielder is not obligated to get out of the way of a baserunner is when the fielder is fielding or in.
Minor league baseball umpire manual rulebook rulebooks. The notations to nfhs high school, ncaa, and naia rule differences are found in an appendix where the relevant amateur rule differences are explained. The obstruction rule bans unsanctioned collisions on the basepaths by preventing defensive players from blocking the passage of the baserunners. In nfhs, obstruction is always a delayed dead ball never immediate dead ball. Umpire requirements refer to official baseball rule 3. All pitching and catching data must be recorded in. It is the official umpire manual and rulebook for minor league baseball umpire development formerly pbuc. Mercy rule 15 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings, and 8 runs after 5 innings for all games. When an arbiter is needed to settle disputes regarding baseball rules, this is the book to consult. Players will play in their age groups according to their birth dates as indicated below. He will answer your question on basic baseball rules and regulations, major league baseball rules, high school baseball rules, little league baseball rules, etc.
In baseball, obstruction is when a fielder illegally hinders a baserunner running within the. High school rules nfhs baseball rules book treat obstruction differently from obr. This umpire manual is the definitive resource for professional and amateur umpires alike. According to the official rule book, obstruction is defined as the act of a fielder.
The complete rules are published as the official baseball rules at, the official web site of major league baseball in the united states and canada. Adult modified baseball 2014 rule book big league dreams sports park 1077 milo candini dr. When obstruction occurs, the umpire shall call or signal obstruction. On this page you can ask coach henze any baseball rule book question you have. A ground rule double is a double that is awarded due. Baseball manual university interscholastic league uil.
Many amateur and youth leagues use the obr with only a few modifications for safety. When the ball is not dead on obstruction and an obstructed runner advances beyond the base which. Nations baseball the premiere baseball organization. Section d the umpire shall be assured by the home club that an adequate supply of regulation balls are immediately available for use if required. National federation of state high school associations baseball. Rule 1 circuits a conditions to relocation to another clubs territory. Baseballsoftball lineup sheets 100 sheets baseballsoftball scorebook. If forced to return, he shall retouch all bases in reverse order, unless the ball is dead under any provision of rule 5. A complete listing of the baseball rules changes will be available on the nfhs website at. There are several major rules, which differ only slightly. There is no rule about the ball getting stuck in the ivy. The 2014 revision to the official baseball rules, in renumbering the rules, has disposed of the timehonored type a and type b obstruction. This 159page milb manual contains the official rule interpretations and clarifications used throughout minor league baseball.
Ncaa publications baseball 2017 and 2018 rules and. Aug 08, 2007 a ground rule double is a double that is awarded due to a unique to a particular park or grounds hence the term. Baserunners are generally permitted to run from base to base without being physically blocked or hindered by a fielder. Starting with advanced technology, the nations baseball website features the most complete roster system and team classification system in the country. In baseball, obstruction is when a fielder illegally hinders a baserunner running within the basepath. Back in the late 19th century, when baseball was still a relatively young game. An example of a ground rule double is the ball getting stuck in the ivy at wrigley field. This new baseball rule being floated is the worst idea in the history of ideas no exaggeration by christopher powers share this story. Baseball isnt typically considered a contact sport, thanks in large part to one rule. The offensive or batting team try to score as many runs points as possible. Breaking the unwritten rules, of baseball and politics cbs news. Completely updated for 1999, this is the official rule book used by major league umpires as well as other professional and amateur baseball organizations.
Official baseball rules sporting news, sporting news staff. The baseball rule was devised in the early part of the 20th century when baseball was played at a much slower pace, said martin w. Includes instances in which the rules of high school and college ncaa and naia differ from the professional rules. When the ball bounces over the fence is defined in the rule book. In so doing, boise baseball claimed it had complied with the baseball rule and was, therefore, entitled to. Rule changes are underlined in this edition of the official baseball rules. Today, we will cover obstruction and interference and the difference between them. A pitcher that hits three batters in a game must be removed from the game. Obstruction describes an act by a fielder, who is not in possession of the ball or in the process of fielding it, that. Obstruction refers to a fielder who hinders a runner. Teams compete in metro, select, elite and premier, leagues and tournaments around the nation with opportunities to attend world series events in the most.
Nationals still figuring out baseballs new paceofplay rules in spring training. Let me start with some very basic definitions to avoid confusion as you read the rest of the article. Fully uptodate, this book contains the official and sanctioned mlb rules and their interpretations per the playing rules. Yes statistical research is an important theme throughout, but the baseball story is what endures. About the author david nemec is the author of over twentyfive baseball books and novels. You can spit anywhere, literally anywhere, except on. The authors, ben lindbergh and sam miller, are young but well known baseball writers in the new media places like baseball prospectus, grantland, and their joint podcast. The act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner. Jun 01, 2017 2017 official rules of major league baseball triumph books on. A book rule double is when the ball bounces over the outfield fence.514 1437 908 1148 811 775 1073 1577 420 428 611 75 607 295 1633 1322 1196 156 1054 607 260 1424 644 278 390 1308 1153 964 93 28 1199 726 1396 314