19 Chapters listed A to Z with page numbers taking you quickly to desired rule topic!

Balk

Base Awards Frequently Called

Batter’s Interference

Batter’s Interference: Penalty

Batting Out of Order

Bench and Field Conduct

Charged Conferences

Courtesy Runner

Designated Hitter

Infield Fly Rule

Interference - Offensive, Umpire, Spectator

Interference - Runner

Obstruction

Pitching Stances

Runner Hit By a Fair Batted Ball

Running Lane

Slide Definition

Substitutions Definition

Verbal and Written Warnings & Ejections

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Two rulings amended in the 2017 edition

Interference – Runner

Any Runner is out:

- If the runner intentionally
interferes with a player attempting to
throw or a thrown ball Rule 8-4-2g, Pg. 53

- If the runner hinders a fielder on his initial attempt to field a batted ball. Rule 8-4-2g, Pg. 53

Interference is an immediate dead ball

Rule 5-1-1e Pg. 34

- If the defensive player misplays the initial play and moves less than a (step and a reach)* going after the ball and contact is made, the runner is out for interference. Rule 8-4-2g, Pg. 53

- If the defensive player misplays the initial play and moves

beyond a (step and a reach)* going after the ball and the runner is contacted or path altered, that defensive player is now obstructing the runner Rule 8-4-2g, Pg. 53

- If the runner intentionally makes contact while the defensive player is beyond a (step and a reach)* when fielding a misplayed ball, it would then still be runner’s interference Rule 8-4-2g Pg. 53

(Step and a Reach) *

Clarification

(Step and a Reach) is a parameter that defines the defensive player’s area of protection from interference and when that area of protection ends while fielding a misplayed batted ball.

Balk

- The pitcher changes his continuous pitching motion that he had been continually using. Rule 6-2-4d, Pg. 41

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Difficult baseball rules revised into simple language, in depth rule information and easy to find.

Here are the 19 rules that are in plain English in the 2017 edition that include the 2017 NFHS rule changes.

Balk

Base Awards Frequently Called

Batter’s Interference

Batter’s Interference: Penalty

Batting Out of Order

Bench and Field Conduct

Charged Conferences

Courtesy Runner

Designated Hitter

Infield Fly Rule

Interference - Offensive, Umpire, Spectator

Interference - Runner

Obstruction

Pitching Stances

Runner Hit By a Fair Batted Ball

Running Lane

Slide Definition

Substitutions Definition

Verbal and Written Warnings & Ejections

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