1. We have accurately converted difficult rule book language and small print into (easy to read and understand) sentences, in large font.
2. Each chapter is (filled with related rulings, sub-rulings and examples) with content formatted logically in order of sequence and importance.
3. Over 300 converted rulings, each one with the (official rule and page number) listed.
4. Chapters are listed A to Z in the Table of Contents, located in the front of the book to target rules quickly.
5. The (converted rulings in the 2018 High School Edition) have been validated by (accomplished and respected) Umpires, Assigners and Rule Advisers.
“A Better Way to Learn and Apply the Rules of Baseball!” TM
The 2018 High School Edition has become even more reader friendly. While chapters still consist of related rulings, there are many aspects of those related rulings that vary and have specific headings. Those specific headings are now listed with their page number in the Table of Contents, making locating the specific ruling even easier and faster.
My name is Colin Brown and one of the most frustrating challenges I’ve experienced in thirteen years of umpiring baseball is trying to decipher the written hieroglyphics of the baseball rule books. Consistently confusing for the sake of being confusing. Reading the rule book causes most anyone to come away scratching their head asking themselves, “What the heck do they mean by that statement”? It’s nearly as bad as reading a book on real estate law.
James Bettencourt has done something most people are not willing to do; identify a problem and do something proactive to effect change. Not just for himself, but for the baseball community at large.
Taking on translating baseball rule book language, changing it into an easily understood resource, is a tremendous undertaking and illustrates an incredible amount of integrity. While James has done this with the most inexperienced umpire in mind, experienced umpires benefit as well. Both rookie and veteran umpires gain an improved ability to interpret and apply the rules of baseball correctly.
However James didn’t just write this book for the umpires benefit, differently not! Coaches are just as befuddled by the rule book as the umpires are. Ask any baseball coach what the most frustrating thing is during a game. Nine out of ten times they’ll say its incorrect rule interpretation. The odd thing is, many coaches don’t know the rule is being misinterpreted, because they have the same problem understanding the convoluted rule book language as the umpires do.
By writing an easily understood companion to the NFHS rule book, James is helping umpires and coaches bridge the gap. Sports officials are trying to change a culture of a breakdown in communication. The unique format and agreeable information in these books can create a spirit of cooperation between coaches and officials, instead of an us vs them mentality. I truly believe this begins with a transparent, easily understood and correctly interpreted rule book. This series of books, Baseball Rules in Black in White has all three of these elements.
This book should be required reading for all high school baseball umpires, coaches and fans. I find it interesting how something so simple is having such a desired and positive effect. Thank you James for thinking outside the box and providing something that has always been needed, but for unknown reasons never produced.
Bio: Colin Brown has been a baseball umpire for thirteen years, two years at the NAIA level, three years at the Junior College level, five years at the High School level, and ten years at the Little League and Pony level. In 2014 he attended the Black & Blue Umpire (2 man camp) in Sacramento, Ca. and in 2016 the (3 man camp) in Riverside, Ca. Colin works as a 911 dispatcher in the Bay Area and resides in Vacaville California.