Baseball Rules in Black and White™ 

"A Better Way to Learn and Apply the Rules of Baseball"™  

James C  Bettencourt Author

Baseball Rules in Black & White


For over five decades I have either played, coached or officiated baseball. I have played the game of baseball for nearly thirty years starting with little league, high school and then competitive men’s fast pitch softball.  I began officiating high school baseball in 2000.  Since that time I have 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 semi-pro leagues.

I grew up watching my dad play and coach fast pitch softball. Since my dad’s passing, I cherish those fond memories of watching him.  The most cherished times were spent playing competitive ball alongside him and especially seeing him pitch his last complete game at the age of 58. I know my dad’s influence has given me the good judgement and honesty that all officials should strive for, both off and on the field.

Currently, I am a 61 year old landscape contractor, author, founder of a non-profit, and a baseball umpire.  I have a beautiful wife, Kristel Bettencourt, three adult children and two wonderful grandchildren. My initial objective in creating Baseball Rules in Black and White was to provide an accelerator for beginning umpires and a refresher for seasoned umpires. Baseball Rules in Black and White does in seconds, what a conventional rule book takes minutes, hours, or even days to address.

So, I began my quest to develop a book that would translate some of the most frequently called and questioned rules into basic easy to understand language. My desire to empower everyone with the knowledge and wisdom of a correct rule interpretation is now in black and white.

James C. Bettencourt

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