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Amendment  Policy

Baseball Rules in Black and White is extremely thankful to have a national network of rule advisers from all across the country who constantly monitor every ruling in our books!


We want to thank Doug McClure at Triple Play Umpires and his amazing staff for informing us of a proofing error in the 2018 College Edition. While over 95% of the initial ruling was correct, that is not acceptable at Baseball Rules in Black and White.


Any time we discover a ruling that needs to be amended we immediately amend the error at the publisher as soon as possible. We also post the amended ruling on our website www.baseballrulesinblackandwhite.com for six months in order that it can be copied and inserted over the pages with the errant ruling.


The amended Batter’s Interference Rulings below should be copied and inserted between pages 62 and 63 in the 2018 College Edition.


Batter’s Interference Rulings

  • Batter’s interference is when the batter intentional or not interferes with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by:

Stepping out of the batter’s box. Rule 7-11-f, Pg.70

Making any other movement that hinders a defensive player’s (catchers) actions at home plate. Rule 7-11-f, pg. 70

It is a delayed dead ball. Rule 6-3, Pg.61


  • Batter’s Interference and the attempt to put out a runner at a base is successful:

It is a delayed dead ball. Rule 6-3, Pg.61

Because the runner was put out, the ball stays live and runners may advance. Rule 6-3-b-Penalty (3) Pg. 61

The batter’s interference is ignored. Rule 6-3-b-Penalty-(3), Pg. 61


  • When the initial attempt to put out a runner is not successful:

It is a delayed dead ball, let the play finish. Rule 6-3, Pg.61

Because the attempt to put out the runner failed, immediately call time. Rule 6-3-b-Penalty (3), Pg. 61

The batter is called out. Rule 6-3-b-Penalty (3), Pg. 61

All runners return to their bases occupied at the time of pitch. Rule 6-3-b-P (3) pg. 61, Rule 7-11-f-Penalty, Pg. 70


  • Batter’s interference when the batter intentional or not interferes with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by stepping out of the batter’s box or making any other movement that hinders a defensive player’s (catchers) actions at home plate. Rule 7-11-f, pg. 70

The batter is out and all runners return to their bases at the time of the pitch. Rule 7-11-f- Penalty, pg. 70


  • When there is batter’s interference with less than two outs and a play on a runner at home plate, that runner is out by either being tagged or called out. Rule 7-11-f- Exception 1), Pg. 70

The runner trying to score is called out for batter’s interference, not the batter. Rule 7-11-f- Exception 2), Pg. 70


  • The batter is not called out for batter’s interference when any runner attempting to advance has been put out. Rule 7-11-f-Exception 2), Pg. 70



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