Making Baseball Better

Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way


Coaching young players, developing their skills, and cultivating a love for the sport may be the most rewarding experience baseball can offer. Cal and Bill Ripken understand this like few others.

From their father, Cal Sr., a legend in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 37 years, they learned to play the game the right way. Those lessons, paired with their combined 33 years of big league experience, helped develop the Ripken Way, a method of teaching the game through simple instruction, solid explanations, encouragement, and a positive atmosphere. In Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way, Cal and Bill share this approach to coaching and development.

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Making Baseball Better  Peninsula Sports Inc.     Our mission since we started in 1996 is to insure that our officials are prepared for each contest, to assign appropriately skilled officials in each sport and level, to handle payments to the officials for games worked, and to respond professionally to any issues that may arise during athletic contests.   Baseball Rules in Black and White has an awesome blog site.  Lots of rules info in fun reader friendly format and there is nothing to not like about that. 
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"There are really two great things about being an umpire: great seats to every game, and camaraderie among peers.  Baseball is a great game requiring much skill.  As an umpire you get to be the closest non-participant on the field.  And you certainly have better views of the action than the rest of the fans! In addition, like in law enforcement, you develop a sense of camaraderie with other umpires as you are a separate “team” on the field.  Umpiring has kept me active and involved with the community at large, and I get to keep enjoying the game with friends.”
— Bob Froese, Retired SJPD, 2010, Started Umpiring In 1991  

NCAA Div I CWS Umpire Billy Haze

My endorsement of Baseball Rules in Black and White is an easy one for me! When author Jim Bettencourt came to me with his vision of creating a user friendly version of specific baseball rules, I saw potential.

It soon became clear that Baseball Rules in Black and White is more than a simplified version of baseball rules, and I was intrigued.

When I recognized that Baseball Rules in Black and White was designed to speed up finding a rule and simplify the rule into basic language, I knew Baseball Rules in Black and White would benefit everyone in baseball.

For those who have opened up a rule book and attempted to understand what they are reading, many can associate the same feelings they get when reading their phone bill.

This publication is powerful, and it has capabilities to benefit a broad audience having difficulty understanding complicated baseball rules.

This book is for umpires at every level of baseball, but far beyond umpires this book should be in the hands of every coach, player, administrator, broadcaster and parent.

This book translates difficult rules that are frequently called by umpires, rules that those in baseball and many fans misinterpret. It is written in simplistic but yet comprehensive language that will empower anyone who reads it.

I would like to share a quote from my mentor, the late great Harry Wendelstedt. He said, “Son, if you can articulate yourself in an argument on a ruling with a solid rule book terminology, you will never lose a protest in your entire career!”

I believe in Harry’s message, just like I believe the message in Baseball Rules in Black and White. You must understand what the rule is saying before you can properly call and explain that rule.

This is why I believe everyone in baseball will benefit from Baseball Rules in Black White and why it has my complete endorsement.

Billy Haze


My name is Billy Haze and I am currently a Division One college baseball umpire, having just completed my 25th year in umpiring baseball at the age of 46. I began my umpiring career umpiring freshman games in 1991 in Fresno, Ca. I decided to go to Florida in the winter of 1994 where I attended and graduated from The Harry Wendelstedt School for Professional Baseball Umpires. I spent the next nine years working my way through the various levels of professional

baseball, reaching the Triple A Pacific Coast League in 2000. After my release from professional baseball in 2001, I transitioned my umpiring career into the college baseball ranks in 2005. I currently umpire for all five of the west coast conferences: The Pac- 12 Conference; Big-West Conference; West-Coast Conference; Mountain-West Conference and the 84 Western Athletic Conference. I have been fortunate to work three West-Coast Conference and two Western

Athletic Conference tournaments. I have also been selected to work eight NCAA Regionals, 4 NCAA Super Regionals and my biggest honor, the 2016 Men’s NCAA College World Series. I am also very active in training, evaluating and coordinating umpires. Currently I am the co-conference coordinator of umpires for the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and the Pacific West (Pac-West). I am also the coordinator of umpires for two NAIA conferences in the Golden State Athletic Conference and the California Pacific Conference. And finally,

President and CEO of Black and Blue Umpire Camps LLC since 2010. We run 2 & 3-Man baseball umpire training camps on the West Coast. We train, evaluate and help place top collegiate umpires in all levels of college baseball. Currently, I reside in Sacramento, CA, and work as a Territory Manager for a company called US Foods. I am lucky enough to have a beautiful wife Denise and a handsome seven year old son named Logan, both support my love, passion and tireless efforts in the umpiring community 100%!

Billy Haze