Baseball Rules in Black and White™ 

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

2018 High School Edition Coming Dec.17 - Jan. 18
Welcome to the 2018 High School Edition of Baseball Rules in Black and White. Our priority is to provide an educational resource that is accurate, user friendly and provides the reader superior baseball rule knowledge and retention for high school baseball. The 2018 High School Edition has been written so that every umpire, coach, player and fan can gain an improved understanding of the rules of high school baseball.

The 2018 High School Edition covers the frequently called and complicated rules of high school baseball. Chapters are listed in alphabetical order in the table of contents in the front of the book, allowing the reader to quickly target a ruling. 
Each chapter consists of related rulings, sub-rulings and examples that are formatted logically, in order of sequence and importance. Most importantly the old convoluted rule book language in small print has been converted into accurate, easy to read and retain sentences, all in large font.

Specifically for umpires, this series of books can strengthen a solid base of accurate baseball rule knowledge, helping to improve recall and recognition and beneficially reduce hesitation. Best of all it improves your ability to articulate what the ruling actually says, when needed.

As umpires we are always striving to get better. I believe the same should be applied to baseball rule books, this is why we strive to improve the format and content in every Baseball Rules in Black and White book.

James C. Bettencourt, NCOA, RCOA, PSI, SCVF and Author


                       Umpires Learning and Improving

For nearly two decades I have umpired.  I have sat in classrooms and stood on fields at camps with hundreds of umpires. I have conversed on social media and discussed baseball rules with countless umpires. I have published books about baseball rules for umpires. You could say that I know a few things about umpires and officiating, but I am always continuing to learn.

Most umpires working upper level ball got there by hard work but more importantly by being open minded to listening and learning. Umpires willing to consider a perspective that may be different from their own become better umpires and move up. Being closed minded and limiting your resources stops the ability to learn and improve.

On the field an umpire's judgement and opinion are final. Umpires are not this way to be pious or hardheaded, but rather because it is the only way to correctly manage a game of baseball. While this is the best way to manage a game, it can be a barrier when it comes to umpires learning and improving.

For the majority of all other umpires with an open mind and a desire to consider other perspectives, your best days of umpiring are ahead of you. The rest of you might consider giving your final judgments and opinions a day off. Who knows you might just learn to manage better without them.