Baseball Rules in Black and WhiteTM © App


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

North East Bay Officials Association

North East Bay "NEB" Umpires Association proudly sponsors:

Baseball Rules in Black and White "free" App, for Youth, NFHS (High School), NCAA and Official Baseball Rule Sets.

Download free at Google or Apple

Bradley Hungerford, California Umpire Assoc. Instructional Chair
We are honored to have the  California Baseball Umpires Association  Executive Instructional Chairman Mr. Bradley Hungerford's official endorsement for our NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White .  

"It is my opinion Baseball Rules in Black and White’s 2019 High School Edition reader friendly content and format should be read and studied by every high school umpire and coach across the country."

Mr. Bradley Hungerford. 
CBUA Executive Instructional Chairman
Triple Play Umpires, Doug McClure

I have read this and it is Amazing...

Take a look at what Jim Bettencourt has put together. You know that we at Triple Play Umpires want you to know how to give an answer, By Rule to a coach.

The 2019 NCAA Baseball Rules in Black and White edition will help you to understand NCAA rules, along with the rule references so that your knowledge will be spot on. We at Triple Play Umpires and many others fully recommend that you give this your attention.

Doug McClure, Triple Play Umpires


                                                                            2017, 2019 College World Series Umpire Billy Haze 
Baseball Rules in Black and White App
Baseball Rules in Black and White signage was just installed on the Sacramento Men's Senior Baseball League new Army Depot fields in Sacramento, Ca. Baseball Rules in Black and White is very proud to be a sponsor of the SMSBL 90 team association. 
I'm going to put this out there again. I use this app on a daily basis to keep rules fresh on my brain. I highly recommend it for every Umpire, Coach, Parent and Player. The app is free and Mr. Bettencourt truly understands the needs of umpires and coaches, and has created the best quick reference rule App on the market.

Baseball Rules in Black and White is the lead innovator in Baseball Rules Education, We create and provide state of the art rule education resources that are not available anywhere else. We are changing how baseball understands the rules of the game.

National High School Baseball Coaches Assoc.

In the continuing effort to help our members of the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, we recommend the 2019 edition of NFHS Baseball Rules in Black and White as a beneficial and effective resource for all High School baseball coaches"

App 5-Star Reviews

Baseball Rules in Black and White “free” App has 4.86 stars out of 5 average on the Google and Apple app stores. This is the highest rated baseball rules app on the app store markets. Why is this? Probably best to let our Baseball Rules in Black and White “free” App users tell you why.

This app is perfect! 5-stars

by DFryeAsu20 – May 15, 2020

This is a great app to overview before games and in situations where your rule book is not with you. It provides video and examples as well as the rules itself. If you are an umpire or even just trying to learn more about the game of baseball, this is the perfect app for you! Other than the actual rule book itself, this is my number one source for rules. The best free app for sports officials on the App Store!!

6 Stars! 

by tnorton93 – May 15, 2020

If I could give this app 6 stars, they would get 7! Absolutely love how easy this app is to use, and how easy it makes the rules sound! Have a rule you’re unsure about because of the wording? Look it up in BRIBAW and read it in common English! Rule books sometimes are written in a way that make them hard to understand, but BRIBAW makes it easy to understand! 10 out of 10 will recommend!

Great App, 5-stars

by Bglenn22 – May 14, 2020

Super easy to use and it is very interesting!

Helpful app 5-stars

by Glassman09 – May 14, 2020

This app is great for any official, new or veteran. Written in a way that is easy to understand and the videos are great!! I would recommend thus app to any official.

Love it, 5-stars

by bwillis24 – May 14, 2020

Love the app and its ease of finding rules. Used it while studying for the yearly exam and found the rules in no time.

I love this app! 5-star

by 21LLB – Mar 14, 2020

It’s fun to use at my son’s games and now that he is playing college ball, I’m learning new rules. I highly recommend this app!

NCAA D-1 Pitching Coach, 5-stars 

by steveleo – Mar 9, 2020

Good information and easy to use 


Highly recommend! 5-stars

by LMM818 – Mar 5, 2020

This is an awesome app for so many reasons! It’s user friendly and written in common language that’s easy to follow for players, coaches, and athletes of all levels! The best part is the videos that are available for clarity! I come from a family of athletes and sports fans- I’ve already shared with everyone! Can’t wait to see this expand to even more sports! Lauren McDonald USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Best rules app ever, 5-stars

by 3n2blue – Feb 12, 2020

I have put my rule and case play books aside and only use this app. Easy to read and understand. Great job putting this together.

Fantastic app! 5-stars

by jgreg! – Feb 12, 2020

BB rules in BW became available at the perfect time. High school baseball (NFHS) is starting and the app gave me a great review both written and videos. I demonstrated the app to my local chapter and several immediately downloaded. After a game it is a simple place to make sure I got “that play” right (and learn if I didn’t)

Thank you! 5-stars

by Dan91369 – Jan 31, 2020

Thank you for creating this great app that like your Black & White rule book is an absolute asset for understanding and interpreting baseball rules for NFHS & NCAA-

marco einwaller May 15, 2020 5-stars

Just found this app, great explanations on the rules and easy to find specific topics. Great way to prepare for the hopefully upcoming season 


Jake Peterson May 14, 2020 5 stars

Hands down the best user-friendly rules index currently in existence. Zero technical issues. Extremely easy navigation due to rules being categorized by topic. Rules are written in plain English, making comprehension much easier by eliminating the legal-babble. Highly recommend to any baseball umpire out there! (Yeah and you too coaches and parents)

Marc Schneider May 14, 2020 5 stars

Best rules tool written in easy to understand language

Jake Block May 14, 2020 5 stars

This app is very convenient and makes it easy to find rules in several codes.

Robert Keane Feb 4, 2020 5-stars

What a great app. I love it. An excellent resource when you are sitting at home or in the stands talking about the rule of baseball. Being able to pull up this resource and review the rules for NCAA and MLB makes for great conversation when talking about plays that may have happened in games, or on TV. Kudos to the dev team for designing/building an easy reading app. Looking forward to version 2.0.

William Hart Feb 6, 2020 5-stars

I used this book for my NAIA & NFHS test. Tell you what. When you catch your self-fumbling through the rule book. Trying to locate the rule. I just go this book and gets me where I need to be. Easy to use references in alphabetical order. Puts the rules in easy to understand terms. Please always go back to the rule book.

Brad Hewitt Jan 12, 2020 5-stars

Great tool to use to explain rules to coaches or players during situations. Being able to recite the terms and definitions is one thing, but making them clearly understand is another.

BRIBAW APP 5-stars


by acfredo916 – May 15, 2020

What a great app! Very easy to navigate, easy to find rules in much easier to read language than the normal rule books. Great job Jim B and team.

                                           Baseball Rules in Black and White Endorsements

Famed SF Giants Baseball Radio Host Marty Lurie Interview / Endorsement

Marty Lurie Interview Public House Oracal Park

Marty Lurie & Adam Copeland, getting ready to interview author of Baseball Rules in Black and White, Jim Bettencourt at Giants pregame on 5-11-19 at Willie Mays Plaza, Public House Restaurant.  Marty stating in the interview how he immediately found our books so effective at explaining the rules of the game that"after reading about batting out of order in Baseball Rules in Black and White, he now thoroughly understands the rule!"  

Marty Lurie Famed Baseball Radio Broadcaster
Dal Watson tri-sport official

Dal Watson, tri-sport official, JUCO umpire

Just finished reading your newest 2018 College Edition of Baseball Rules in Black and White. I really enjoyed your book’s unique format, it is very well done! It is a great supplement to the NCAA rule Book and I will be recommending it to many other college/JUCO officials!

Bio: Dal is from Odessa/Midland Texas is a twenty year tri-sport official, six years working baseball with four of those years working at the Junior College level.


Colin Brown, NCOA, NAIA umpire

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.

2016 College World Series NCAA umpire Billy Haze says: " This publication is powerful, and it has capabilities to benefit a broad audience having difficulty understanding complicated baseball rules."

National Director at National Umpires Association Jim Stros says: The creative process James Bettencourt has taken putting this book together is one of a kind. Highly recommended for all umpires at every level including all fans, and coaches. A fantastic read. 

Mr. Brian Luth, U.S. Army Recruiting Command and NCOA Umpire shared the following: “Just wanted to thank you for your book last week at the Vacaville class! I’ve been able to grasp a lot of things a lot easier since reading it!”

“I would endorse your book to anyone who umpires or coaches! I’m passionate about the game of baseball and anything that makes our game better it’s a +++.”

High School Umpires: A must read! 
Amazon 5.0 out of 5 stars By Gil on January 16, 2017

This book should be on every high school umpire's book shelf. It is clear and easy to read.It clarifies the most complex rules and gives the umpire (reader) a better understanding of the intent of the rules. I'm sure Mr. Bettencourt will continue updating the content and keep the book up to date as the rules for high school change. I'll be sharing this book with our newer umpires at the Federation of Umpires (over 100 members) in the Bay Area!

Kenneth J Paul Sr. says: After decades of officiating in several baseball leagues and divisions throughout Northern California, I was recently invited to join the Northern California Officials Association. Being my rookie year with a new association I diligently studied the NFHS rule book. After countless hours of study, I was introduced to Baseball Rules in Black & White. The simplicity of its contents has boosted my confidence on, as well as off the field. 

“The B&W is a must have tool for any level of officials, coaches, and yes, even the fans”    

Bob Estep, D II umpire, rules instructor
As baseball becomes more scrutinized in all facets of the game, greater rule knowledge, and the ability to understand, apply and execute rulings correctly is greater than ever before. The author’s objective with Baseball Rules in Black and White is to meet that outcry from the baseball community to have a resource in which the rulings of baseball can be easily found, explained in reader friendly language with related rulings consolidated under one heading. The author has spent countless hours of research collecting and converting complex rulings into organized, practical and easy to read information that will give the reader a clear understanding of the official rule book language and applications. Baseball Rules in Black and White’s unique format converts rule book language into logical Basic English. It also provides the official rule and page number with each converted ruling. This allows the reader a much easier way to locate and confirm converted rulings and by doing so takes the reader to the official NCAA rules. Baseball Rules in Black and White 2018 College Edition is not a replacement of the NCAA rule book. To the contrary, Baseball Rules in Black and White is an enhanced reference book that helps strengthen the official rule book’s information, thereby giving the reader an even greater understanding and application of the rules. Utilizing Baseball Rules in Black and White in conjunction with the NCAA rule book accomplishes the above objectives. It gives the reader an increased understanding of a ruling, thereby expanding the reader’s knowledge of the correct interpretation and their confidence to apply those rules. Baseball Rules in Black and White is a must have reference book for all members within the baseball community. Mr. Robert Estep, NCAA Division II Umpire