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All Umpires Need to read this book
By Dr. William Costello "Dr. Bill" on June 16, 2015
I have been umpiring Youth baseball for many decades and this is a revelation. The rules are archaic and enigmatic and difficult to decipher. Finally, someone took the time to clearly elucidate the rule of the game.
Organized like people think.
By Allen A. on February 7, 2015
I have played a lot of baseball over the years. This is the most easy to understand rule book I have ever had. Fantastic!
By Digger110 on November 10, 2013
Book was as described, in very good condition. Author was very helpful in explaining rules of baseball without all of the mumbo-jumbo language. Tests at back of book were helpful for retention of reading.
Best Book for Beginning Umpires and Fans of the Game
By Navasota Halon February 11, 2013
My son and I bought this on the recommendation of an umpire who was training us in a Little League umpire school. This is one of the best books for learning the rules- and learning how to apply them in order. The examples are clear. The orginization makes sense to me and my teenage son at the same time. Not only did it help with our first year of umpire service, we now have a better time as spectators at pro and college games now after having read this book.
A Great Book
By Matthew Temkinon February 11, 2011
If you only have one book on umpiring this is the one to own. Just about every situation we will face is in here.
By Jeff Buxton on October 19, 2009
If you buy only one supplemental baseball rules book, this would be an excellent choice. Clear, concise, and has many examples of things you would really see. Jim Booth really knows his stuff, and it shows.
By K. Johnson on May 18, 2007
The ONLY negative I can see with this book is that it doesn't come in pocket size for you to use at games. Buy it and you'll agree!
The Best Baseball Rule Book You Can Buy!
By Bruce on March 6, 2007
This is a wonderful book. I use it to umpire little league, and it covers everything you need to know in good detail. Everyone who coaches or umpires should have this book and read it every year that they're involved with baseball.
By Randy Given on May 21, 2003
I have the Official Baseball Rules (OBR) book and also use some online resources when trying to determine if my umpiring calls were correct (and what they should be in the future!). However, none of the other resources lay things out as clearly as this book does. The reader is taken through a logical sequence of coverage that a typical umpire will encounter. It also is useful for coaches, players and spectators, but I find it most useful for umpiring and making calls on rules. Each section lists the appropriate section of the OBR, so it is good to have OBR at your side as well. The reading is easy, well laid out and printed nicely. This book was certainly worth the price.
Summary of contents
This book is a manual that can be used in training clinics or for experienced umpires who want further explanations of the rules.
This book explains the "real world" application and intent of the rules.
10 Quizzes totaling 223 questions are included.
Here is some text from the book and its Table of Contents:
The purpose of this book is to present
the rules of baseball in a plain and simple, real life manner. It is
intended to take the reader through each type of action that occurs
during a game and simply state what the ruling is. It is also intended
to present the "unwritten" rules, or in other words, the way
the call is made in the real world versus the letter of the rule. These
"unwritten" rules are actually written in umpire manuals and
casebooks, but are not written in the actual rulebook. It is assumed
that the reader has played the game and at least knows the basics of the
game. This book is not for someone who knows absolutely nothing about
the game of baseball. This book is a training manual that should be used
in conjunction with the Official
Rules of Baseball. It does not contain every rule that is in the
Rules were made for a purpose and one
needs to understand the purpose of a rule and make judgments according
to that purpose and not necessarily according to the letter or exact
wording of a rule. An umpire's job is to make sure that one team does
not get an unfair advantage over the other within the scope and intent
of the rules of the game. A good umpire does not enforce every rule to
the letter of the rule. There are many interpretations and judgments
that are not even in the rulebook that have simply become accepted
rulings or practices through time. These types of things will be
presented in this book.
The Official Rules of Baseball does not contain explanations for every situation. A manual is given to professional umpires that give them guidelines and interpretations of many rules. These interpretations are not stated in the rulebook, but are stated in the N.A.P.B.L. Umpire Manual published by The Professional Baseball Umpire Corps (PBUC) of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (N.A.P.B.L.). Many of these interpretations are included in this book.
Table of Contents
Starting the game/In charge of the game Rule 4.00
When is the player a batter?
Stepping in/out of the box.
Illegal or altered bat is used
Hitting/Hit by Pitch