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eteamz Baseball Rule Reference Material

Baseball Rules Original eteamz Links:
General Rules
Batter Rules
Runner Rules
Pitcher Rules
Youth League Rules

GENERAL RULES

General Rules References:
General Award of Bases Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's reference regarding the proper award of bases after a ball enters dead territory
General The Appeal Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's reference explaning appeals

General Rules:
General All-Star Rule - Jim Booth
What are the differences between regular season rules and the tournament rules?
General Appeals Rule - Jim Booth
What is an appeal and what is the proper procedure for making an appeal?
General Bat Size Rule - Jim Booth
What are the official dimensions and size of the bat?
General Field Dimensions Rule - Jim Booth
What are the official dimensions and size of the playing field?
General First Baseman's Foot in Foul Ground Rule - Jim Booth
Must the first baseman always have his feet in fair territory?
General Missed Tag or Base Rule - Jim Booth
When do you signal if a fielder misses a tag or a runner misses the base?
General Protests Rule - Jim Booth
How to you protest and what is protestable?
General Time Limits Rule - Jim Booth
When does the game officially end?
General Umpire Interference Rule - Jim Booth
When can an umpire be called for interference?

General Rules Myths:
General 2 Second Catch Rule Myth - Jim Booth
If a fielder holds a fly ball for 2 seconds it's a catch.
General Appeal Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The ball must always be returned to the pitcher before an appeal can be made.
General Dead Ball When Umpire is Hit Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The ball is dead anytime an umpire is hit by the ball.
General Fair Feet, Fair Ball Rule Myth - Jim Booth
If a player's feet are in fair territory when the ball is touched, it is a fair ball.
General Fielder Over the Fence Homerun Rule Myth - Jim Booth
If a fielder catches a fly ball and then falls over the fence it is a homerun.
General Foot Tag Rule Myth - Jim Booth
You must tag the base with your foot on a force out or appeal.
General Home Plate Umpire Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The home plate umpire can overrule the other umps at anytime.

BATTER RULES


Batter Rule References:
Batter Batter Interference Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's reference covering when the batter may be called for interference

Batter Rules:
Batter Batting out of Order Rule - Carl Childress
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Batter Check Swing Rule - Jim Booth
What defines a Check Swing? - Rule 2.00 Strike
Batter Fair or Foul Ball Rule - Jim Booth
How do you determine a fair ball from a foul ball? - Rule 2.00
Batter Over-Running First Base Rule - Jim Booth
What happens when a batter-runner overruns first base on a walk or hit?
Batter Pitch Hits the Bat with No Swing Rule - Jim Booth
What happens if a batter hits a pitch without swinging?
Batter Switch Hitter Changing Boxes Rule - Jim Booth
When is a batter allowed to switch boxes?
Batter Throwing the Bat Rule - Jim Booth
What happens if a batter throws the bat during or after a swing?

Batter Rule Myths:
Batter Batter Box Interference Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter cannot be called out for interference if he is in the batter's box.
Batter Breaking Wrists Rule Myth - Jim Booth
If the batter breaks his wrists when swinging, it's a strike.
Batter Bunting Strike Rule Myth - Jim Booth
If the batter does not pull the bat out of the strike zone while bunting, it's an automatic strike.
Batter Dropped Third Strike Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter is out if he starts for the dugout before going to first after a dropped third strike.
Batter Foot Touches Plate Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter is out if his foot touches the plate.
Batter Foul-Tip Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The ball is dead on a foul-tip.
Batter Hands Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The hands are considered part of the bat.
Batter Hit Plate Rule Myth - Jim Booth
If a batted ball hits the plate first it's a foul ball.
Batter Out of Order Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter who batted out of order is the person declared out.
Batter Overrun First Base Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter may not overrun first base when he gets a base-on-balls.
Batter Running Lane Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter-runner is always out if he runs outside the running lane after a bunted ball.
Batter Second Bat Hit Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter is out if a bunted ball hits the ground and bounces back up and hits the bat.
Batter Switch Box Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter may not switch batter's boxes after two strikes.

RUNNER RULES


Runner Rules References:
Runner Collisions vs Interference Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's reference explaining the difference between collisions and interference
Runner Interference Calls Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's reference explaining interference and when to make an interference call
Runner Obstruction Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's reference explaining obstruction and when to make an obstruction call

Runner Rules:
Runner Force Play Rule - Jim Booth
What is a force play and how does the third out affect scoring?
Runner Infield Fly Rule - Jim Booth
Can runners advance on an infield fly?
Runner Interference Rule - Jim Booth
What is considered interferece?
Runner Legal Base Tag Rule - Jim Booth
What is considered a legal tag of the base by a fielder?
Runner Runner Hit by Batted Ball Rule - Jim Booth
Is a runner out if he is hit by a batted ball?
Runner Sliding Rule - Jim Booth
When must a runner slide to take a base?
Runner Touching the Runner Rule - Jim Booth
Can teammates or coaches touch a base runner after a home run?

Runner Rule Myths:
Runner Coach Touch Rule Myth - Jim Booth
Anytime a coach touches a runner, the runner is out.
Runner Fly Ball Force Out Rule Myth - Jim Booth
It is a force out when a runner is called out for not tagging up on a fly ball.
Runner High Five Rule Myth - Jim Booth
A runner is out if he slaps hands or high-fives other players after a homerun is hit over the fence.
Runner Hit by Ball on Base Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The runner is always safe when hit by a batted ball while touching a base.
Runner Missed Base Appeal Rule Myth - Jim Booth
An appeal on a runner who missed a base cannot be a force out.
Runner Must Slide Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The runner must always slide when the play is close.
Runner No Advance on Infield Fly Rule Myth - Jim Booth
Runners may not advance when an infield fly is called.
Runner No Run on Third Out Rule Myth - Jim Booth
No run can score when a runner is called out for the third out for not tagging up.
Runner No Steal on Foul-Tip Rule Myth - Jim Booth
A runner may not steal on a foul-tip.
Runner Out of the Baseline Rule Myth - Jim Booth
A runner is out if he runs out of the baseline to avoid a fielder who is fielding a batted ball.
Runner Out-of-Play Ball Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The runner gets the base he's going to, plus one on a ball thrown out-of-play.
Runner Reverse Baserunning Rule Myth - Jim Booth
Runners may never run the bases in reverse order.
Runner Right Turn Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter-runner must turn to his right after over-running first base.
Runner The Tie Rule Myth - Jim Booth
Tie goes to the runner.

PITCHER RULES

Pitcher Rule References:
Pitcher The Balk Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's reference covering balks and legal pitching motions

Pitcher Rules:
Pitcher 12 Year Old Innings Pitched Rule - Jim Booth
Do the innings per week of 12 yr old pitching have to total 12 for all pitchers added together?
Pitcher Balks Rule - Jim Booth
What is a balk and what are the rules regarding legal pitching motions? - detailed
Pitcher Picher Taking Signs Rule - Jim Booth
When is a pitcher allowed to take signs from the rubber?
Pitcher Pitch Hits the Ground Rule - Jim Booth
What happens if a pitch hits the ground before crossing the plate?
Pitcher Trips to the Mound Rule - Jim Booth
How do you treat trips to the mound by the manager?
Pitcher Wearing a batting glove Rule - Jim Booth
Are pitchers allowed to wear a batting glove under their glove?

Pitcher Rule Myths:
Pitcher Dead Ball on Balk Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The ball is always immediately dead on a balk.
Pitcher False Windup Rule Myth - Jim Booth
With no runners on base, it is a ball if the pitcher starts his windup and then stops.
Pitcher Must Set to Pick Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The pitcher must come to a stop in the set position before a pick-off throw.
Pitcher Must Step Off Rubber to Pick Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The pitcher must step off the rubber before a pick-off throw.
Pitcher No First Base on Bounced Pitch Rule Myth - Jim Booth
The batter does not get first base if hit by a pitch after it bounces.
Pitcher No Hit on Bounced Pitch Rule Myth - Jim Booth
A pitch that bounces to the plate cannot be hit.

YOUTH LEAGUE RULES

Youth League Policies:
Youth League 12-Year Old Policy - Jim Booth
Why isn't it mandatory for all 12-year-olds to play in the majors?
Youth League All-Star Teams Policy - Jim Booth
Is there a recommended procedure for selecting the league's All-Star team?
Youth League Appointing Managers Policy - Jim Booth
What is the responsibility of the league President when it comes to appointing managers?
Youth League Breaking the Rules Policy - Jim Booth
What is the penalty if a league continues to break the rules?
Youth League Draft Policy - Jim Booth
How does the draft work in Little League?
Youth League League Age Policy - Jim Booth
How is a player's
Youth League Publications Policy - Jim Booth
What publications are available from Headquarters, and how do I get them?
Youth League Structure Policy - Jim Booth
How many teams can a league have? What is the structure of Little League?

Youth League References:
Youth League Leaving Early Before the Pitch Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's Reference covering the situation where runners leave before the pitch reaches the batter
Youth League Leaving Early When a Hit Occurs Reference - Jim Booth
Umpire's Reference covering the situation where a runners leave early before a hit - Rule 7.13

Youth League Rules:
Youth League Illegal Pitch Rule - Jim Booth
What is the new revised ruling that eliminates the balk in Little League Baseball?
Youth League Resumed Games Rule - Jim Booth
What players and pitchers are eligible to play in a resumed Little League game?
Youth League Rule Changes Rule - Jim Booth
What rule changes were made in 2000 for Little League?
Youth League Safety Issues Rule - Jim Booth
What should be done to enforce safety issues outlined by Little League? - Rule 9.01(c)
Youth League Substitution and Re-entry Rule - Jim Booth
When can substitutions be made and when can players re-enter in Little League?

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