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Baseball Fan’s Guide
If you are interested in the official rules
of baseball, focus on this following information.
Baseball is an interesting sport in terms of rules.
More so than most sports, the rules of baseball
stem from one major source: the Official Rules
of Baseball (OBR). OBR regulations have been adapted
at the youth level all the way to professional
baseball. One exception is that high school rules,
governed by NFHS, have their own book with additioal
rules to promote safety.
||Official Baseball Rules (OBR) is the predominate
rulebook for baseball and is used from the
youth to the professional level (with the
exception of high school).
||College basketball is governed by the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Its
rule book is available online for free.
||The National Federation of State High School
Assocations (NFHS) is the national governing
body of high school sports. Its rule books
are not offered online, but can be purchased
from the website for $6.75. Federation rules
are published by the NFHS and, in general,
are similar to the OBR rules, except that
it has additional rules to promote safety.
Some youth leagues follow FED rules.
||Links to youth rules (Little League, Dixie,
Babe Ruth, etc.) will be coming shortly.
You may also be interested in the following
books from Amazon.com:
Baseball: Pitch by Pitch for the Advanced Fan
Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to
the Complete Rules of Baseball
Scorekeeping: A Practical Guide to the Rules
Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated
Rules of Baseball: An Anecdotal Look at the Rules
of Baseball and How They Came to Be
for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding
the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro
Fan's Guide to Baseball
We also have rules links to the following sports:
Track and Field
Water Polo Rules