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Baseball Rules

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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.

Organization Level Description  
MLB Pro 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). Online
NCAA College College basketball is governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Its rule book is available online for free. Online
NFHS High School 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. Purchase
  Youth Links to youth rules (Little League, Dixie, Babe Ruth, etc.) will be coming shortly.  

You may also be interested in the following books from
Baseball for Dummies
Pure Baseball: Pitch by Pitch for the Advanced Fan
Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball
Baseball Scorekeeping: A Practical Guide to the Rules
The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated
The Rules of Baseball: An Anecdotal Look at the Rules of Baseball and How They Came to Be
Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro
SportSpectator Fan's Guide to Baseball

We also have rules links to the following sports:
Baseball Rules
Basketball Rules
Field Hockey Rules
Football Rules
Golf Rules
Men's Lacrosse Rules
Women's Lacrosse Rules
Soccer Rules
Softball Rules
Swimming and Diving Rules
Tennis Rules
Track and Field Rules
Volleyball Rules
Water Polo Rules
Wrestling Rules