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Feature Story : for May  15, 2011,

"Baseball Rules"
Have you ever watched a professional game, a college game and a high school game and seen rules called differently.  It may not be the umpire's mistake. While 90% of baseball rules are the same there are different rule books and interpretations for High School, NCAA and professional baseball.  The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS)  publishes rules for high school sports, NCAA does college and MLB does professional.  There is an excellent web site that explains the high school rules and where and how the differ from college and professional. the site is http://www.eteamz.com/baseball/rules/fed/.  High School Rules, Interpretations

The New BBCOR Bat Standard

The National High School Federation will use the Ball Exit Speed Ratio (or BESR) test for the 2011 season, and will adopt the BBCOR test thereafter.

Bat performance is measured in a controlled laboratory environment using an air cannon as described in the glossary. To measure the performance of NCAA baseball bats, the Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution (or BBCOR) test protocol is followed. The National High School Federation will use the Ball Exit Speed Ratio (or BESR) test for the 2011 season, and will adopt the BBCOR test thereafter.

The performance of some composite bats can change with use. To help ensure composite bats do not exceed the performance limit, the NCAA developed an Accelerated Break-In test protocol (or ABI). All composite bats must pass the ABI test protocol to be NCAA certified.

The links below lists the baseball bat models that are currently certified by the NCAA and NFHS.

NCAA BBCOR Certified Baseball Bats

NFHS BESR Certified Baseball Bats

NFHS BESR Unapproved Baseball Bats

BBCOR Bat Standard Article

   Certified Bats List

Also, there are numerous rules that the average baseball fan doesn't understand, i.e. some people think the hands are part of the bat.   Here is a web site addresses 40 Baseball Rules Myths.

Other Baseball Rules Web sites
Baseball Rules Page - Overview of the rules from little league to professional.
NFHS National Federation of High School Associations - High school rule changes and point of emphasis.
Major League Baseball Rules -  MLB Rules Web Site.
Interactive Rules Quiz - Test your knowledge.
MLB and HS Rule differences
Little League Baseball Rules
50 LL Rules Questions

Umpire Evaluation

 

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