Rules to Give You an Edge

Rules to know and teach your players to give you an edge

Over the years, as a Baseball Coach and Umpire, I have witnessed many occurrences of a team being penalized or not taking advantage of an opportunity due to a basic misunderstanding of the rules.

Below are some key rules that as a Baseball Coach you can teach your players to gain an immediate edge before spending time on improving your hitting, pitching or fielding.   None of these are difficult to understand.  In a lot of cases as long as your players are taught this once, they will remember them for the rest of their playing careers.  This is a small effort to give your team a competitive edge, and can prevent a potentially embarassing moment.  Look at the first comment on the obstruction page to see details of how a former MVP and 6 time all-star cost his team a playoff series by not understanding one of these rules.  If one of his coaches along the way… anywhere from Little League to the MLB had spent 5 minutes teaching this, his team would have made it to the ALCS for the first time in more than a decade.   If knowing this could have helped him, it can surely help your players.

Click on the links below to read the  rules Baseball Coaches needs to learn and teach their players to exploit, to give you a competitive edge that could be the difference between winning and losing a game:

(Note: on these pages, any rule references are in a light grey font, my commentary is in white)