Welcome to the UmpireBible

The UmpireBible is the premier website for new and developing umpires of amateur baseball, but also for players, coaches, and fans who want to learn the rules of baseball.

Our mission: provide a dynamic platform for learning the rules of baseball, and to provide an introduction to the basics of umpire mechanics. And a bit more, too.

The site features seven main sections. In each one, you'll find informative articles, plus rules references at every step of the way:


We also have special site collections of umpire resources:

  • Official Baseball Rules (OBR). We have the entire rule book online. Additionally, we have embedded links to all of the rules references embedded in all of our articles.
  • High School Rules (NFHS/FED). We have the entire 2019 NFHS rule book online.
  • OBR-FED Rules Differences. A comprehensive listing of the rules differences between the Official (OBR) rule set and the NFHS/FED high school rule set.
  • Index to the Official Rules. A comprehensive index listing baseball rules topics with links to the appropriate OBR rules. One of the best rules reference tools you'll ever find.
  • The UmpireBible Blog. Brief essays and discussions about various aspect of baseball, umpiring, and assorted related topics. We like to say, "it's where we make the sausage."


And a lot more. So welcome to the UmpireBible.