OBR-FED rule differences
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   OBR / FED Rules Differences


Working across multiple rule sets is always a challenge, but never moreso that managing the differences between American high schools rules (National Federation of State Highe School Associationss), or simply FED, and the Official Baseball Rules (OBR), 

To make it easier to review the rules differences, we've broken the rules down into seven categories, and in each category we cover the rules issues listed here:

 

Go to: Administrative rules

  • Ball lodged in clothing or equipment
  • Defensive conferences (visits)
  • When is a defensive visit concluded
  • Offensive conferences
  • Proper Appeals: Live ball/Dead ball
  • Substitutions: Re-entering starters
  • Substitutions: Illegal substitute
  • Game ended by darkness or weather: Suspended vs. ended game
  • Shortened game: Mercy rule
  • Umpire touches or handles live ball
  • The umpire's juridiction begins when …
  • Guidelines on correcting umpire errors

 

Go to: Batting rules

  • Appeal on checked swing
  • Backswing interference / follow-through interference
  • Designated hitter (DH)
  • When does runner abandon effort to advance on 3rd strike not caught

 

Go to: Coaching rules

  • Base coaches
  • Disciplinary actions against coaches

 

Go to: Fielding rules

  • Obstruction
  • Fake tag without the ball
  • Catch and carry
  • Player positions on the field

 

Go to: Pitching rules

  • Actions allowed from windup position
  • Balks
  • Illegal pitch (no runners on)
  • Pitch count limits and rest requirements
  • Feint to third base / 3-1 move
  • Time limit to deliver pitch

 

Go to: Base running rules

  • Legal/Illegal slide; force-play slide rule
  • Must slide or attempt to avoid
  • Collisions with defender / malicious contact
  • Courtesy runner
  • Diving over defender
  • Running lane interference
  • Walk-off scoring

 

Go to: Equipment rules

  • Legal bats / bat regulations
  • Catcher's mitt
  • First baseman's mitt
  • Fielding gloves