Rules Training For One
Whatever your goal in recreation baseball, this is where it starts. We have talked about how we come to recreation baseball with our own unique exposure to baseball, possibly even various brands of organized ball. When we take our children to their games, we need to have everyone playing by the same rule book.
There is no doubt we know most of the rules, maybe 95% or better. It’s that last few % — those little, simple, out-of-the-ordinary things — that cause all the problems. Different brands of ball handle some things differently. Zeroing in on the Recreational Rules isn’t hard but is nearly impossible to do by yourself. You are not sure where the differences lie and just reading the rule book usually produces more questions than answers. My experience (with it’s many bruises along the way) has given me a unique perspective of the rules.
A friend recently asked me, how I got to know all this stuff? I had to stop and think but soon realized, my most helpful learning tool was my mistakes. From the beginning, whenever I had a questionable play, I researched it so there would be no question the next time I saw it. I made a lot of mistakes; so I learned a lot.
Most importantly, I have identified key rules that I call “the rules you absolutely have to know before you take the field.” These are the ones you are expected to know, without fail but yet they are often misunderstood and misapplied. Knowing them will prepare you for the plays you are most likely to encounter during a recreational youth baseball game.
2-Evening Quantum Leap Into The Rules Of Baseball
If you are interested in a live workshop, click to following link to send a message to RemindMe@CMUmpires.org. I will send a reminder when a workshop gets scheduled. Rules workshops carry over 2 evenings, usually a Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday pairing, from 6 to 9 PM. The 6 hours of rules coverage comes with the 84-page course workbook, with room for your class notes. Attendees may also register to sit for the certification exam.
In 2008, I introduced the first Rules Workshop 2-DVD Set and held the World Premiere. I wanted to experience the DVD’s for myself, in a group setting. There was no red carpet, search lights or limos but it opened to rave reviews. I conducted an entire Rules Workshop using the DVD’s. The DVD instructions led the entire group session. The DVD’s were a smash. Each attendee even ordered a personal copy.
The good news is, the 2-DVD set now allows you to experience the Rules Workshop from anywhere in the world — you no longer have to live in or near the Baltimore metropolitan area. It can become your personal baseball rules tutor and reference tool. The DVD sections can be accessed one after the other, in the same sequence presented in the live workshop, or directly by topic (using the DVD Header Index or by the DVD/Workbook Cross Reference). This allows you to research your own questionable plays after a game. The workbook you used to record your workshop notes also allows you to add your game experiences — it is your life long reference source. The 2-DVD Set with 84-page workbook, is available for only $39.95 (+ $3.55 shipping)
But Wait; There’s More (I couldn’t resist the urge)
Most attendees decide to take the certification exam. As I mentioned earlier, this is not a requirement but a personal measure of your degree of readiness. Attendees can register for the on-line examination using the unique Product Code listed in the back of their workbook. The cost of the examination is $19.95.
For a limited time, you can order below to take advantage of an introductory on-line offer. You will receive the 2-DVD set, with workbook and be pre-paid for the certification examination for a total of $49.95.
If you want to understand the basics of baseball, I promise this workshop will help you. If not, return it for a refund. (The small print: refunds granted only for return of all DVD’s and unused workbook within 30 days of order – including unused workbook Product Code for certification exam. Sender pays return postage.)