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NOTE: Rule numbers in blue or black (like this: 3.06, or this: 7.02(a)) follow the new OBR rule and numbering scheme introduced in the 2015 Official Baseball Rules. The rule numbers in red type (like this: [3.04]) are corresponding rule numbers from the Official Rules prior to 2015. All of the content has been updated to the 2016 rule book.

Rule 1.00 - Objectives of the Game [Rule 1.0]

1.01 [1.01]  Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, under direction of a manager, played on an enclosed field in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of one or more umpires.

1.02 [5.04]  The offensive team's objective is to have its batter become a runner, and its runners advance.

1.03 [5.05]  The defensive team’s objective is to prevent offensive players from becoming runners, and to prevent their advance around the bases.

1.04 [5.06]  When a batter becomes a runner and touches all bases legally he shall score one run for his team.

1.05 [1.02]  The objective of each team is to win by scoring more runs than the opponent.

1.06 [1.03]  The winner of the game shall be that team which shall have scored, in accordance with these rules, the greater number of runs at the conclusion of a regulation game.



1.0 - Objectives of the Game

2.0 - The Playing Field

3.0 - Equipment & Uniforms

4.0 - Game Preliminaries

5.0 - Playing the Game

6.0 - Improper Play, Illegal Action

7.0 - Ending the Game

8.0 - The Umpire

Definitions of Terms

Appendix 1-5

OBR Table of Contents

INDEX to the Rules of Baseball