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In the Professional Edition, the only rule references are those for the Official Baseball Rules (marked below in green print). All professional baseball games - National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (the “minor leagues”) and Major League Baseball - are played under the Official Baseball Rules only.
The Rule Differences Edition is simply the Professional edition with college and high school rule differences incorporated. In the RDE, you will find all references to the Official Baseball Rules, plus references to the differences to be found between the pro rules and the college (NCAA, NAIA) and high school (NFHS) rules. These references are indicated below in blue print. The RDE contains an appendix in which the rule differences are presented in their entirety (in the e-book, just click on the rule reference to jump directly to the appropriate place in the appendix).
“It is a balk if a pitcher does not have the ball but assists in a try to deceive a runner by
This is known as the ‘hidden ball trick.’ It is not necessarily a balk if a pitcher in this situation is on the dirt of the mound. [NFHS 6-2-5] [NCAA 9-3f]”
The NFHS and NCAA rule references indicate that it may be a balk if a pitcher is on the dirt of the mound during the hidden ball trick in a high school or NCAA game. Here are the NFHS and NCAA rule differences that you would find in the appendix:
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