Activity: Rounders

by Jadwiga O'Brien on April 25, 2011

Girls Team Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor

Number of Players: 10 – 30 (officially). Minimum of 5 on each team.

You’ll need:

  • A bat or racket
  • A small ball (a tennis ball is great as it’s soft and light)
  • Some kind of field markers

Time needed: Depends on the amount of players and the score that you want to play up to. Minimum of 20mins.

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Did you know?!

Rounders shares many of the same rules of baseball, and it’s likely that baseball gets it’s roots from the game.

How to Play

Teams

  • You have two teams; the batters and the fielders.
  • Ideally each team will have equal numbers.
  • The fielders position themselves around the playing field.
  • The batters wait on the sideline for their turn to bat.

Layout

  • On the field there are 3 bases and up to 9 fielders.
  • With his/her back to the fielders, stands a thrower (a member of the fielders team).
  • Facing the thrower, stands the first batter and someone else from their team to catch the ball if it goes past them.
  • Batters run clockwise from their starting position.

Game on!

  • The thrower throws the ball towards the batter.
    • Batters can be thrown the ball 3 times before they’re out.
    • A no-ball is given if the thrower throws the ball too high or out of the batters reach.
  • The batter tries to hit the ball as far into the playing field as possible, so that it will take a while for the fielders to reach it.
  • While the fielders are running for the ball, the batter runs through as many bases as possible before the fielders can strike them out.
  • Fielders can strike batters out by either reaching the base before the batter does and touching the base with the ball, or by just touching the batter with the ball.
  • Batters continue to run to bases during the turns of other batters, who also run.
    • Two batters cannot be on the same base at the same time.
  • A score is gained when one of the batters reaches the original starting point.

For a short video clip of the game being played click here.

Please note: these are not the official rules for Rounders, but are based on a more easy-going approach!

 

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