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Rules for Rounders

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Basic Rules for playing Garden Rounders:

Each team can consist of a minimum of 6 players or a maximum of 15 players. 9 players are on the field for each team at any one time. Depending on the numbers in each team, you may play either one or two innings to decide the winner.

One team bats while the other team fields and bowls. You can only score when your team is batting.

Mark out your pitch using the four posts. The size of your pitch is dependent on the age of the people playing and the space available along with whether you are playing for fun or seriously as in a league.

Each post must have a Post Guard who is part of the fielding team. It is the job of the Post Guard to run out the batters at their post. Note: if playing with only 6 players per team, you can play without post guards and anyone in the fielding team can run out a batter at any post.

The remaining members of the team can field anywhere.

The bowler bowls the ball to the batter who attempts to hit the ball anywhere on the Rounders pitch.

The bowler must bowl the ball underarm from the designated bowling area and aim the ball height between the batters hip and shoulders area.

In the event of the bowler bowling a ball outside of the hip/shoulder area as called by the umpire (a no ball), the batter may choose to take either an extra ball or walk, without being run out, to the first post.

The batter has 3 chances to hit the ball.

If the batter hits the ball and decides to run on any of the 3 balls, he must run via each of the posts to the furthest post he can without being run out.

If the batter hits the first and second ball but decides not to run and then misses the third ball - the batter is given out.

The batter can run to any post on any hit he makes. However, the batter can only run on a miss (to the first post only) if the batter has missed the two preceding balls.

The batting team cannot have more than one batter on a post at a time. Therefore if a batter runs to a post and the previous batter is still at that post because they have not run, then the batter running to that post is still in and the previous batter will be given out.

If the batter manages to run to the fourth post in one go without being run out, this then counts as a rounder (or 2 points). If the batter manages to complete a rounder but with stopping at any of the posts this counts as a half rounder (or 1 point).

The batting team can continue to bat until all the players in the team are out or until the last batter fails to make a complete rounder.

The fielding team must field the ball and try to run out the batter by throwing the ball to the next post the batter is heading to. The post guard will then tap the post with the ball. If this is done before the batter reaches that particular post, then the batter is deemed out.

The batter can also be out if the ball he has hit is caught by the opposing team before the ball hits the ground. This also includes being caught by the backstop if the ball has been hit.

The winner is the team that has the highest points score after the batters from both teams have batted.

The Pitch:

A Rounders pitch can vary in size depending on your age or if you are playing for fun or playing for example in a league or competition.

A Rounders pitch can be paced out for fun playing in the garden, park, on the beach or the pitch can be marked out precisely.

You can download a diagram of the Pitch Markings for a Rounders Pitch at the top of the section which should help you wherever you are thinking of playing. Bear in mond this can be changed to suit the surroundings.

When you mark out or pace out a pitch always bear in mind the safety of those who will be playing and ensure that the distance between bowler and batter is maintained.

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