America’s most iconic and beloved sport is Baseball. There are thousands o people who enjoy the game from home or from going to the field. But what about someone who is new to this game? For them, Baseball rules are both complicated and confusing.
But once they understand the basic rules of baseball, what offensive play is, what defensive play is, what field setup is, and others, the excitement will increase a lot. So, let’s begin.
We will begin with the basics of the game that will help you to play this game with your friends.
- First, you need nine players on each team. When a team is on the defensive side, they need atleast nine players. If you are playing the game with your friends, then fewer players than nine will work. But players need to cover a lot of space on the field. And this will make the players difficult to field and catch.
- Now, you need a catcher and a pitcher. The responsibility of the pitcher is to throw, and his place is in the middle of the field. And the pitcher will be there to catch the ball when the batter misses the ball. The catcher squats behind the batter. (Excluding gloves, the catcher needs a face mask and protective gear).
- After you have selected the pitcher and the catcher, now you need to assign the infielders. First, you need three players to protect three bases. These players are called basemen. And the fourth player will be the shortstop. The responsibility of the shortstop is to cover the second base and field the balls in the infield.
- Once you are done with the infielders, it is time to set the outfielders. There are mainly three outfielders. They are the left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder. These players are responsible for catching fly balls, covering the outfield area, and protecting the ball from going outside of the field if possible.
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- Once you have decided on the roles of all nine players, now you need to set up the field. First of all, the four bases will be in a diamond shape. The number of bases goes counterclockwise from the home plate. And the difference between each base is 27.5 meters or 90 feet. You also need to make a path between two bases with dirt. And do not forget to place a rubber base on three bases.
- Now, it is time to make the pitcher’s mound. The pitcher stands in the middle of the diamond, which is 18 meters or 60 feet away from the home plate. Place a rubber plate in the mound, also.
- The batter can stand on either the left side or the right side of the home plate. This depends on the batter’s dominant hand. The batter’s box is 1.2 meters by 1.8 meters (4 feet by 6 feet).
- Now, draw the catcher’s box. The catcher stands or squats behind the batter. And an umpire stands behind the catcher.
- Once you are done with all of these, draw the foul lines. The lines go straight from home plate to third base and from home plate to first base. And the lines go beyond the outside field.
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- First, we will talk about offensive play. First, a batter will go to the batter’s box and try to hit the ball that the pitcher throws. All players need to act as batters when their team is in the offensive play. The umpire mainly calls three things- a foul ball, a ball, and a strike.
- A strike means that the batter is unsuccessful in hitting the ball. A third strike is out. That means the batter can’t play in that innings anymore.
- If the thrown ball is too far from the hitting area, then that is a ball. If the defensive team gives four balls, then the offensive team gets an advancement to move one base further.
- When the batter hits the ball and it drops the foul area before reaching the third or first base, that is a foul ball. After that, all runners need to go back to their time-to-pitch base. Normally, a foul ball doesn’t count as a strike.
- A batter tries to hit the ball. No matter whether the ball is on the ground or in the air, the batter and runner run through the bases. And they also try to avoid getting out. If a fielder catches a flying ball, then that is a flyout.
- If the fielding team is successful in getting possession of the ball and touches a base before a player from the offensive team reachers, then that will be a force out.
- There is a strategy that the offensive team tries to play. This is called stealing bases. When the pitcher throws the ball, the runners try to steal bases by running one base to another.
- Now, coming to the best part. Batters try to hit a home run and run the whole diamond. If all the bases are filled with players, then a home run is called a grand slam. And the team will get four runs. And if you are able to run the bases and reach the batter’s spot, then there will be one run.
- If the offensive team gets three outs, then the sides will switch. The defensive team will be offensive, and the offensive team will be defensive.
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- The pitcher throws the ball toward the batters. There are tricks like changeups, curveballs, fastballs, sliders, and others to get out the batters. A pitcher needs to be a fast thrower.
- The defensive team tries to field the ball, whether it is on the ground or in the air. And then players need to get out the players who are trying to reach bases. If a player is successful in catching a ball while it is in the air, that will count as an out. They also throw the ball to the bases to get out the players.
- The pitcher’s responsibility is to throw, the catcher’s responsibility is to catch the ball and protect the home plate, the inside fielder’s responsibility is to cover bases, and the outside fielder’s responsibility is to field the ball and throw the ball to the bases.
I guess that is all you need to know to start playing baseball. And one of the basic baseball rules is there are a total of 9 innings. After playing 9 innings, the team with the most points wins the game. This is all you need to know before starting a game with your friends.
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