Rounders Rules

Rounders is a game played between two teams and the aim of the game is to score the most Rounders.

The basic rules are:

Teams can be a minimum of 6 players and a maximum of 15 players. 9 players are on the field for each team at any one time.

One team bats while the other team fields and bowls.

The bowler bowls the ball to the batter, who hits the ball anywhere on the Rounders pitch. The batter then runs to as many posts as possible before the fielders return the ball to touch the post the batter is heading for.

Games are usually played over 2 innings.

Scoring

If the batter reaches the 2nd or 3rd post in one hit, the batting team scores ½ Rounder.

If the batter reaches 4th post in one hit, the batting team scores a Rounder.

A batter is out if the fielding team catch the ball hit by a batter before it touches the ground or by touching the post the batter is running to with the ball before the batter reaches it.

If the runner reaches the 4th post on a no ball, the batting team scores 1 rounder. The batter cannot be caught out.

1/2 rounder scored if the 4th post is reached without the batter hitting the ball.

If the ball goes into the backward area the batter must stay at the 1st post until it reaches the outward area. If the 4th post is reached, 1 rounder is scored.

If 2nd post is reached before the next ball is bowled, the batting team get 1/2 rounder, but if the batter continues to run and is put out before the 4th post then it is taken off.

If the batter incurrs 2 no balls in a row then a penalty 1/2 rounder is given to the batting team.

There is a penalty 1/2 rounder given to the batting team if the batter is obstructed by a fielder.

The team with the most rounders wins.

Running around the track

Batters must always keep contact with the post, either with their hand or bat. If you don’t, the fielders can stump you out at the following post.

You don’t have to move to the next post every time a ball is bowled.

A batter may not remain at the same post as another batter. The umpire shall order the player who batted first to run on and may be put out in the usual ways. If they are both between posts and the batter coming up the rear runs past, then they would be out as the overtaker.

If you are at a post you cannot keep on moving to the next post when the bowler has the ball in his square. However, if you are between posts then you can keep on moving until you reach the following post.

If a post has been previously stumped, you can run on to it but there will be no score if the next post ahead has been stumped.

A player is out when:

  • a batter runs on the inside of the posts
  • the post the batter is running to is stumped
  • you overtake a previous batter on the field
  • the batter misses or hits the ball and their foot is over the front or back line of the batting square
  • a fielder obstructs a batter
  • you deliberately throw a bat
  • the batter is caught out
  • the batter loses contact with the post when the bowler has the ball

Batting Rules

You may use two hands when batting.

All batters must wait far behind the batting square and well away from the 4th post.

If a player is out, they must also wait in the backward area well away from the 1st post.

Each batter will have one good ball bowled to them.

A batter must hold on to the bat whilst running round the track. If this is a genuine accident then once the game play is at a dead ball situation (ball back with bowler) the umpire should ask the batter to retrieve their bat. However if this is obviously deliberate, then the batter is out.

It is a no ball when:

  • the ball is above the head/below the knee
  • the ball bounces on its way to you
  • the ball is wide or straight at body
  • the bowler’s foot is outside of the square when they release the ball
  • the bowler does not use a smooth underarm action

Please note:

  • You can still run on a no ball and can’t be caught out. You score in the same way.

Further explanation of the rules of the game can be found on Rounders England’s website:

http://www.roundersengland.co.uk/ngb/resources/faqs