Exploring Pathways

One of Rounders England’s key roles is to put in place a pathway for everyone who participates in Rounders, whether as a player, coach or umpire, so that they can develop their knowledge and skills of the game. The structure of the pathways has equal importance at all levels and underpins the development of our sport.


Rounders Pathways

  • Player

    Rounders England has a developing player pathway which can be entered at any stage, but commonly people (13+) begin by accessing a start up rounders opportunity, for example a festival or a short rounders activity programme. From this they can progress to playing in a team, often in a league structure. Opportunities exist to progress to the performance level regionally and nationally, the pinnacle being selection for the England squads.

    Rounders England Player Pathway

    Rounders England develops opportunities that align to the player pathway, with a focus on those placed within ‘programme’ and ‘team’ that lead to once a week participation. This aligns with our aim to increase adult participation in Rounders.

    Our ‘Blueprint for Development’ shows how our various programmes link in to levels 1 to 4 of the player pathway, and contribute to the ‘rounders backbone’, which is regular play in programmes and teams.

    Rounders Blue Print for Development

  • Coach


    Project 500 is a regional initiative across the South East of England, developed and delivered by seven active partnerships. The project has been active since 2013 and aims to recruit, develop and retain more women in coaching.

    Rounders England have a straightforward approach to training coaches from grassroots to elite level. There is a coach pathway which maps the journey from a new coach undertaking his or her first training course right through to taking the top qualifications needed to manage the England squad.

    Strand 1

    The first strand, organised by Rounders England, covers entry level coaching for teachers and students in the form of the Rounders Young Leader Award (RYLA) and Activator Award:


    Criteria: Aimed at 14years+ who have completed a min. of 1 module of JSLA.

    Benefits: able to lead rounders sessions in the presence of a coach/teacher. Gain the Preliminary Umpire award following successful completion of the test paper.


    Criteria: The minimum age to attend the course is 18 years of age and the activities must contribute to activities that are for or involve participants aged 14 years and over.

    Benefits: The activator course is intended to give individuals or groups the resources and skills to set up Rounders activity in a range of settings including local communities and parks, for a specific group of people or even for your colleagues at work!

    Strand 2

    The second strand, is the first step for coaches (Foundation Coach Award) progressing to the Level 2 coach qualification (1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rounders) which provides a more in-depth understanding of coaching. Both of these courses are available throughout the country:

    Foundation Coach Award

    Criteria: Learners need to be at least 15 years old to register for and attend the course; however learners cannot be certified for the Award in Coaching Rounders until they are 16 years of age.

    Benefits: To provide you with an introduction to the principles and practices of coaching safe rounders activities. You will learn how to communicate well with your participants, taking a person-centred approach.

    Strand 3

    UKCC Level 2 Coach

    Criteria: Learners ideally need to be at least 18 years old to register for, and attend, the course.

    Benefits: By successfully completing a Level 2 coaching qualification, as part of a UKCC endorsed coach education programme, coaches will be able to:

    • Prepare for the delivery of coaching activities
    • Deliver prepared activities of the coaching sessions

    The third and final strand is the progression to England squad coach through experienced and ongoing CPD.

  • Umpire

    The Rounders umpire pathway maps the journey from a new umpire undertaking his or her first training course right through to taking the top qualifications needed to umpire an international match. This is a straightforward approach to training umpires from grassroots to elite level.

    There are three strands within the umpire pathway. Each of the strands are progressive and each provide a more in-depth understanding of umpiring. Courses are available throughout the country.

    Rounders England Umpire Pathway

  • Elite

    The England Rounders squads are open to women and girls only. To become a player in one of the elite England Rounders squads, women and girls should have shown an outstanding ability in Rounders consisting of theoretical experience which draws on skills and tactics to enhance their physical abilities, as well as field experience.

    There is an annual opportunity to trial for the elite England Rounders squads and this is open to women and girls interested in playing the sport of Rounders at a performance level. The trials for each age group, Under 14, Under 16, Under 19 and Seniors take place over weekends. Players trial on one of the weekend days only and are identified by independent selectors following a set criteria based on specific skills, aptitude and game awareness. Successful players will be announced via letter 2 weeks after the trial date.

    Members of the England women’s squads reside throughout England and this determines that the vast majority of the training takes place centrally, at
    The Academy, Corby. Typically, players in the squads are put through their paces at three separate training sessions before the official playing season starts in April/May. Training sessions and matches are captured on photographs and videos.

    The England squads exist to provide a pathway from grassroots to elite performance and to showcase the sport around the country. Matches are played at an international level against Isle of Man, Guernsey and Wales and infrequently Dubai, Ireland, and Scotland.