Rules & Guidelines
Rounders is played between two teams and the aim of the game is to score the most Rounders.
The very basic rules are:
- Teams can be a minimum of six players and a maximum of 15 players. Nine players are on the field for each team at any one time.
- If a mixed team – there should be no more than five male players.
- One team bats while the other team fields and bowls.
- The bowler bowls the ball to the batter who hits the ball forward 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.
- 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 can be out if the fielding team catch the ball hit by the batter before it touches the ground or by touching the post the batter is heading to with the ball before the batter reaches it.
- Accompanying Scoresheet and Score Key can be downloaded.
All umpires and coaches have a duty to carry out a risk assessment before allowing play. We have provided a standard risk assessment for you. This is a useful document to gain some knowledge of the expectations of undertaking a risk assessment and what you need to be aware of when considering a safe environment to play Rounders in.
Rounders England does not recommend participation whilst pregnant due to the significant risk to health. Individuals who do choose to participate whilst pregnant should seek medical consent before participating and must accept responsibility for any adverse consequences of their decision.
In a simple format, Rounders can be played with jumpers as bases and a racket and a ball – pretty much how you might have played it in childhood!
Competitively, we recommend that approved equipment by Aresson is used. Approved equipment is manufactured for the purpose and meets the specifications set out in the Official Rounders Rules book.
This is a list of essential equipment you will need to start playing competitively;
All bats should have a grip made for the purpose.
Wooden – The surface of the bat should be kept smooth and free from splinters and dirt. When spliced, the joint and any binding should be tight, firm and secure.
Aluminium – Caps and grips should be well fitted and not allowed to become loose.
Plastic – The surface of the bat should be smooth.
Posts & Bases
Posts must be fitted with a safety cap. They must be supported by a rubber-like base and not fixed to the ground. Wooden posts should be sheathed in plastic.
White or coloured balls are allowed and should be considered when assessing the playing conditions. All stitching should be flush to the outer covering with no raised seams. Stitching should be uniform, tight and unfrayed. The outer covering should be free from tears and projections. The ball should be kept clean and free from dirt. Wet balls that weigh heavier than the rule specifications should not be used.
During play bats and balls should be kept dry to ensure that a firm grip can be maintained. After play, wet equipment should be dried out slowly and stored in a dry place. A light oiling with linseed oil will minimise the cracking of wooden equipment; care should be taken to avoid oiling the handle of the bat.
All clothing must be suitable for the purpose. Most sports kit is acceptable. When a team has been formed for a while, it is common to wear a uniform kit. Approved kit by iPROSPORTS is recommended; high performance kit that can be custom-printed.
Spiked footwear, i.e. running spikes, is prohibited. It is recommended that football boots (with studs meeting the rule requirements) or astro shoes are worn in wet weather.
Protective items for example mouth guards, close fitting shin pads and unpadded, fingerless gloves are allowed.
The batting square shall be 2m square. The front line shall be parallel with and 7.5m away from the front line of the bowling square.
Forward And Backward Area
The front line of the batting square shall be extended in both directions by solid lines measuring at least 12m.
This line and the imaginary continuation of it, shall be called the FORWARD AREA.
The area behind this line and the imaginary continuation of it shall be called the BACKWARD AREA.
At least 10m behind the Forward/Backward area line, and 15m either side of the front right hand corner of the batting square, lines shall be drawn to mark the positions for waiting batters and batters out.
There shall be a 2m zone line from 4th post extending into the backward area, at right angles to the Froward/Backward line.
The bowling area shall be 2.5m square. All lines shall be considered as part of the square.
The Running Track
The running track shall be the area used by the batter when running and will extend 2m beyond 4th post. The 2m zone line at 4th post shall be deemed part of the running track. This is shown in the marking plan for a Rounders pitch diagram.