The Rounders Pitch
Rounders Pitch Dimensions
The Rounders Pitch should be laid out as shown in the diagram below. Dimensions can be changed if a smaller area is being used.
Batting Square & Bowling Square
The batting area shall be 2m square. The front line shall be parallel with and 7.5m away from the front line of the bowling square. All lines shall be considered as part of the square. There shall be solid lines extending from the front right hand corner of the batting square to 1st post and between other posts.
The bowling area shall be 2.5m square. All lines shall be considered as part of the square.
Forward & 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 area in front of it 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. Umpires must make sure that waiting batters and batters out are in their correct areas.
There shall be a 2m zone line from 4th post extending into the backward area, at right angles to the forward/backward line.
The Running Track
The running track shall be the area used by the batter when running, as shown in the diagram above, and will extend 2m beyond 4th post. The 2m zone line at 4th post shall be deemed part of the running track.
The running track is the course normally taken by batters in endeavouring to move from one post to the next. One batters track is not necessarily that of another.
There shall be a backstop line, 6m long and 1m behind the batting square, which the backstop must stand behind until the ball has been hit by or has passed the batter.
Lines will be extended by 2m at each post to indicate zones. The zone lines should assist umpires when deciding whether a batter has overrun the post, or has turned and set off for the next post. A batter who is not in contact with the post, vertical on its spot, and who has any part of either foot over the 2m zone line will be deemed to be making for the next post. This will not be classed as an overrun.