Sport has a unique ability to bring people together to celebrate the diversity of our society. Rounders England recognises the impact it can have and is committed to the creation and enhancement of an inclusive culture.
Rounders England are proud to have developed a wheelchair version of the game.
A project, managed by Lincolnshire Sport and funded by Short Breaks at Lincolnshire County Council, was the first of its kind in the country. No other project solely dedicated to Wheelchair Rounders has ever been developed before, and St. Francis Special School was the pilot school for Rounders England.
To play Walking Rounders, some rules need to be adapted to ensure that the game is played appropriately. If you’re playing a game competitively, these rules become important.
Rounders England has recommended the adaptions below. If you’re not playing a competitive game it’s really important to deliver a fun and flexible session, therefore, how closely you adhere to the rule adaptions is dependant on your group. For example, you may decide to make the pitch smaller, and play with a soft ball.
One rule which must be enforced in all Walking Rounders sessions is to ensure that everyone is WALKING: “A player must have at least part of one foot in contact with the ground at all times.” The penalty for not complying is a point deduction for your team, whether you are batting or fielding.
Official Rounders Rules will apply, with the following exceptions:
Innings: an innings will consist of 3 good balls for each batter. If the batter takes a no-ball, this would not be counted as one of their 3 good balls and they can join the batting line to bat again.
Scoring: 1 point for reaching each post on your live bat, so – 1 point for reaching 1st, 2 points for reaching 2nd, 3 points for reaching 3rd and 4 points for reaching 4th.
Out: batters can be put out in the usual way, and they are allowed to return to the batting line to bat again. If a player is out, a point will be deducted from their team score.
Additional Vulnerability Groups
Resources to support specific vulnerable groups
Awareness of the additional vulnerability of deaf and disabled individuals and understand why they are particularly susceptible to abuse.
This training resource helps adults in black and minority ethnic (BME) communities learn about childcare practices which may be positive or harmful, and ways to keep children safe.
Understanding more about a faith and the role faith can play in family life is important to help you find appropriate ways to approach conversations around child protection and organisational safe practice.
In recent years, the sport sector has shown a change in attitudes and is working to embed an accepting and inclusive culture.