To excel in any game, be it on the ground or off the ground, we need to know the rules of the play. The most essential thing to defeat the opponent is to understand those rules and play by them. Even for bending or tweaking those rules, you have to know what are they! The national game of the USA, baseball is no exception. Hence, this article about basic baseball rules is dedicated to all the baseball lovers and amateurs who wish to pursue this game! Here I pitch!
What are the Basic Rules for Baseball
The field consists of infield and outfield. Infield is the area of the field closest to the bases. The grassy area reaching farther is the outfield. The diamond is the major part of the infield, which includes the pitcher’s mound, home plate, and 3 other bases. These bases are numbered counter-clockwise. From the diamond, the bases are 90 feet. However as per basic baseball rules for kids, and softball, this distance could be less. Then there are foul lines and the whole area beyond the foul lines is termed as foul territory. Although this aspect – the area and expanse of ground bordering the field between long white lines connecting first base to home plate and third to the home plate differ from field to field. The pitcher’s mound is an elevated portion of the ground almost in the middle of the diamond. There is rubber on that and the pitcher has to touch one foot to the rubber while delivering the ball. Read more on layout of a baseball diamond.
There are 3 constituents of the entire array of baseball equipment. Ball, bat and gloves or mitt.
Ball: The circumference of the ball used for baseball is 23 cm or 9 inches. It is roughly the size of an adult fist. There is a rubber or cork at the center and it is wound in yarn. Finally, it is covered with white cow hide, having red stitching.
Bat: This bat is not the same as cricket bat, it is a hard, round stick and has a diameter of around 6.6 cm or 2.5 inches at the hitting end. This end then tapers to a narrower handle, ending in a knob. It is made of solid, single piece of wood. » Read more: Basic Baseball Rules