Basic Rules For Young Baseball Players
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Basic Rules for Young Baseball Players

Many young baseball players have seen the sport played on television or have been around it before they start playing. Coaches should not assume that players know any of the rules at an early age. It is the coach’s responsibility for making sure all players understand the rules of baseball. It can be overwhelming for players to learn the rules and the basic skills to play the game. The coach needs to keep it simple and to the basics for players just starting.

Here are basic rules for players to learn when starting their first season of baseball:

Sportsmanship: Players are not able to argue balls and strikes. The pros don’t even get a choice about calls that are made during a game. Players should be taught to show respect to the umpires. Respect should also be shown towards all coaches and other players. Respect is a life lesson and without respect the game loses its integrity.

Batting Lineup: Batters are to bat in the same order throughout the game. Hanging up the batting order will make it simple to remember who is up to bat. If a team is caught batting out of order then that player could be called out. Always be aware of your team’s lineup.

Batting helmet: A player that is up to bat or running the bases must wear a helmet at all times. Most Youth Baseball Leagues require all players to wear their helmet unless they are in the dugout or playing the field. If a player removes their helmet then they could be warned or called out. It is a good idea to get kids in the habit of not removing their helmet until they get into the dugout.

Strike Zone: A strike is typically a ball that is pitched over the plate and at a height between the shoulders and the knees of the batter. This could vary from umpire to umpire. No umpire is perfect so players should not expect every strike zone to be the same.

Fair or Foul: Fair territory is the field inside the lines where the players are in their defensive positions. A ball that is hit outside the lines, which are marked from home plate to third and from home plate to first, is considered to be a foul ball. A batted baseball is fair if it lands in the field of play or if it touches or passes first or third base within fair territory (even if it then goes over the foul line). Batters should learn to run after a ball is hit even if it appears to be foul.

Three Strikes: A batter who has three strikes is out. But there is an exception rule. If a batter swings at the third strike and the catcher fails to catch it the batter is able to run to first. The catcher must now tag the runner or throw him out at first. Not all Youth Baseball Leagues follow this rule so it would be a good idea to check your local rules.

Safe or Out: In order for the runner to be out they must be tagged or forced out before they get to the base. If there is a tie the runner is considered safe.

Running the Bases: One of the most fun things to do in baseball is running the bases. But keep in mind the rules. A runner must touch each base in the infield in the proper order. If a runner happens to miss a base they must return to that base and touch it before they can advance. A runner cannot score unless all bases are touched. Baserunners are not allowed to pass a teammate that is running in front of them when going around the bases. Runners must also stay within three feet of the base line unless they are trying to avoid interference with a fielder. It is very important that all players know how to slide properly to avoid injury.

Tag or Force Out: A runner must be tagged by a fielder with the ball or the ball in there glove in order for the runner to be out. If there is a force out (Force out being that a runner has no choice but to advance to the next base) then the fielder only has to tag the base before the runner does.

Pitching Mound: The pitcher must keep one foot on the rubber while throwing a pitch to a batter. Before a pitcher can deliver the pitch the batter must be given time to step into the batter’s box. Once a batter has stepped in then the pitcher is allowed to start there windup.

In conclusion, many leagues may have different rules so always familiarize yourself with what rules your league enforces. The ten rules discussed in this article are the general rules that all players should know. It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that their players understand and obey these rules.

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