About Rounders and Baseball
Rounders is a game played between two teams who alternate between batting and fielding. It involves hitting a small, hard ball with a round bat, and then running around four bases in order to score points, or 'rounders'. Points are scored when the batter completes a circuit around the bases without being 'put out'.
The rules of the game are relatively simple, with the bowler throwing the ball underarm to the batter. The ball is deemed 'good' if it reaches the batter on the bat side between their knees and their head. When the batter leaves a post to run to the next, any other members of the batting team must run on to their next post too. Runners cannot be declared out when at a post, and the batter must keep in contact with the post to prevent them from being declared out.
A half rounder is scored if the batter completes half a circuit, or if they reach the fourth base but did not hit the ball. A batter can be declared out if a fielder catches the ball before it hits the ground, running to a post which has been stumped, the batter drops their bat, they leave the base before the bowler has bowled the ball, or they are run out by the batter behind them.
The National Governing Body for Rounders is Rounders England.
Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team (batting team) are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team (fielding team) is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate (the place where the player started as a batter). The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.
The first objective of the batting team is to have a player reach first base safely. A player on the batting team who reaches first base without being called "out" can attempt to advance to subsequent bases as a runner, either immediately or during teammates' turns batting. The fielding team tries to prevent runs by getting batters or runners "out", which forces them out of the field of play. Both the pitcher and fielders have methods of getting the batting team's players out. The opposing teams switch back and forth between batting and fielding; the batting team's turn to bat is over once the fielding team records three outs. One turn batting for each team constitutes an inning. A game is usually composed of nine innings, and the team with the greater number of runs at the end of the game wins. If scores are tied at the end of nine innings, extra innings are usually played. Baseball has no game clock, although most games end in the ninth inning.