Get Inspired: How to get into Rounders

A striking and fielding game, played by two teams where points known as 'rounders' decide the winner. The game involves hitting a small ball with a bat as far as you can and completing a circuit of the track, consisting of 4 bases.

It can be played by both sexes, at any age, at varying levels of ability, as a competitive match or a recreational activity. There are several variations; ranging from the traditional 9 a-side 2 innings game, to fun mini versions, indoor rounders and inclusive rounders.

Why it's good for you?

Rounders undoubtedly provides an all body workout. Whether you're batting or fielding, rounders will improve your agility, hand-eye co-ordination and muscle endurance. Actions such as throwing, catching and sprinting will allow you to burn up to 400 calories an hour.

As a team game, rounders is an excellent way to develop communication skills and learn how to work effectively with others.

Teams & leagues often offer a variety of social events beyond simply playing the sport.

Get Involved

Rounders is an activity you can easily take part in with basic equipment; bat, ball, decent bit of outdoor space and a few people to play with.

If you want to discover your local playing opportunities, or join a Team/League, visit Rounders England  .

However, if you want to set up a game for family & friends, your first point of call would be the Rounders Toolkit  . It provides a set of simplified rules and lots of useful tips to get you started.

History

Rounders roots in the UK date back to as early as the Tudor Times. The earliest reference can be found in a 1744 publication where an illustration shows 3 posts, a bowler and a batter. This gave rise to Rounders England, previously known as the National Rounders Association, being formed in 1943 to regulate, promote and govern rounders as we know it today.

Did you know?

Over 24,000 adults play rounders once a week, with over 70,000 playing once a month.

Rounders is played in over 87% of schools and is the third most played team sport in schools ahead of Netball & Cricket.

Rounders England  also have 4 National standard teams (u14, u16, u19 & Senior), with the first International played against Wales way back in 1983.

Rounders is played in over 40 Adult leagues throughout England and Wales, with players participating from ages 14 to the late 70's.

Are you inspired to try Rounders? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the game by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired  or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

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