Get Inspired: How to get into Rounders
|Why get into rounders?||It's a fun way to develop communication skills, get active and have a great time!|
|Who is it for?||Rounders is a great way for adults and kids to keep in shape, socialise and have fun.|
|Is there a cheap option?||All you need is a bat, a ball, some friends and a flat surface to play on.|
|What if I want a proper workout?||Throwing, catching and sprinting could see you burning up to 400 calories an hour.|
|Can I take it to another level?||There are 40+ adult leagues throughout England and Wales who play regularly and train in-between matches|
|Is there a disability option?||Wheelchair rounders is equally as fast paced and exciting as the traditional game.|
|Is there a family option?||Grab a bat and ball and take the kids to the local park to practise their basic hand-eye coordination skills.|
Join over 24,000 adults a week and play Rounders! All you need is basic equipment; bat, ball a decent bit of outdoor space and some willing friends and family.
Rounders is a fun, exciting, striking and fielding team game, where points known as 'Rounders' are scored by a player hitting a ball and then completing a circuit of the track. As long as you have a flat surface such as grass, a beach, or a sports hall, you can set up a game! Anyone can play regardless of age, gender or ability and people can enjoy a recreational game as well as competing in member leagues. Rounders has many variations depending on the number of players and their sporting ability. We suggest you take a look at the official rules before you start!
As you can never predict the weather in Britain- indoor rounders is the perfect year-round sport. The indoor version is very similar to the traditional outdoor game however teams are limited to six-a-side and the minimum space requirement is four badminton courts. Games are fast paced and exciting with the ball bouncing off the ceiling and off the walls at odd angles which makes it easy for anyone to be able to score and have fun. Visit Rounders England for hints and tips.
The popularity of rounders is increasing rapidly, with new teams and member leagues popping up all the time. There are currently over 200 teams who compete in 40 leagues up and down the country. For those looking to take the sport to the next level, the best place to start is by joining a team and training regularly. Use this team finder to locate a club near you. If you're interested in starting your own team there is plenty of useful information on the Rounders England website.
Rounders can be easily adapted into a wheelchair version which is equally as fast paced and exciting as the traditional game. The basic rules are the same, with adaptations made to make the sport more accessible. These rule changes include moving the first base closer to the batter, adding another player for the batter to hand the bat to before they start to wheel round the pitch and if the ball hits the chair without bouncing, this counts as a catch. See more on inclusive rounders.
If you're looking to organise and set up your own team then the Rounders England Toolkit should be your first port of call! The toolkit provides essential advice on the equipment you'll need, scorecards for your games and top hints and tips for building fun sessions to get people active. You'll also get printable materials such as flyers and posters to promote your team and generate a buzz in the local area! For all this and more, visit Rounders England.
Coaching and volunteering
Whether you have been a competitor in the past or just have a keen interest in developing talent, Rounders England provides all the information you need about coaching opportunities. You can also try Sports Coach UK for more ideas.
There are opportunities to be involved in Rounders in a capacity that suits you, whether you want to umpire at your local team or progress to elite umpiring. Clubs are always on the look out for people who want to help out. If you're interested in becoming an umpire, visit Rounders England. For more volunteering opportunities, visit Volunteer Scotland,Join In UK, and Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland.
1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into rounders near you.
2. Find your local Rounders opportunities by using the Rounders England Interactive Map. If you live elsewhere in the UK, contact your local club.
3. Share your story and inspire others
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, visiting us on Facebook or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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