It is believed by many historians that rounders and cricket 1st evolved from a game called stoolball. Stoolball is a game played in a marked field with a batter and a bowler.

The game of rounders has been played in England since Tudor times, with the earliest reference being in 1744 in “A Little Pretty Pocketbook” where it was called baseball. Most baseball historians accept that their sport is evolved from rounders. Rounders is the name used by Jane Austen in her book “Northanger Abbey”. Following the “The Boy’s Own Book” of 1828 devoted a whole chapter to Rounders and in 1889 the Liverpool and Scottish Rounders Association was founded. The 1st official rules did away with the practice of putting a running batter out by hitting them with a thrown ball.

Rounders remains primarily a sport for schoolgirls and schoolboys today but also attracts an active club following as well.

Today rounders in it different forms is a very popular sport. Baseball is widespread throughout the USA, Canada and Japan and rounders is played by 2,000,000 school children in the United Kingdom.

Rules. Rounders:

Games are played between Two teams of between six and fifteen players.

Bowlers have to bowl under arm at a height that is between the head and the knee of the batter and without letting the ball bounce, go wide or go straight at the bowler.

A rounder scored when the fourth post is reached before another ball is bowled or if the fourth post is reached on a no ball.

a half rounder is scored if the fourth post is reached without hitting the ball, the 2nd post is reached after hitting the ball, there is obstruction by a fielder or there are two consecutive no balls.

The most common ways to be out is when you are caught by a fielder, you are stumped at a post before reaching it or if you run inside a post. When at a post you must remain in contact with that post.

When the bowler has the ball in his square you cannot run between posts. You cannot have more than one batter at each post. You must touch the fourth post on getting home.

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