Baseball - What Is It And How Do You Play The Game

By: Jullienne Queen

The popular game baseball is believed to have arrived by means of immigrants from Britain and Ireland, to the United States. The game baseball, according to popular belief, has originated in the Ireland few centuries back. Baseball is a game played between two teams. The batting team bats and the fielding team catches and tries to get the players of the batting team out of the game. However, the team that scores the maximum number of runs will win the game. The obvious goal of the game, hence, is to score more points than the competing team and these points are referred to as runs in the baseball terminology.

When they are batting, the nine members of each team will attempt to score runs by running through all the bases in the square shaped field, the diamond. This running through bases is known as a tour. Starting from the home plate, a player will tour counter clockwise, until he arrives back to the home plate.

It is important to know the basic tolls or the basic equipment of baseball, when looking at how the game baseball is player. They are the bat, the ball, the mitt and the field.

An offensive tool which is long, hard, made of wood or aluminum, with a diameter of about 5 centimeters and a smaller handle of diameter- about 1 inch, is known as the bat.

The fist sized white colored, red laced spherical object used in baseball is called the ball.
Made of leather, the mitt, also known as gloves are worn by players as a defensive baseball equipment. Wearing the mitt helps in catching the ball. The shape of the mitt however is not definite, as it changes according to the needs of the defending position of the player.

The baseball field has a diamond shape and depending on the age of the players, its dimensions may vary.

Baseball has a series of innings when it is played. Each inning will be divided into two. At the beginning of each half-inning of the baseball match, the nine defensive players will arrange themselves on the field. One defensive player will stand at a designated spot in the centre which is known as the mound whilst the defensive player known as the catcher will stand at the other side of the pitchers side of the home plate.

The game begins when the batter holding a bat stands at the home plate, hits the ball thrown at him and starts running towards the first base. Any runners, meanwhile who were already on the base, will try to advance on to other additional bases. The catcher should catch the ball and return them to the pitcher, by this time. Its great to have a decent pair of binoculars to see the game.

These are the basic concepts behind one of the most popular games in the United States- Baseball.

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