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Rounders Rules - Simplified



1. Games are played between two teams. Each team has a maximum of 15 and a minimum of 6. No more than 9 may be on the field at any one time.


2. Players once substituted may return during the game, but batters only in the position of their original number.


Local Rules

  1. Innings to last a minimum of eighteen balls, more if time allows
  2. The batting order should remain the same throughout an innings
  3. No runners are allowed
  4. The batting and fielding team do not have to remain the same.
  5. There must be a minimum of 4 girls on the pitch at any time.



1. Wait in the backward area well away from 4th post


2. If out, wait in the backward area well away from 1st post


3. You will have one good ball bowled to you


No ball if:

x    Not smooth underarm action

x    Ball is above head - below knee

x    Ball bounces on way to you

x    Is wide or straight at body

x    The bowlers foot is  outside the square during the bowling action


You can take or run on a no ball, but once you reach 1st post you cannot return. You score in the normal way.




1 Rounder if  ball is hit and 4th post is reached and touched before next ball is bowled


1 Rounder if ball is hit and 4th post reached on a no ball (you can’t be caught out)


½  Rounder if 4th post reached without hitting the ball


½  Rounder if  ball is hit and 2nd post reached and touched before next ball is bowled - but if you continue this run and are put out before reaching 4th post, the score will be nullified


Penalty ½ Rounder for an obstruction by a fielder


Penalty ½ rounder for 2 consecutive no balls to same batter


1 Rounder for a backward hit if 4th post reached (you stay at 1st while ball is in the backward area)


Out when


1. Caught


2. Foot over front/back line of batting square before hitting or missing a good ball


3. Running inside post (unless obstructed)


4. The post you are running to is stumped


5. You lose contact with post during bowlers action when he has possession in the square


6. You overtake


7. You obstruct (you have right of way on track only)


Running around the track (please carry the bat)


1. If you stop at a post you must keep contact with the post, with hand or bat. If you don’t the fielding side can stump the following post to put you out


2. You can run on to a post even if it has been previously stumped (you don’t score if the post immediately ahead has been stumped)


3. When the bowler has the ball in his square you cannot move on, but if you are between posts you can carry on to the next


4. You cannot have two batters at a post. The Umpire will ask the first to run on when the second one makes contact


5. At a post you do not have to move on for every ball bowled


6. You can move on as soon as the ball leaves the bowlers hands, this includes no balls


7. You must touch 4th post on getting home


Rule books with the full rules: price £3 members, £5 non members can be obtained from:


NRA National Office

55 Westland Gardens

Sheffield S20 8ES

Telephone : 0114 2480357