HOW TO PLAY TEE BALL - DOC
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HOW TO PLAY TEE BALL TEAMS Teams can consist of between nine and twelve players but this does not need to be applied rigidly. Teams take turns at offensive play (trying to score runs) and defensive play (trying to prevent runs being scored) STARTING THE GAME Toss a coin to decide batting and fielding teams. LENGTH OF GAME Each turn at offence and defence is called an innings. Generally seven equal innings, the game finishes. Because of the fun nature of Tee Ball, this is not a rigid rule. FIELDERS Fielders take up positions as show in the diagram below. Ensure that fielding positions are rotated regularly; this means that each player continues to be involved in the game. BATTING ORDER Each team must bat in a pre-determined order and the game can be played using the three out side away method as in baseball. If three outs are used, the first batter in the next innings would be the batter in the order after the last out. SCORING RUNS Each batter who advances around the bases without being tagged or forced out, scores a run for his/her team. At the end of the game, the team with the most runs wins SOME EXTRA NOTES FOR COMPETITION BATTING TEAM 3 OUTSIDE AWAY METHOD TO BE USED TEAMS MAY USE UP TO 12 BATTERS BUT ONLY 9 FIELDERS NOTE An innings is completed when NINE players have batted - NOT when a side has 9 runs. As this competition is not win at all costs, all fielders should be rotated each innings. RULES FOR TEE BALL The ball is placed on the tee and the umpire calls ‘Play Ball’. The batter tries to hit the ball off the tee into fair territory, past the fielders. When the ball is hit into fair territory, the batter must run to first before the fielders can retrieve the ball and throw it to first, or before a fielder can tag the batter. Of course, runners can advance past first if they wish. If the batter swings and misses or if the ball is hit into foul territory, the umpire calls a strike. Fouls count as strikes and after three strikes the batter is out. Bunting is NOT allowed. Players should be encouraged to take a full swing. Base stealing is NOT allowed and base runners must be touching their base when the ball is hit off the tee. Runners on bases are forced to run to the next base when the base behind them is occupied. The batters who hit the ball into fair territory are always forced to run to first base. Base runners can be tagged out by a member of the fielding team with the ball when the base runner is not in contact with a base, or put out when a fielder, with the ball, touches the base the base runner is forced to. Base runners are permitted to over run first base without being put out, but at second and third runners have to remain in contact with the base. When a fly ball (a ball hit into the air) is hit, the base runners must stay in contact with their bases until the ball is either caught or dropped by the fielding team. Only then can they advance to the next base or home plate. Only one base is permitted on any overthrow which goes into dead ball territory. Two base runners cannot occupy the same base at the same time. Base runners cannot leave bases, when ball has been returned to pitcher who holds the ball in the air. Other in- field players CANNOT do this.