The Association for Friends of African Baseball Hand-Hitball Rules for Coaches Part3


6. Runs and Determining a Winner

Hitters hit balls in turn. When the ball is hit, runners on bases run toward subsequent bases, and when a runner gets to the home plate, the Hit Team gets a score. The hitter reached safely to the first base, can run further to the second, and even to the home plate, as long as the hitter can reach to the bases faster than the ball thrown by a Catch Team player. While the objective for the Hit Team is to earn as much scores, the opposite Catch Team tries to gets three outs to stop its action.

+ Hit Team players keep hitting in turn to the order, set at the beginning of the game.
+ On exchanging the inning, the first hitter of Hit Team is next to the last hitter of the same team in the previous inning.
+ If a hitter or a runner outruns a previous runner, he is out.
+ Only one runner can occupy one base. A runner on the base must advance to the next base when another runner or a hitter runs toward his base.
+ When a hitter makes a complete circuit of the bases and scores all by himself, it is called a "Home Run".

7. Exhortation to Direct Catching

If the Catch Team catches the hit ball before it fell to the ground, the hitter is "out". On this case, runners on bases cannot move to the next bases.

+ When a ball is hit in the air, a fly ball, and caught by the Catch Team, runners must return, and touch the bases they occupied at the time of the pitch. If the runner fails to return before the ball arrives at the base, both him and the hitter is OUT.
+ Therefore, when a ball flies in the air, runners need to mind the ball is caught directly, and they can be got OUT, if they are off the base.

8. Tip for Enjoying "Hand-Hitball"

Tip for enjoying Hit Ball is, for a Hit Team, to hit a ball to where no one can catch. For a Catch Team, the tips are to wait for a hit ball at where the ball is likely to come, and hopefully, catch it directly before it falls to the ground. When the ball comes along the ground toward you, you would want to catch it and throw it accurately at the first base.

+ Hitting hard to get a "Home Run" is quite an exciting play, but hitting softly and attempt to get to the first base before the Catch team players reach it, is also very very good. Both plays may be the opposite style, but both of them describe the essence of excitement in baseball(hitting, running, and fielding).
+ Sometimes, it is difficult for a Catch Team to get three outs, because of the small number of players or the gap in ability between two teams. In such cases, you can be flexible and, for example, switch the Catch Team and Hit Team after getting two outs, instead of three, or after six players of the Hit Team hit.
+ Having a fixed number of players at bat in each inning, instead of switching the Hit Team and Catch Team every time the Hit Team gets three outs, has the advantages of letting both teams play Hit and Catch for about same amount of time and of giving everybody equal chances to be at bat.

+ Download the PDF file of these rules from here.