Baseball is a sport that originated in the United States, and has been around for over 150 years. It is often seen as America’s national pastime. Millions of people watch it on TV every season, and more still play it themselves. There are many different levels to playing baseball; this article will cover basics such as equipment needed to play the game and rules, along with other helpful information for beginners like you to help you start it as a hobby!
There’s a variety of ways to play baseball, depending on the level of competition and age. These include: Tee Ball (kids), Little League Baseball (ages four through twelve), Minor League Baseball (less formal than Major Leagues) and Major league Baseball which is considered professional; however, all players have been in at least one season of minor league ball before getting called up to MLB.
Benefits of Playing Baseball?
Playing baseball has many benefits and some of them are discussed below.
Physical Health: Baseball has been proven to produce better cardio than running on a treadmill by 60%! The game requires continuous movement from batting, underhand pitching, throwing, fielding ground balls or flyballs in addition to sprinting around the bases after making contact with the ball.
Mental Health: Playing baseball can be very rewarding because there’s no other game that offers such challenge all while having fun with friends at the same time. There’s something about playing ball that makes you forget your problems even if just for one day out in the world or in front of stadium crowds cheering alongside fans from both teams every inning .
Social life: Having people around who share your interest never hurts anybody, especially when you meet new ones through this shared passion for baseball! The social aspect of this sport is just as important as the physical and mental aspect.
Weight Loss: All of that high intensity exercise isn’t going unnoticed when it comes to weight loss either because baseball players are burning up an average of about 400 calories every hour they’re playing without even trying too hard!
Getting Started with Baseball
The first thing you need to know about baseball is what equipment you will need in order to play. You will most likely want a glove, bat and ball – these three items are the basics that every player needs!
The equipment needed for each game varies based on what level you’re playing at. For example, tee ball has very few pieces of gear – just a bat and some balls! But when it comes to little leaguers or higher levels where more advanced rules are in place, things like gloves, cleats and bats are necessary.
The next few things on the list include batting gloves which help someone hold onto the bat better when hitting, cleats (or shoes) for running faster around bases, and an athletic cup or jock strap which helps protect one’s groin while playing.
Now let’s talk about rules of this game.
First off there are nine innings in a game; each inning has at least two outs before another team takes their turn up at bat.
There can be more than just two outs because if somebody strikes out during their time up at bat, the other team can go up to bat and try to get as many outs or runs before they have two strikes.
The pitcher pitches from a distance of 60 feet away from home plate and there is a batter box with which you must stand inside during your time at-bat.
The catcher for both teams sit behind home plate and catches all balls that are pitched in order to throw them back out into play (to either make an out or put runners on base).
A runner gets help because if he hits the ball off his opponent’s side, then he automatically becomes safe on first base; however this does not happen when batting under modern rules since it would be unfair otherwise! If someone reaches safely three times over the course of their turn at-bat, then they have a home run and that’s when the game is over.
This leads into one of my favorite parts about baseball: there are so many different ways in which you can keep score! The two most popular scoring systems would be to either play an inning to 31 runs or just count all the outs for each team. If someone gets three outs during their time up at bat, then it is considered an out (or if they get hit by pitches).
This means that both teams will try to make as few mistakes as possible because any mistake made could lead to them having less opportunities within the course of the game itself.
One thing I like to do sometimes is take batting practice before going onto playing other sorts of games like playing catch or throwing a ball back and forth.