Basic Rules of Baseball Everyone Has to Know

What are the basic rules of baseball? What are the 11 rules of baseball, you have to know and follow? What’s the fastest pitch in baseball? What’s the highest hit ball in baseball? What’s the walk-off king? Well, here we go!

Rule #1

No stealing. It’s been illegal since Babe Ruth first took it upon himself (illegally) to pick up Joe DiMaggio’s glove and run home. Ever since it’s been a rule. So if you’re going to steal, don’t do it in front of the home plate. If you do, you’re going to get thrown out and you might even wind up on the bench for a few games or worse.

Rule #2

When runners try to steal, they have to stay on the grass. If they ran onto the field, they have to be removed. The foul should be a ball that bounces to the third base. There are some pitchers who will call it a bobbling ball if it happens to be a running ball which is also illegal.

Rule #3

The only way a runner can be tagged out is by being thrown out at the home plate. If there’s trouble with the throw or the play doesn’t go the way he wanted, the runner must be thrown out. Now you may say, “But why is that important?” Well, if the game was played a hundred years ago, it probably wouldn’t matter as much. Today, it matters a lot!

Rule #4

Everyone runs slow today. I remember being in the stands when Pete Rose ran into the outfield and threw balls to the first base. As he walked off, the crowd started yelling, “You got him, You got him!” It was pretty funny. But, when a young kid like Ray’s second basemen, J.P. Arencibia, was hit hard by a pitch and forced out at the second base, you know the game is changing fast.

Rule #5

The only way to play is to play foul! That’s right, it’s now OK for players to get hit with pitches. Remember, you have the green light at home plate. Don’t waste it running out there to prove a foul.

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Rule #6

In case there are no runners on third base and the bases are loaded, the player on second base takes the throw to first base. So, it doesn’t matter who was first to hit the ball! It matters who is on second! And, don’t think the umpires have seen it coming! They have been hit too!

Rule #7

When a runner is tagged out at the third base, the other runners have one more chance to run. If they take the throw to home plate, the ball player has one more chance to score. But, remember the designated runner cannot advance to the home plate until the other runners have passed! That is the only rule that has changed. So, play the game responsibly!

Rule #8

The only way a player can be tagged out is if he goes back to first base without being tagged! Otherwise, the runner is declared out! Remember, once a runner is tagged, he is removed from the game! So, make sure you are ready to leave the game if your team tags a player! That could be a very costly error on your part.

Rule #9

On offense, when runners are put into scoring position, they cannot put themselves on the box. They must slide into the box and wait until they touch the wall or a member of the playing field to do so. Do not slide if you are not ready to do that! That is a very important rule!

Rule #10

For the tenth time in a game, any runner who illegally reaches home plate and doesn’t steal a base (whether he advances the runner or not) may be declared out. Swinging a runner out “improperly” is an infraction. This is called a base hit, and it is grounds for a foul. Do not let it go unpunished!

Rule #11

When a runner is tagged out, he must return to first base without leaving his throw or anyone else’s, except for his own throw. Failure to do so results in a foul. One more thing. Whenever a ball is thrown to a person other than an outfielder, the runner must have his throw first before he may return to the game. If he does not, he forfeits the throw and should be made to return to the dugout.