The Rules of Baseball – EXPLAINED!

Ninh Explains the Rules of Baseball.
Baseball is an American sport and is played with 2 teams of 40 players, with 9 players taking to the field at any one time. The object of the game is for your team to score more runs than the opposing team. To score a run, a player must hit the ball between the foul lines and run across three bases and back to home. A hit outside these lines is classed as a ‘foul ball’ and the batter is not allowed to run. The essence of the game is between the pitcher of one team against the batter of the other team. As mentioned before, the batter’s job is to hit the ball between the foul lines but the pitchers job is to get the batter out by throwing into the strikezone.
This is an imaginary box that’s the width of home plate and roughly between the batters armpits and knees.
If the pitcher throws the ball through this area it’s a strike. If the batter swings and misses any ball it’s also a strike. If the batter hits the ball outside the foul lines it can be a 1st or 2nd Strike only. And obviously, three strikes means you’re out!
A pitch outside this area is called a ‘ball’. Four balls against a batter and he gets to walk to first base. That sounds simple enough, but there are 3 other ways for a team to get you out. Firstly, if the batter hits the ball along the ground the opposing team can throw the ball to the base he’s running to. If the ball beats the batter to the base – he’s out. A batter can be tagged out whilst running between the bases. If he hits the ball and the ball is caught in the air by the opposing team he’s also out. Once three outs have been made, their half of the inning is over and the other team gets to bat. Once both teams have batted this is known as an inning, the game is played over 9 innings. There are no ties in baseball, so if the score is tied after 9 innings, extra innings will be played to determine the winner. That’s basically it – but there’s a few other rules you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example: Home Run If a batter hits the ball out of the park between the foul lines, the batter batter (and anyone standing on the bases) get to walk freely around the bases and back to home. All runs score. Stealing bases: To help move the batters along the bases some players will try and make a run for the next base. This is a risky gamble, as the opposing team will be prepared for this and will try and get you out. If the batter is caught out, he is ‘caught stealing’. If a catcher misses or drops the ball, the batter can try and steal first base. Tagging up: If the ball is caught in the air: any players standing on the bases must start from that base before running for the next one. Ground Rule Double: If in the rare instance a ball is hit onto the ground and leaves the ballpark, the batter automatically walks to 2nd base. Double play: This is where the ball is hit in play and the defending team gets two outs, usually by way of throwing to one base, and then another. Designated hitter in Major League Baseball American League
American League teams can opt to have someone bat in place of the pitcher. This player is the designated hitter, and he usually specialises in hitting the ball and scoring runs. In the National League (and everywhere else) – the pitchers must bat for themselves. There are many other rules not discussed here, but as you watch or play baseball the rules will become clear. If you have found this video helpful please like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things things and good karma is always appreciated. Be sure to follow me on twitter also, but in the meantime, Enjoy Baseball! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

100 thoughts on “The Rules of Baseball – EXPLAINED!

  1. What happens if:
    There is a baserunner on 1st, the batter makes a high hit that looks homerun, then he runs to 1st ANd of course the one in 1st runs and get to 2nd.

    But the balls falls short and is catched, Obviously the one in 1st (batter) its out now.

    What happens to de one in 2nd, he is safe there? or has to run to 1st again risking to get out?

  2. I’m actually from the US and just watched it just to see how someone from outside this country would explain it, I still don’t get how people don’t get it, no offence intended obviously but it’s one of the most straightforward games in the world if you ask me. Cricket on the other hand…

  3. Cricket is so fckin easy to explain. I watched this twice still im clueless! Im really trying hard to understand this game.

  4. At least I made an effort to understand the game. I'm out .. I'll stick to football (I mean the real football – soccer)

  5. In the example when they tag someone out he first hits the base with the ball, then tags the runner. Wouldn't the tagger be unnecessary since he already took the base with the ball?

  6. Baseball is my best sport but, I hear people talking about cricket ? sorry no can do. Btw BASEBALL IS THE BEST SPORT

  7. Great explanation. I don't understand it 100% but the more games I watch, I'm sure the more I'll understand it. Thanks ⚾️️?

  8. Please tell how the scoring is done, and what is the work of other players standing on the bases

  9. The batter can only advance to first base if the catcher drops the ball on a third strike. On any wild pitch/passed ball, any runners on base can advance.

  10. division 1 fans: after years of studying i finally understand the game and is ready to root for a team
    division 2 fans: i dont really get it but its still fun to watch
    division 3 fans: im just here for the beer

  11. Sir How many bowl a pitcher will bowl ?
    How many over would be there ?
    If 3 man out it mean all out can these 3 bat in next round ?

  12. I am a total noob to this sport. I am a cricket fan so subconsciously keep comparing the rules here to cricket and that creates more confusion. So I have a few questions. if someone can clear them, that will be great.
    1) Does the batting side (offense?) deploy more than one batter on the field/base or is it just one batter at a time?
    2) From the looks of it, outs are more common in baseball compared to cricket. Can the batting order of batters change for different innings?
    3) Are the fielding positions fixed? I mean is there a general rule that says where exactly to field your fielders or is it customizable?
    4) If the pitchers are pitching at 100mph (160kmph), shouldn't the batters wear some protective gear in case the pitcher decides to throw the ball at the batter? Is that even allowed?
    5) Why are the fielders wearing gloves? For that matter, why is the pitcher wearing a glove too?
    6) Is the ground size standardized?

  13. Major League Baseball in London this weekend…I wonder if people will show up in decent numbers. It's not like the NFL which already has a niche market there, I'm guessing.

  14. Would be nice if there was a baseball for cricket fans video. Cricket fans would find it easier to learn if compared and contrasted with thar game.

  15. That was quite good, I can relate a lot of things in baseball with cricket so made it easier to understand. It's definitely a lot less complicated. I've tried to understand baseball before and couldn't wrap my head around it as I was being taught verbally, this video kinda helped me understand better with visuals. Good work!! Hopefull, I can get into baseball…certainly seems interesting so far.
    Also, I wanted to learn baseball because of sports anime….we all know anime makes everything whole lot more interesting ?

  16. to all the people in the comments that still don't understand the game, i'll make it even simpler:

    you hit the ball and run, or you don't hit the ball and don't run

  17. A fan of cricket myself. Got all the rules in one go. I'd like to play with someone someday. The boxes and bounds are a mess though. Makes it unnecessarily complicated imo.

  18. this videos does not explain what are roles of in field players and how many batters are batting , How those fielders need to retrieve the ball etc

  19. Well, we know cricket here. But was watching Diamond No Ace, and that got to me really search for the rules and basics cz it was getting slightly confusing. This one did help. Thanks man.

  20. Why do a starting pitcher only pitch every fifth game? Is it hard to pitch more than that? And why can't a good starting pitcher also be a reliever or a closer? I do not understand that…

  21. I'm here because I don't understand a think while watching Diamond no Ace for the second time. I only know the pitcher throws the ball to the catcher while the batter tries to prevent the ball going to the catcher's glove using the bat. 🙁

  22. Ground rule double – what do you mean by leaves the ball park? Does it mean if the ball bounces on the ground and lands into the crowd?

  23. Wow .. the game looks cool .. though I still have no idea how it works …
    Cricket and Football fan here.
    But I must say, a couple of rules similar to cricket here …

  24. To all new to Baseball: Most of the game is played between the pitcher, catcher, and the opposing batter. The pitcher's specific skill is to make the ball difficult to hit. Major league pitchers throw many different types of pitches that move suddenly as they arrive near the batter. Learning that make each game more interesting. There's a psychology that goes into which pitches to throw and in what order.

  25. Honestly I think the best way to understand baseball is to just watch it. If you keep watching, it will get easier to understand

  26. I was Just at Yankees Stadium Yesterday. Believe it or not two British guys were there just after a NYCFC game

  27. I just watched this to see if there’s a rule on if a ball his hit over the Fence then bounces back is it still a homer or is the ball still live ?

  28. What if an outfielder doesn’t catch the ball or a pitcher if the ball is low enough to catch while some other player is running bases what happens someone please someone explain

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