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How to Play Home Run Derby

Home Run Derby is a classic game that can be played in many different locations with all kinds of different objects. Here are some basic rules and tips.


  • Step 1: Gather equipment Gather your baseball equipment. Make sure you have a bucket of baseballs, a bat, and a glove.
  • Step 2: Find a location Find a baseball diamond or a large open field to play in. Designate a distance for home runs and mark it on the field.
  • TIP: You can use extra equipment, sticks, rocks, or trash cans to mark the home run boundary.
  • Step 3: Set up home plate and a pitching net Place a marker to represent home plate and set up your pitching net a comfortable distance behind it.
  • Step 4: Set up the rules Determine the number of outs each batter is allowed before their turn ends. Typically, batters are allowed 10 outs.
  • TIP: Usually the batter is allowed to take as many pitches without swinging as they want, but you may want to set up a limit to move the game along.
  • Step 5: Use a round system Allow two "at bats" for each batter, and the two batters with the most home runs battle in one final round.
  • FACT: Ross Barnes of Spalding’s Chicago Team, which later became the Cubs, is credited with hitting the first home run in an organized major league game in 1876.

You Will Need

  • Bucket of balls
  • Bat
  • Open field
  • Distance marker
  • Pitching net
  • Glove
  • At least 2 players
  • Extra equipment
  • sticks
  • rocks
  • or trash cans (optional)

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