You've got two friends in the backyard, so how do you throw together a game with just the three of you? Learn how to play a baseball game with just three people using these tips.
You will need
- 5 objects for bases and a pitching mound
- 3 baseball gloves
Step 1 Set up your diamond Set up four bases and a pitching mound in your backyard using anything like trees, Frisbees, sticks, trash can lids, or whatever else you can find to make bases.
Step 2 Set up boundaries Set up boundaries for foul balls and home runs.
Step 3 Establish the rules Establish the rules for your game by deciding how outs will be recorded and what pitches are allowed.
If you’re playing with a softer ball you can hit the player running to get them out and use different kinds of pitches. With a hard ball, stick with an average straight pitch and normal rules for outs.
Step 4 Play the game Place one player in the field, one player pitching, and one player hitting. The runs are tallied for each player, so it’s one-on-one-on-one baseball.
Step 5 Use ghost runners Use ghost runners if the hitter gets on base. If it’s a single, pretend there’s a runner on first base while the hitter goes back to hit. The ghost runner advances by a base for each base the hitter advances.
To get the ghost runner out on a force out play, you must tag the base the ghost runner is advancing toward before the hitter gets to first base.
Step 6 Rotate players Rotate players from pitcher to hitter, hitter to outfield, and outfield to pitcher an equal number of rounds so each player has a chance to hit the same number of times.
Normal baseball rules can apply, with three strikes, four balls, and three outs, or make up your own.
Step 7 Clean up when you're done Clean up the yard when you’re done so you don’t get in trouble, and so your equipment doesn’t get ruined or stolen. Have fun!
Did You Know:
The Louisville Slugger baseball bat was made in Louisville in 1884 by Andrew “Bud” Hillerich in a wood shop run by his father.