Thursday, July 5, 2012

Running Bases Game

Running Bases is a great classic game that I played frequently as a child and my children play now.  Here is how you play:

Preparation:  Head outdoors and find two trees at least 40 feet apart.  If trees are not available, put out two bases or cones.  Grab a ball to toss, something that won't hurt if someone gets hit by it.  

Players:  You need at least 4 players for Running Bases.  Assign two players to be the catchers.  They each stand at a different base.  All of the other players pick a base to start out at.  This game is best suitable for ages 5+ years old.  

How to Play:  On "GO", the catchers toss the ball back and forth to each other.  The players must run to the opposite base.  If the catchers throw the ball back and forth three times all the players have to run to the opposite base therefore running players can not stay at one base for too long.  The object is to get to the opposite base without getting tagged by the ball. 

If you are tagged by the ball you become a catcher.  You can set the rules in the beginning of the game whether you can actually hit runners with the soft ball or whether the catcher has to touch you with the ball.  

So head outdoors this weekend, to play outdoors the classic game of Running Bases.


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  2. Busted my tooth playing this game, sliding face first into a huge slate stone slab we were using as Base number one. Life was fun as a kid in the 1970s.

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  4. I played differently in the streets of Cleveland as a boy. We used either the ball gloves of the runners, a sewer cover or drew chalk bases. The runners had up to 10 throws, which we counted out loud, to steal a base. The fielders had to throw from behind the bases. We used a good rubber ball, which stung I'd you were hit. If the ball were overthrown or skittered away, it could bounce quite a way down the street, and the runners would count the bases aloud for the fielders to hear. Each runner got 3 outs. It was no surprise that I became a good baserunner, fielder and pitcher as I grew up, as many hours as I spent on those summer afternoons!

    1. Now that you say the 10 throws rule I vaguely remember that. And yes, we called being tagged by the ball PEGGING and you could PEG in running bases and it hurt!

  5. Oh, and you had to be tagged by the ball, as in real baseball.

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