Rounders offers a good opportunity to get outside into the fresh air and sunshine. It's good exercise and can improve fitness.

There's also a good social scene and playing rounders can be a great way to make friends.

Rounders is based on skill rather than endurance and doesn't require a lot of running.

What's the aim of the game?

The rules of rounders are similar to those of softball and baseball. A ball is thrown by a pitcher to a batter. After the batter hits the ball, he or she runs in a circle, passing a series of markers on the way.

Fielders try to catch or collect the ball while the batter runs. The batter is out if the ball is caught before it hits the ground or if the ball is fielded before the batter reaches a marker.

Download simplified rounders rules (PDF, 183kb) from Rounders England.

Training tips for rounders

To help train for rounders, choose activities that will develop your basic running, batting, bowling and fielding.

You can carry out many exercises using the basic game equipment. An example of a training exercise could be hitting the ball with the bat and aiming at a target on a wall. The closer you hit the ball to the centre of the target, the more points you score.

Getting started in rounders

There are many ways to get started in rounders. Use the Rounders England website to find a rounders club near you, or start your own team.

You can also become a member of Rounders England, which will give you benefits such as insurance and newsletters.

What equipment do I need?

To play rounders, you need four bases, four posts, a rounders bat and a rounders ball.

How popular is rounders in Britain?

Rounders may bring back distant memories of sunny afternoons in the park or the school yard cheering on fellow team mates, but it's not just for school kids. More than 16,000 adults regularly play the game in England.

Advice on getting into competitive rounders

Rounders England organises a number of competitive events over the season (April to September) for rounders clubs to enter. Members of rounders clubs can also try out for the England squads.