A rounders pitch should be laid out as shown in the diagram below, although the pitch dimensions can be changed if you only have a smaller area available.
- The batters square should be 2m x 2m and the bowlers square 2.5m x 2.5m with the front line of the bowlers square 7.5m from the front of the batters square.
- 1st Base should be level with the bowlers square and 12m from the front corner of the batters square.
- 2nd Base is opposite the batters square: 17m away from the front line and 12m away from 1st Base.
- 3rd Base is opposite 1st Base and 12m away from 2nd Base.
- 4th Base is level with the front of the batters square and 8.5m away from 3rd Base.
- A Back stop line should be 1m behind the back of the batters square.
- Any batters that are waiting their turn to bat should stand at least 8m behind and 15m to the left the batting square for safety, with batters who are out, standing the same distance behind the batter to the right of the batting square.
Of course, if you're playing at home you might not have 50m to spare! You can create a smaller pitch for family Rounders games in the garden. The marking plan is simply a guide to setting up a rounders field.
A smaller pitch can be created and adapted to fit in the space required. Family games may mean that you want to reduce the pitch size slightly to give all players an equal chance.