We play most of our matches using the rules of base ball as of 1861. The differences from the modern game include:

Equipment and Field

  • No gloves!
  • Ball has a diameter 1/4″ bigger and different stitching than today’s baseball
  • Pitching mound is 45 feet from home plate
  • Umps primary job is calling hit balls fair or foul, calling strikes, tracking the score
  • If a play is disputed as to wether a player was out or not, only then will the ump offer his opinion to settle it


  • Ball is pitched underhand, must be released at the waist or below, speed is up to the pitcher
  • A ball thrown between batters shoulders and 6″ off the ground and within reach with the bat is considered a good pitch for the batter to swing at
  • Batter is warned once for not swinging at a good pitch before ump starts calling strikes
  • No walks
  • Foul balls are not strikes
  • Base runner who runs on a ball that goes foul can be put out if the ball gets back to the base before the base runner but the ball must be either relayed via the pitcher or the pitcher can touch the base while having the ball himself
  • A hit ball is fair once it hits in fair territory, doesn’t need to stay fair past 1st or 3rd base to stay fair
  • No overrunning first base on a hit or you can be tagged out
  • Catching the ball on one bounce is an out – this includes foul tips that are caught by the catcher on one bounce and muffed fly catches that only bounce once before being caught
  • A base runner who sees that the ball isn’t going to be caught before bouncing doesn’t have to wait before running (no tagging up on bounce outs)
  • Baserunner can take a gentleman’s two step lead off the base
  • Baserunner must wait for the pitch to be released before running
  • The first batter at the start of an inning is the batter following the last player put out in the previous inning (not the player who follows the last batter from the previous inning)

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