The elemental tools used in playing baseball include the glove, ball, and bat. It is a process of throwing, striking, and catching a ball. It may sound so simple to execute these tasks, but they are significantly challenging. Interestingly, the players at the Fire Festival are just interested in these challenges. The facility is one of the largest sports center in the Nottingham Rock City, which is the home of sorts of games. Apart from the baseball game itself, there are also membership plans for the interested guests. Whether you are an experienced player or a newbie, the registration is currently open for all.
As a guest in the Fire Festival Baseball Club, it is important to understand about the membership stand. The stand incorporates many things for the guests to learn including the basics and the tools required to play the game. The club has a well-managed baseball league, with two types of members; the regular members and player members.
At the moment, they are more interested in the regular membership because these are the rightfully allowed persons to vote during the annual meeting or any other membership meeting. The regular members include the managers, board members, coaches, officers of the board, volunteer umpires, and maintenance workers among others. However, not all the guests in the baseball league are defined as members. For one to become one of the Fire Festival Baseball league members, the visitors are advised to participate in the payment of annual dues.
The membership stand’s secretary is the person responsible for registering new members and keeping the list properly. With the regular membership program, the usual registration fee is not catering for the regular membership’s dues. For your information, the league may not look for more regular members during the ongoing registration process because not all people will stay until the end of the festival celebrations. The annual dues are $5 per head but all guests need to know that the dues must be paid before the annual meeting. Failure to pay at the stipulated time, a guest may be excluded from the participants’ rolls.
Baseball Basics and Baseball Equipment
A baseball game is independent of time, unlike the other types of sports. The game is played over a time of innings that is broken into halves. College and professional games are played for nine innings. The first half involves batting, and the competing team makes attempts to score a few points that are usually referred to as runs. On the other hand, the home team will be employing their best defensive attacks against their opponents.
The main objective of the defenders is to oust their opponent in a number of ways. When the offensive team is ousted three times, they switch – the offensive team now becomes the defender while the defensive team becomes the offensive counterpart. Every player is given a chance to bat by their respective batting team. The driving aspect of the game is achieved through two players; the batter and the pitcher. Both combatants move the action of a baseball game. Holding the bat while facing the pitcher, the batter should position on either side of the base which is known as ‘the plate’. On the other hand, the pitcher’s position is usually at a raised hill, usually 60ft 6″ from the plate, which is known as the pitcher’s mound.
To keep the game going on, the pitcher is expected to throw a ball past the batter towards the catcher or allow the batter to strike the ball to keep it in motion. As the ball is in motion, the other fielders will attempt to throw or catch it. The batter’s target is putting the ball in motion in order to deny the fielders (8 fielders) catching or throwing it to another fielder to score a run.
Apart from learning the baseball basics at the stand, they will also need to understand the basic equipment available in the facility.
All balls of baseball at the Firefest are manufactured specifically for professional games. A ball is made of a rubber or cork wrapped with a yarn, and then tightly stitched using horsehide or cowhide. A typical baseball has a circumference of 9″ and weighs approximately 149 grams.
A bat is a wooden rod that is designed for hitting the ball by a baseball player. Its thickest part, the barrel, is usually 2.75″ or approximately 7cm in diameter. The length is about 107cm or 42″. Softball bats are a bit different and you can read more on baseballrace.com
The Batting Helmet
A batting helmet is basically for protection against the ball in case it lands on the player’s head accidentally. A pitcher may throw the ball at a very fast speed, which the batter may miss. If this ball hits a helmet-free head, it can lead to serious injuries.
Batters wear gloves to prevent injuries on hands. The most common injuries include blisters or injuries when sliding on the ground.
A catcher should wear protective gear including a helmet, chest protector, padded gloves, shin guards, and goalie’s mask.