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Health and Safety in Rounders

The governance of Rounders England health and safety rules takes place from Sheffield. They are the non-profit sport's governing body (NGB) in the United Kingdom.

ROUNDERS SAFETY RULES: Rounders England is totally committed to safeguarding children and young players.

Umpires and officials in rounders hold a position of trust. Their role is likely to involve physical contact with young people.

Health and safety in rounders, and risk assessment regulations, pay special attention to child protection and equality.

As such, teachers and trainers should present a professional image at all times. Wearing appropriate dress and displaying punctual timekeeping is paramount.

All those involved should have regard for the best interests of the game. It would be unprofessional to circulate detrimental material of the governing body. That includes verbal and written comment such as published articles and on Internet forums.

There are some general rounders health and safety rules when playing or on duty. They govern the inappropriate behaviour of drinking alcohol or smoking. Rounders safety rules ban the use of recreational drugs by players or officials.

Inappropriate foul language or displaying unsporting conduct has no place in the game. Give clear warnings to players using abusive behaviour or inappropriate language. These are the principal roles and responsibilities of officials in rounders.

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Rounders England Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is an integral part of rounders health and safety rules. Before you allow play to begin, it is a duty of umpires and coaches to carry out a health and safety risk assessment for rounders games.

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Rounders Bat Rules

All rounder bats should have a secure grip which is suitable for playing. The surface of a round bat should be smooth and free from dirt. There should be no fragments on rounders bats which might cause hand splinters.

Rounders Ball Regulations

You can play rounders with a white ball or coloured balls. It is best to consider the playing conditions before choosing the rounders ball colour.

Rounders ball regulations govern the stitching. It should be flush to the outer covering and free from raised seams. All ball stitching should be uniform and tight. There should be no frayed edges.

The outer covering of rounders balls should be free from projections and tears. Keep the ball clean, dry, and free from dirty substances during play. Players need a firm grip on rounders bat and ball equipment.

Remember to slowly dry out and store the bats and balls in a safe dry place.

Rounders Ball Weight
Rounders England place weight limits on some equipment. A wet leather rounders ball could weigh heavier than rounders equipment rules and specifications allow.

Rounders Posts and Bases

Rounders posts must have a safety cap fitted and supported by a secure base. The base must be of a rubber-like substance. Do not fix rounders posts and bases into the ground.

Only use wooden posts when sheathed in a smooth plastic cover. There should be a minimum post swing of 50cm before the post returns to its correct upright position.

Rounders Kit UK

Even though most sports kit is acceptable, all rounders kit must be suitable for its purpose. Rounders England recommend wearing football boots or sports shoes and footwear like astro turf trainers in soggy wet weather.

The health and safety rules in rounders games prohibit wearing spiked footwear. That means you cannot wear shoes with running spikes.

England rounders games often take place in the cold winter months. Be sure to wear warm clothing during the cooler outdoor rounders season. A peaked cap and sunglasses will keep you more comfortable during the warmer summer months in the UK.

Rounders Players

As a rule, there should be at least 6 players in each team. Having six or more means that one player can position themselves next to a post (covering all four). Then you have a backstop and the bowler while the team fields the game.

Waiting batters must stand clear away from the 4th post. Fielders must not obstruct batters running around the pitch. This is a breach of rounders rules called obstruction and the penalty is a half a rounder.

Playing Rounders while Pregnant
Rounders England handles the management and training of the England Rounders Senior Squad. They do not recommend participation in the sport during pregnancy. It could be a potential risk to health and safety rules in rounders. The recommendation is to seek medical consent before participating whilst pregnant.

Rounders Umpire Health and Safety Rules

Role of Rounders Officials

Two Rounders Umpires

What are the two umpires called in rounders? As a rule, there are two different types of officials in rounders. The roles and responsibilities of rounders umpires also have differing duties in the game.

  1. Batsman's Umpire: They stand level with the batsman inside the batting square. Their position must allow them to see the 1st post without a need to turn their head.
  2. Bowler's Umpire: Their position should allow them to see all rounders rules' infringements. This is one of the most complex roles of officials of rounders.

Batsman Umpire Duties

The main job of a batsman's umpire is calling rounders and half-rounders. They should also announce any 'no balls' and state the score for both sides.

A batsman umpire decides whether the ball gets played as a backwards hit or not. They should also call in the next batter by announcing their name and number.

Bowler Umpire Duties

The bowler's umpire should call play at the start of each game. They have the added responsibility of calling the rounders no ball rule for a wide.

There is another duty for these rounders officials. They regulate whether a bowler puts his foot over the side or back lines of the bowling square. As a rule, their tasks can include giving decisions on runs to the 2nd and 3rd post.

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