Published on September 3rd, 2013 | by Joe Starks0
Exercise Spotlight: Baseball
It has been called the national pastime of the United States because of its immense popularity since 1860 when the game was born in its modern state. Of course like all of these sports there were many games quite like it before the modern rules were set to stone. The game that baseball evolved from was played mostly in England and was then called rounders or townball. Many tried during the 19th century to create a modern version of the game, but the version that finally became true baseball was created by a man called Alexander Cartwright. The first recorded game of official baseball was played in 1845 and from that day the popularity of the sport was immense. Today Basketball has surpassed baseball’s popularity in the American heart, but baseball still remains loved by many.
How is baseball played?
Baseball is played by two opposing teams, each nine people strong. There are coaches and Umpires watching and determining that the game is played correctly. The objective of the game is to score more “runs” than the opponent team. Baseball is not restricted by a set time, in the contrary the game is comprised by a certain amount of “innings”. Most professional games are two sets of nine innings long.
The whole idea of the game revolves of course around the man holding the bat, the batter, and the man throwing the ball at him, the pitcher. The pitcher usually tries to throw the ball in such a way that the batter doesn’t get it and a man behind the batter catches it instead, this third player is called the catcher. The batter tries to hit the ball and get it “into play”, which means it has to land in the field behind the pitcher. The team of the batter tries to score a run when a ball gets into play, while the team of the pitcher tries to stop that team from doing that run and get the ball “out”. If a team manages to do three “outs” then the team’s roles switch around.
What are the benefits of playing baseball?
For some, baseball might seem like an overly complicated game, while other might consider it a bit old fashioned, but the truth is that baseball is extremely exciting and fun as a sport and it has rightly thrilled so many people in the past.
Some of the good things about baseball are:
- It can be played by any age and most body types of people. You can be short, fat, tall or skinny, young or old, it does not matter in baseball. The game is not extremely taxing or very high impact. It can be a great pastime for kids and the elderly alike.
- It is a very strong team play sport. People are certain to form bonds with their teammates, which is of course socially pleasant for people from all walks of life and all ages. Especially for kids who need to know about cooperation and elderly who might suffer from loneliness, baseball can be a psychological pleasure as well as a physical one.
- Each game is different. No two players bat the ball the same way, nor are there similar pitchers. Every person you play against or with will add his or her personality to the game and make it a chaotic joy. For people who can’t stand the boredom of a gym, baseball is certainly something to try.
- It trains the whole body. All players play all positions, this means that your get to bat, catch, pitch and run. Your whole body is trained during a game and you actually train your brains too to have better coordination.
Downsides of baseball
There aren’t many downsides to baseball, since it is an all-ages medium impact sport. One significant thing to keep in mind is that a helmet should ALWAYS be worn when playing the game and people who watch need to sit in a safe distance from the court. Balls batted strongly can cause severe injury if people aren’t protected. Don’t leave little children playing close to an active baseball game. If the players wear helmets and the viewers keep their distance, there is little to fear.
All in all baseball is an excellent sport for everyone and is surely worth a try if you like the idea of swinging a hickory bat and running around on lush green fields from base to base.