How to Play

Rules of Baseball  
OF
Outfielders
IF
Infielders
HB
Home Base
B1
Base 1
B2
Base 2
B3
Base 3

The Basics

Similar to cricket, baseball is a competition between a pitcher (bowler) and batter (batsman). The pitcher needs to get the batter out while the batter needs to score runs. The team that scores more runs wins.

  • Each team has 9 players

  • Each team plays a minimum of 9 innings each. If the scores are level after 9 innings, extra innings are played till a winner is decided

  • The number of outs (wickets) in each innings are 3 per team

Understanding Batting

  • If a batter hits the ball in play (ahead of the foul line), he HAS to run towards first base. A new batter will come up to home plate after him

  • A run is scored every time someone from the batting team crosses the ‘home plate’. This can happen only after the player crosses 1st, 2nd and 3rd base successfully.

  • Upto 4 players (1 batter + 3 runners) from the batting team can be on the pitch (on each base). This is known as ‘bases loaded’.

  • If the batter hits the ball out of the ground, it is called a Home Run. The batting team scores runs based on the number of players they have on the field. For example, if they have 4 players, they will score 4 runs.

  • Another strategy unique to baseball is called base stealing. Base stealing mostly occurs when a runner advances to the next base while the pitcher is pitching the ball

Understanding Pitching

There are three ways to get batters out

  • Strike out - This is when the pitcher lands the ball in the strike zone and the batter misses three times in a row. If the batter swings and misses, it is also considered a strike no matter where the ball is. If the batter hits the ball behind the foul line, it is considered a strike EXCEPT on the 3rd strike, in which case he will get another hit.

  • Caught out - Exactly like cricket, a batter is caught out when any player from the pitching team catches the ball without bouncing after the batter hits it

  • Force out/Tag out (similar to run out) - A batter or runner is forced out or tagged out while advancing bases. The opposition is able to get him out by throwing the ball to a fielder at the upcoming base or if he is ‘tagged’ by the member of the opposing team while attempting to reach the next base. It is possible to get two or three outs as well (referred to as a double-play and a triple-play)

'Pitch Vs Ball' And Walking

It is important to understand the terminology of baseball. A legitimate delivery is called a ‘pitch’ while an illegal delivery is called a ‘ball’. A ball refers to any delivery that lands outside the strike zone AND the batter does attempt to play it. Delivering 4 ‘balls’ to the same batter results in a ‘walk’ - which means the batter advances to 1st base freely. If a pitcher hits the batter’s body even once, the batter straightaway gets a walk.

Advanced rules  
  • All 9 players MUST bat in the same order as the team sheet. After all 9 players have had their turn, the 1st batter comes back to the plate. Each player typically bats 3 to 5 times in a game.

  • Most teams have a starting pitcher who pitches for a majority of the game and can be replaced by one or more relief pitchers for the rest of the game. Pitchers usually play every 4th or 5th game, and need to rest in between games. So it’s very rare that a pitcher will play 2 games in a row.

How do I create my team?  

You have to pick 9 players (with a C & VC)

You must have:

  • 1 Pitcher

  • 1 Catcher

  • 2 to 5 infielders

  • 2 to 5 outfielders

You can pick a maximum of 6 players from a single team

Fantasy Points System  

Here’s how your team earns points

Batting

Event
Points
Single (1B)
Batter reaches first base
4
Double (2B)
Batter reaches second base
6
Triple (3B)
Batter reaches third base
10
Home Run (HR)
Batter hits it out of the park or reaches back to home base
12
Runs Batted In (RBI)
Batter on strike caused one or more runs to be scored
3
Run Scored (R)
Player crosses home base to score a run.
3
Base on Balls (BBH) or Walk
A walk (or base on balls) occurs when a pitcher throws 4 'balls' or illegal deliveries to the same batter
4
Stolen Base (SB)
Runner advances to next base while pitcher is pitching
8

Pitching

Event
Points
Inning Pitched (IP)
The pitcher gets 3 batters outs. The pitcher gets 1 point per out.
3
Strikeout (SO)
The pitcher throws three strikes to get a batter out
2
Earned Run (ER)
Run conceded by the pitcher
-3
Hit Allowed (H)
When a batter reaches 1st, 2nd or 3rd base (or hits a home run)
-1
Base on Balls (BBP) or Walk
A walk occurs when a pitcher throws 4 'balls' or illegal deliveries to the same batter
-1
  • The player you choose to be your team’s Captain will receive 2 times the points for his/her performance

  • The player you choose to be your team’s Vice-captain will receive 1.5 times the points for his/her performance

  • There are no starting points

  • Fantasy points will be awarded for all event during the extra innings (after 9 innings are done for both sides)

  • Each batter will get points only for one of the following events - 1B, 2B, 3B or Home Run. A player will not score points for completing bases (1B to 2B, 2B to 3B, etc.) if he’s not the batter on strike

  • Runs Batted In (RBI): When a Run is scored, the batter who was ‘at base’ (i.e. on strike), whose action caused the run to be scored, gets awarded an RBI. For example, a batter hits a double (2B) and has teammates are on 3rd base and 2nd base. In that play, if both his teammates reach home plate, his team gets 2 runs, while he gets awarded 2 RBIs. If he hits a home run (HR), then he and his teammates would reach home and the team gets 3 runs. The batter would get points for a HR, 3 RBI (2 for his teammate, and 1 for himself), and 1 Run.

  • Innings Pitched (IP): A pitcher is given 1/3rd an IP for each out he/she records. However, the way IP is displayed is a little different. For the first out, it is shown as 0.1 (which means 1/3), the 2nd is shown as 0.2 (which means 2/3) and the 3rd is shown as 1.0. In terms of fantasy points, 0.1 IP = 1 pt, 0.2 IP = 2pts, 1.0 IP = 3 pt, 1.1 IP = 4 pts, etc.

  • If a batter scores a home run, the pitcher gets points for Earned Run (ER) + Hit Allowed (H). For example, if there is only one batter on the field and he scores a home run, the pitcher will get -4 points. (-3 for Earned Run and -1 for Hit Allowed)

  • If a pitcher gets a strikeout, he will get a total of 3 points (2 for the strikeout + 1 for the out)

  • In case a player is transferred/reassigned to a different team between two scheduled updates, for any reason whatsoever, such transfer/reassignment (by whatever name called) shall not be reflected in the roster of players until the next scheduled update. It is clarified that during the intervening period of two scheduled updates, while such player will be available for selection in the team to which the player originally belong, no points will be attributable to such player during the course of such contest.

  • Data is provided by reliable sources and once the points have been marked as completed i.e. winners have been declared, no further adjustments will be made. Points awarded live in-game are subject to change as long as the status is 'In progress' or 'Waiting for review'.

  • Winners will be declared for matches where there is a result. A match usually has a result when a minimum of 5 innings are played by each side.

  • If a player is announced in starting lineup, but is replaced by another player before the match starts, the player who comes in as a replacement will get points for that match.

  • Hit By Pitch (HBP): There are no fantasy points for a Hit By Pitch (when a pitch hits the batter's body). The batter is given a walk to first base, but no points are awarded to either the batter or the pitcher