How to Create My Own Baseball Scoreboard

Written by aaron gingold
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All baseball stadiums have scoreboards; even little league diamonds tend to have electronic or manual ones. Today, even you at home can have a scoreboard for your backyard, rec league field or son's or daughter's youth league park. Keeping score of a baseball game on a scoreboard allows players and fans to know exactly what is going on in the game. It can also be a learning experience for younger players and beginner fans. A manual scoreboard can be created with tools and supplies from your local lumberyard or hardware store.

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Things you need

  • 3-by-8-foot piece of 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Box of large nails
  • Hammer
  • Ball of twine/rope
  • Printer paper
  • Permanent marker/can of white paint

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  1. 1

    Draw a straight line, with your marker or paintbrush, dividing your large piece of plywood into two equal halves. The line should be drawn so as to create two rows that are 8 feet long and 1½ feet wide.

  2. 2

    Separate your rows into 11 equal columns by painting vertical lines from the top to the bottom of the scoreboard. This will create a grid with two rows and 22 equal boxes. The first boxes in each row will be for team names, while the rest of the squares will be used for scoring.

  3. 3

    Hammer a nail into the top centre of each box in each row and column. These nails will be used to hang the names of the teams and the score they get in each inning, including the final score.

  4. 4

    Draw the numbers 0 through 9 on 200 sheets of printer paper. Equal numbers of each number should be drawn.

  5. 5

    Attach a piece of rope from each top corner of your numbered paper. The numbers will hang by your rope to designate each team's score for that inning and the final score for the game.

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