Rules of Cricket for Kids

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Cricket has been a common form of entertainment and sport in England and Australia for more than 100 years. Players score runs, similar to baseball, by hitting a ball onto a field. Two teams take turns fielding and batting. One team gets up to bat while a member of the opposing team bowls, or pitches to the batsman; the rest of the bowler's team fields. The official cricket rules apply to the kid's game.

Structure of the Game

Each team has 11 players and one reserve player in case one team member gets injured. The amount of innings can vary in cricket. Test cricket only has two innings, which means each team has two chances to bat and score runs. Innings in test cricket can last as long as necessary. Five days remains the maximum game length in test cricket. The bowler must get 10 batsmen out for the inning to change.

Scoring Runs

Scoring runs in cricket consists of hitting the ball and then running back and forth between the opposing wickets. The batsman has the opportunity to score as many runs as possible. The batsman scores one run for every time he makes it to the opposing wicket. Another way to score runs in cricket consists of hitting the ball past erected boundaries in the field. The batsman can score four runs by hitting the ball past the boundary after it bounces and six runs if the ball passes the boundary while still in the air. The fielding team has the opportunity to block the ball from making it past the boundaries. Bowling errors can also score runs for the batting team. Throwing a wild or wide pitch can score the batting team one run. If the pitch goes past the wicket and out of the fielding team's possession, the batsman can run and attempt to score. Hitting the batsman with the ball can also result in a run scored.

Getting Out

When the bowler strikes the batting team's wicket, the batsman receives an out. An out can occur when the fielding team catches the ball after it comes into contact with the batsman's bat or any other part of their body. The batsman receives an out when she knocks down the wicket. An out also occurs if the batsman handles the ball with the hand not touching the bat. If the batsman hits the ball twice or gets in the way of fielders, the batsman acquires an out. The referee can decide when an out has taken place.

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