Rounders is a sport that originated in the counties of England and Ireland. The game of rounders is regulated by the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland and the National Rounders Association in the United Kingdom. Both of these organizations have different, although fairly similar game-play and culture. Rounders competitions are held between teams from both traditions with games alternating between versions, often with one version of rounders being played in the morning and the other version of rounders being played in the afternoon. Game play centers on innings where teams alternate between the players being batters and fielders. A maximum of nine players are allowed to play on the field at one time. Points or rounders are scored by the batting team when they complete a circuit around the field through four bases or posts or posts without being tagged out. Based on the rules of rounders it is clear that both the English and Irish game of rounders and the American game of baseball are quite similar.
Although it is generally considered a school game, rounders is played at an international level. Currently teams from Canada, England, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales compete against each other. However, in the not so distant future there will be the creation of a Pakistan Rounders Association. There are plans to develop the game in other Asian countries and it is understood that Zimbabwe also has a national council responsible for rounders. In addition, in 2008 the Rounders World Cup will take place in Sheffield England. It is possible that the Rounders World Cup will take place in Ireland in 2009. Someday rounders and baseball may be played in Ireland. If that happens then, people will think of rounders and Saint Patrick’s Day when they hear the word ‘Irish’.