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How To Be A Scorekeeper: Part 1

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Congratulations, you have volunteered to keep score for your team. Whether you realize it or not, you will play a critical role for the team and be the “go to person” for the game’s information.  Coaches, umpires, and parents will be asking you for the score, the inning, pitch count, who made the last out, the batting order, quantity of outs, etc.

Note from Coach Corral: I value my scorekeepers a great deal. In the heat of battle when the game is moving fast, it helps to be able to confirm the number of outs, ball and strike counts, what available substitutes they have left and hitter tendencies based on their last at-bats.


The only qualification for scorekeeping is an interest in baseball. If you are new to baseball, a basic knowledge of baseball (strikes, walks, hits, etc.) will help.
If you have a penchant for numbers and statistics, that’s a plus for understanding the statistical information scorekeeping provides. Statistics show a variety of player information such as batting and earned run averages. These are used by coaches, scouts, and baseball aficionados.

What is Scorekeeping?

Scorekeeping is essentially a shorthand method used to record the details of a baseball game. However, scorekeeping goes beyond innings, outs, and score. Its main purpose is to keep the official record of a game. It’s also used by coaches to make adjustments in the line-up, positions, or pitching rotation. Most statistics in baseball are based on the scorebook and certain statistics are also dictated by the objectivity of the scorekeepers themselves.

Where do the scorekeepers sit?

Scorekeepers should sit somewhere between the umpire and team dugout. If you are the home team scorekeeper, the umpire will need to know who you are for noting changes in the line-up and at times, confirming pitch counts or innings. You should also be readily available to your coach for any questions during the game. 

How much attention do scorekeepers need to give?

During the game, you need to stay focused on the game. Many people rely on the information scorekeepers provide, so accuracy is important.  If you are chatting with friends and a critical play is missed, you will look foolish for having to ask someone what just happened.  Many coaches keep mental notes of the plays. If your information is consistently different from theirs, they will find someone else to keep score.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:48 )