What is it?
Stoolball is similar in concept to Twenty20 cricket, but it’s easier to play and doesn’t need all the expensive protective gear. Matches typically last around 15 overs, and each over is eight balls. Bowling is underarm, using a similar ball to rounders. The bats are willow with a round face and a long sprung handle. Just like cricket. Batsmen score by running between the two wickets or hitting the ball for four or six. They can be bowled, caught or run-out, or even body-before-wicket.
Why is it good for me?
Playing stoolball is a great way to spend a summer’s evening or a sunny Sunday, often in a picturesque village setting. Among its benefits are:
• Getting outside in the fresh air
• Improved general fitness
• Improved hand to eye coordination
• Making new friends
How much does it cost?
Typically it will cost between £1-3 per match, but many clubs offer an annual membership which works out even cheaper. You can often play all day at a Sunday tournament for just £1.
What equipment do I need?
To take part you will be able to play wearing typical sports kit such as a t-shirt or sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms or shorts.
The club will typically provide the equipment needed for a match including:
• Two wickets
• Two bats
• A stoolball
• Something to mark a boundary and bowling creases
• Some players prefer to buy their own bat.