Using the scoresheets: A Tutorial
Since every team is going to be responsible for recording their games on the scoresheets, and since I have to gather the numbers and do the stats FROM said scoresheets, you might as well know how to do it right and make my life easier, as well as providing enrichment to your own lives... let's move on!

Chapter 1: Hits
Just write in 1B, 2B, 3B, or HR for Singles, Doubles, Triples and Homers, respectively.  RBI's and RUNS, if applicable, are covered in the next chapter. Easy, right?  Easy, right? Ready to go to chapter 2?!?












Chapter 2: Runs & Ribbies
You needn't pay attention to the fact that these example just happen to show "hits".  As we know, runs can score on anything, a hit, an out, an error, and RBI's happen the same way.  All you need to do here is write in the number of RBI's in the appropraite space, and runs (can only be "1") in the appropriate space. What is and is not an RBI will be spelled out in a later chapter.

Pinch/subsitute baserunner scoring: If a runner scores as a substitute or pinch runner, the original baserunner gets credited with the run, NOT the subsitute.


Chapter 3: Pitching
Alot of scoring begins and ends with what happens on the mound.  Walks and strikeouts are easy to mark. A strikeout is always marked as a "K", and a walk as "BB" (base on balls).  The space just under the diamond is used to record the pitcher's name, that way we know who threw the strikeout and who threw the walk.  Also, on the strikeout, in the upper right corner, we note how many outs there are in the in the inning.  In the example, the K was the inning's 2nd out. REMEMBER:  It's very important to write in a name at the bottom, or else we won't have accurate pitching stats.

Relief Pitchers: Any time a new pitcher comes into the game, it is very important to note the change on the scorecard.  To do this, simply mark a dark line on the left boarder of the plate appearance during which the relief pitcher enters the game and mark a circled "NP" in the upper left corner to denote the change.  Score the rest of the play as you normally would.


Chapter 4: Fielding
The majority of the outs happen in the field, at which point alot can happen.  Here are the basics to recording the action in the field. To make things simple, defensive outs are marked as an "O", regardless of fly ball, ground ball, or line drive, and regardless of WHO caught the ball. We use the line below the diamond to record who caught the ball for the out, so we can keep defensive stats. Again, we mark the number of outs in the inning.  Errors are similar. We put an "E" and then we mark who made the error in the space below.  No need to mark the base, as is done for hits. REMEMBER:  It's very important to write in a name at the bottom, or else we won;t have accurate fielding stats.


Chapter 5: Other situations
5a:  Outs on the bases
In wiffleball, this happens alot.  Often times a runner gets hit with the ball or tagged out while running the bases. Scoring for this is the same, even if the result of the out ends up being a double play. Making this as simple as possible is the goal. Again, disregard HOW the runner got on base in this example.  First, we mark an "X" to show WHERE on the basepaths our runner was tagged out. In this case, he was on his way to third, and was the third out.  Again, we mark the name of the fielder who tagged/hit the runner for the out.

5b:  Sacrifice Fly
This is actually pretty easy.  SAC flies are ONLY when a runner tags from third base on a fly ball and scores.  NOT from second or first.  We mark it as "SAC" (not an "O") so that the batter does not get penalized for it int he stats. A sac fly does not count as an AB, whereas an "O" does.  Again, we mark the name of the fielder who caught the ball, and be sure to give the batter the RBI for drving in the run.

5c:  Throwing errors
These are not marked, nor do they count as an "E". Throwing errors CAN, however be a determining factor in what is and is not an RBI. Example (at right):  George on 1st base with one out, Phil hits a ground ball to Steve the pitcher, fields cleanly to get batter for the second out, turns around, throws ball at George heading to 2nd to try for double play, throw misses runner and goes into center, George scores on the play. In this case, the throwing error is not marked, though George is credited with a run.  Phil does NOT get credit for an RBI here, because the out did not drive him in.

Chapter 6: End of the inning
Always mark the third out with a small, BOLD line through the bottom right corner of the box.  When marking the next inning's scores, DO NOT start it in the next column, as is done in baseball scoring.  Instead, keeps the columns continuous so that there are no gaps!!  See:

Chapter 7: What is/is not an RBI
7a:  Not an RBI
Runs score on any errors and there are 2 outs.
The logic here is that had the person made the third out, it's the end of the inning and the runs don't score.

Runs score on any errors where they would NOT have scored if it were an out.
Example 1: Runner on third, one out.  A fly ball to the pitcher is dropped, enabling the runner to score.  No RBI, because had the pitcher caught it, the runner would not have scored. 
Example 2: Runners on second and third, nobody out. A ground ball to the right fielder is bobbled for an error, both baserunners score. Hitter is credited with 1 RBI (not 2), because the runner would have scored from third even if the play had resulted in an out.  Since there is no guarantee the runner from second would have scored had the out been made, there is no RBI for that run.

7b: Is an RBI
A throwing error between third and home.
If a runner is past third and heading for home and a throw or tag misses the runner, it's just like a play at the plate that didn't work out. The hitter gets the RBI for this unless it's overruled by one of the "not an RBI" situation listed above.

Bases-loaded walk.
It's an RBI in baseball (albeit a cheap one), and it's an RBI in wiffle ball.



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