Learning Baseball

This playlist is aimed at teaching the rules of baseball to anyone new to the sport that would like to learn how to play. It starts by introducing the field itself, followed by the basic rules of the sport, which should allow you to follow along under most circumstances of a game. The rules used are those of Major League Baseball, although they are applicable at most levels of the game. If there is any confusion over something I describe let me know, but it’s always best to consult the official rule book.

Each topic below is linked to a specific video, the ‘text’ links are to articles I have written about the same topic which may be quicker if you are just skimming for something specific. The videos tend to go into more depth.

Background and Introduction to the Videos

The Field: Part I

The Field: Part II

The Field: Part III

The Field: Part IV

The Positions: Part IText

The Positions: Part II

Balls and Strikes: Part IText

Balls and Strikes: Part II

How do you Win?Text

Outs: Part IText

Outs: Part II


Automatic Baserunner

Other Ways to Get On Base

Force outs: Part I

Force Outs: Part II

The Infield Fly Rule

Example Inning One: Part I

Example Inning One: Part II

Becoming a base runner after striking out

Stealing a Base: Part IText

Stealing a Base: Part II

Errors: Part IText

Errors: Part II (Common misconceptions)

Wild pitches and passed ballsText

Winning pitcherText

Losing pitcher


Runs allowed and Earned runs: Part I

Runs allowed and Earned runs: Part II

Earned Run Average (ERA)Text

Batting AverageText

Sacrifice FlyText

A sac fly with no outs?

Sacrifice Bunts: Part IText

Sacrifice Bunts: Part II

Sacrifice Bunts: Rare situation

Runs Batted In: Part I

Runs Batted In: Part II

What is Not an RBI?

Batting out of Order: Part IText

Batting out of Order: Part II

Putouts: GeneralText

Putouts: Catcher

Putouts: Other – Part I

Putouts: Other – Part II


Not Assists

Left on Base and Scoring Position

Fielding PercentageText

Fielder’s Choice

Pitch Type and Giving Signs

Outs (Illegal Batter Actions)

Two Runners on the Same BaseText

Passing Another BaserunnerText

Uncommon Outs: Part I

Uncommon Outs: Part II

The Intentional Dropped Fly Ball Rule


Double Switch

Running Out of the BaselineText

Less Common Runner Outs: Part I

Less Common Runner Outs: Part II

Why Would Anyone Run the Bases Backwards?

Appeals: Part I

Appeals: Part II

Fourth Out

Other Runners During Appeal Plays

Player and Fan Interference

Pitching Delivery: Part I

Pitching Delivery: Part II

Pitching Delivery: Throwing to a Base

Coaching Visits to the MoundText

A Pitch Clock?

Balks: Part I

Balks: Part II

Runner and Batter Interference: Part I

Runner and Batter Interference: Part II

Difference Between Caught Stealing and Picked off

Which Fielder Gets the Error When There is a Collision?

How to Prove a Box Score

Is a Runner Out if Touched While Running the Bases?

When You CAN Assume the Double Play


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