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Rules of Cricket for Kids

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Philip Foster has been writing professionally since 2010. His work has been featured in the literary-arts magazine "The PEEL" and the weekly newspaper "The Mountain Xpress." Foster is an expert in various extreme sports. He cooked in a restaurant that offered organic and vegetarian cuisine for over three years. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University.
Rules of Cricket for Kids
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The exact origins of the sport of cricket remain unknown. Cricket continues to be a popular competitive sport across the globe, and it's especially popular in Australia and England. Players of all ages can enjoy the high-energy sport of cricket. The cricket rules for kids include the fundamental regulations regarding batting and fielding.

The Game

According to the Kid's Cricket League rules, the standard size of a cricket team is often 11 players. Teams can also have a 12th team member to act as a substitute for a player who gets injured during the course of the game. Much like the sport of baseball, officials known as umpires are responsible for overseeing the cricket match. In kids cricket, a cricket game consists of two innings. Each inning has an approximate running time of one hour and 15 minutes, giving each team one opportunity to bowl, or bat.

Bowling and Pitching

Bowling, or batting, is the method that players use to score points for their team. Bowling takes place in pairs of team members. One player bats while his teammate runs. The batter must stand in front of the wicket, which consists of three vertical sticks. The pitcher tosses the ball toward the batter's wicket. If the batting player makes contact with the ball, his teammate must run to the opposing teams wicket and back again to score one point for his team. Kids play on a designated cricket field that features a bowling boundary that surrounds the cricket field. If the batter's hit rolls past the boundary, the player automatically scores four points for his team. It the ball passes the boundary while still airborne, the player automatically scores six points for his team. For kids games, the coach has to retire a batter at 30 runs to prevent some players from dominating the game, according to Kids Cricket League.


The pitcher has the opportunity of getting the bowler out before his teammate has the opportunity to run. The pitcher aims the ball toward the bowling player's wicket. A bowler who allows the ball to make contact with his wicket is out and must forfeit his batting opportunity. If the bowling player hits the ball into the air with the bat or any part of his body, the fielding players can try to catch the ball in the air to get the batter out. If the bowling player happens to knock over his wicket in an attempt to hit the ball, the player is out.

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