Each baseball game
has nine innings, with three "outs" per side in
each inning. Three strikes equal an out and four "balls" (pitches
outside the strike zone that are not swung at by the batter)
result in a walk. Teams score a run when a batter safely
reaches all four bases.
One notable change to the traditional baseball
rules is that the game ends if the home team
leads by 10 or more runs after six-and-a-half
innings or if the visitors lead by the same
margin after seven innings.
In what might be referred to quite literally as a World Series,
qualifying baseball teams from around the globe battle
each other in a round-robin style competition. The top
four teams advance to the semifinals. Of these four teams,
the top two compete for the gold and silver medals. The
other two teams play for the bronze.
and Fast Facts
- Stay on base with the International
- Check out who's who in the Baseball
Hall of Fame and learn more about the
history of America's favorite pastime.
- Do you know where the "strike zone" is? Baseball
for Beginners explains a bunch of baseball-specific
terms and can tell you exactly how the
game is played.
- The Athens
2004 site, the official site of the
Games, delivers extensive information on
the rules, history, and news of Olympic
baseball. Got questions? Click on their baseball
- Hey kids! Check out baseball basics and
tips from the pros to improve your game on ABC
- For a sneak peek at the baseball venue,
check out Athens 2004 site for information
on the Olympic Baseball Centre, part of the Helliniko
- For more information on competitive amateur
baseball around the world, take a look at
- The USOC
Baseball site keeps you up-to-date
with the rules.
- Tag up at USA
Baseball for what
happened to the USA Team.
- For complete information about playing,
coaching, and watching baseball, visit EdGate's School
Athletics Center: Baseball page.
General Sports Links
Olympians will compete in dozens of sports this summer. Even though Gateway
to the Summer Games can't feature them all, you can learn about each and
every one by visiting the sites listed below.