Frequently Asked Questions
Yes you do, but don't let that put you off!
It's a third-party insurance issue, as well as helping to fund the
upkeep of the pitches.
Note that the rounders organising committee regularly
check whether players are rec-soc members. Offending teams can and do have
Do I need to be a rec-soc member to play rounders? Why?
The 2018 rate is £36 for annual membership or £15 for the summer.
How much does it cost to join the rec-soc?
How can I join the rec-soc?
- The proper name for the rec-soc is the
Harwell Laboratories Recreational Association (HLRA).
- You can find how to join the HLRA from the HLRA web site see
links for details.
- Basically you'll need to contact the HLRA Administrator. Email is currently the best method.
- Tel: 01235 831072
- Email: email@example.com
Where are the pitches?
They're (mostly) in the same field as the pavilion and numbered clockwise.
- pitch 1 is nearest the hedge
- pitch 2 is nearest the car park
- pitch 3 is the one nearest the main road
- pitch 4 is NOT on the same field as pitches 1-3. It can be found in the middle of the running track on the middle field on the other side of the pavilion. Pitch 4 is mainly as an 'overflow' to cope with matches rescheduled due to rain.
Look out for the Fixtures shown on this website and sent out to all team
captains. but make sure they're up
to date! Fixtures can change fairly shortly before an event due to
weather, etc. All captains will be emailed fixture changes.
When's our next match?
In a word, yes. I'll try to list the main differences when I have time.
Are Harwell rules different from NRA rules?
These are the rules that catch people out most frequently.
You really need to read the full list though (see link below).
Rules which are frequently asked about
If you can think of any more that should appear here, please tell me.
- You must run whether you hit the ball or not
- You can run (and score!) on a no-ball and you can't be caught out on a no-ball
- A team cannot have more than 10 players and cannot have more than 6 men
- Bowling must be underarm
- A player found batting out of order will be given out by an umpire
- All players are awarded a half-rounder for reaching 2nd base
- A team is awarded a half-rounder for every three no-balls bowled by the opposing team
- If a batter is overtaken by another, then the person overtaken is out
- If you hit the ball and its first bounce is behind the batting line, you cannot score
- You only need to pass a base to be allowed to continue to the next one, once the ball is dead. You do not have to reach the half-way mark.
See 2018 Rules for the complete rules.
Please try to find the time to read these. If you're umpiring then
you definitely need to read the rules.
You can also download a copy of the rules at the Download section.
The full story
If there's an FAQ you'd like posted, please let me know.