Scorekeeping overview

Baseball and softball scorekeeping involves more than just keeping track of how many runs cross the plate. In fact, scorekeeping — a system of numbers, symbols and methodology that is as much a part of the game as an old glove — is a language all its own. But it's not hard to learn. And once you're fluent in scorekeeping, you're ready to keep track of every pitch, every at-bat, every hit and every out. 

At WSLL and Little Leagues across the world, the scorekeepers are one of the most important officials at the ball field. Keeping the book doesn't mean that they only keep the score, they need to know the actual rules of the game and for the division of play they are scorekeeping. They keep many vital stats that not only assist with knowing the score of the game, but some of the stats they keep assist with player safety as well, like keeping the pitchers pitch count.

All teams are required to have a scorekeeper for each game. The home team oversees the game official book and the visiting team scorekeeper keeps their team book. The visiting team also provides a volunteer scoreboard operator.

The earlier you start to learn to score keep a game, the easier it will be to learn the new aspects of each division. If you start when your ball player is in Rookies, it will be easier for you to learn the nuances of the Minors, Majors and Juniors division as your ball player rises through the divisions. 

Scorekeeping by division

In the Tee Ball and Coach Pitch divisions, no score is kept.

Rookies: The home team is responsible for providing the official scorekeeper for the game. The official scorekeeper is responsible for tracking pitch counts for both the home and visiting team pitchers. Submission of score sheets to the league is NOT required since Win/Loss records and standings are not tracked for Rookie division.

MinorsMajors, 50/70 and Juniors: The home team is responsible for providing the official scorekeeper. The home team scorebook will be the official game score-keeping book. Scorekeeping shall be done in accordance with LLI rules. After the game, the (1) official scorekeeper will fill out the Game Reporting Form (blue sheet), (2) confirm with the Visiting Scorekeeper the score and pitch counts, (3) both scorekeepers sign the form, (4) have both managers sign the form and (5) place completed form in folder located on inside of North side shed door (the umpire shed). All Managers, when the home team, are required to post score on the WSLL website within 24 hours of game completion.

WSLL SCOREKEEPING TRAINING GUIDE

Scorekeeping training videos

  
 
 


     

GameChanger

GameChanger Tutorials

When you access the above GameChanger Tutorials link, click on Playlist to see all the videos:

How to Set up a Lineup
  - Select from the Playlist the video on Scoring a New Game 

Recording Plays
  - Select from Playlist the video on Scoring the Basics 

Scoring Advanced Plays (Fielders Choice, Double Plays)
  - Select from Playlist the video on Scoring Advanced Plays 

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