By John Focht
For the baseball enthusiasts in the family, Run the Bases is an absolute Shore event. Although, you don’t have to be a baseball enthusiast to play, you don’t even need to be a sports enthusiast, heck, you don’t even need to have an athletic ability in your body. Run the Bases is a fun beach game to get the whole family and group involved in.
The only thing required for Run the Bases is a ball; it can be a tennis ball, a paddle ball, or a rubber ball. Draw two boxes in the sand at least 20-25 feet from each other. Two people – usually the Dad’s – start the game by manning each base and throwing the ball back-and-forth to each other.
The runners – usually the kids – try to steal the bases safely, while the throwers try to get them out. The game can be played with the runners getting three outs or one out. Once a runner gets their third, or first out depending on the rules established, they are now the thrower. Whichever thrower tug the runner for their final out typically switches places with the person who was tug out.
For the older Dad’s, like me, it’s usually more enjoyable to remain a steady-thrower, instead of the runner. For the younger Dad’s, you will probably enjoy getting in there and swiping a bag or two – but just wait until you hit 40! You’ll soon realize being the steady-thrower is the way to go.
One of the enjoyable parts of Run the Bases, is you will always pick up a kid or two (or three or four) to join the game. Run the Bases turns into a great way for kids to meet each other on the beach too. You may have also just set your child up with a beach friend for the week.
After about 20 minutes, complete exhaustion usually ends the game with the sweaty, sandy competitors jumping into the ocean!