How to Play Matball

School-age children sometimes play a game called "Matball" in school. If you haven't played this game before, read on to have a blast with some friends.


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    Gather many people. This game really requires more than about 10 people to play, that's why its commonly played at schools.
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    Pick a location the game will be played in. A level floor playing surface is adequate enough.
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    Recognize that unlike most ballgames, this game contains at least 4 bases. The bases themselves tend to be gymnasium mats (thereby the reason why this game is called Matball).
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    Have the pitcher throw the ball, much like in a game of kickball to the player, who can kick the ball.
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    Let the person have some choices.
    • They can continue running in hopes not to get stopped by any one baseball fielder near the mat, or they can stop and safely rest on the mat.
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    Recognize that once they leave the mat to head for the next base, they cannot return (unless a rule has been set earlier that they can). You can have many players on one single mat.
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    Know when to safely record an out for the player. An out for a player is required when either the player has swung and missed on several attempted kicks or when they swing and kick but the fielder catches the ball or they get tagged out while running the base-paths between mats.
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    Recognize what should happen in the case the player oversteps a base (even by just one foot). Although this can vary by play, most often times it is perceived enough so the player cannot return to the same base again and must advance to the next base (if they should be able to reach the next base in time).
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    Recognize the situations when a foul ball can be called. Games vary from location to location and include (but are not limited to) these two universal rules known everywhere.
    • If the ball is kicked behind home plate, it is considered to be a foul ball.
    • If the ball hits the ceiling of the location traveling forward, it is either a foul or out (dependent on location rules).
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    Know what can determine a home run in this game.
    • If the location's doors are open in front of home plate and the ball heads out the doors, some places consider the ball to be live at all times until the fielding team retrieves it, or it may be considered a home run.
    • Recognize that there are more scenarios than what are posed here, but vary widely upon situation.
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    Keep tally of how many players have reached home before the amounts of predetermined times have happened.
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    Know when that side of play is over. After several outs (which can be predetermined by situation) have been recorded, the side is out.
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    Repeat this play after the two teams switch places (the batting/kicking team becomes the fielding team and the fielding team becomes the batting/kicking team).
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    Recognize when the game is over. The team at the end of a few rounds or the one to record the most runs will win and the game will be over.


  • Recognize that there may be additional rules and opportunities in this game, that vary (if there is a basketball hoop hanging down and how to determine what happens should the ball land and actually flow through the basketball net and back down). However, the rules here are the universal plays that apply to the entire game of Matball.
  • This game, if played in a gymnasium, tends to have more than 3 bases, and may cover the 4 corners of the location.
  • Sometimes, scoring a run requires two trips around the bases. Make sure that each team member can pick up a flag or something to denote who's been around the bases more than once before the end of the inning.
  • Sometimes, kicks towards the fielders that aren't fast enough to reach the fielders, can be designated as a foul ball, but that decision must be left up to the location's advisors.
  • Variety of travel in play isn't dependent on the game itself. Sometimes, the location can denote whether or not the batting team can travel either way around the bases. But, if so, the batters must travel in the same direction to score a point at home base.
  • To keep things simple you may like to enforce the rules of the game Rounders provided you have enough people amongst your players who know the rules of Rounders.

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