SCOREKEEPING 101

Scorekeeper:

  • The scorekeeper is responsible for recording the events of every game.
    • The Home team is the official scorekeeper while the visiting team’s scorebook is unofficial.
  • It is important for scorekeepers to have extra pencils and erasers available.
  • Scorekeepers should arrive early to games so team lineups (batting orders) can be retrieved from coaches and recorded in the scorebook.
    • Items that should be initially recorded:
      1. Player Names and Jersey Number.
      2. Position Number (optional).
      3. Game’s start time. 
  • Scorekeepers should introduce themselves to referees as these officials may confer with scorekeepers regarding the start time of games, player substitutions, etc. 
  • Scorekeepers are responsible for recording:
    1. Ball and Strike Count.
    2. Runners’ Positions.
    3. Runs and Outs.
    4. Pitch Count.
      1. Foul balls.
      2. Walks.
      3. Strikeouts.
    5. Final Game Totals.
      1. Score.
      2. Pitch count.
  • T-ball, youth, junior, and adult softball, and baseball scores are all kept differently. 
    1. T-ball – only keep track of batting order; no score kept.
    2. Youth – keep track of batting order, outs, and runs per inning.
    3. Junior – keep full scorekeeping, pitch count, score, etc.
    4. Adult – varies.

The following PowerPoint is an excellent source in how to keep a scorebook: Scorekeeping Clinic