In this tutorial, we will learn what being on offense means.
When a team is on offense, their players go one-by-one to home plate to take their turn to bat. The order of batters is determined by a batting order, which we learned about previously in this chapter.
Since hits are one way to advance bases (and advancing enough bases eventually leads to scoring), batters attempt to hit the ball during their at-bat. To do this, the batter swings at pitches that are thrown by the pitcher and caught by the catcher. However, certain plays lead to the batter being out, ending his turn to hit or advance bases. When three (3) outs are made, the half-inning is over.
Goals While On Offense
- arrive safely on base and become a baserunner
- help a baserunner complete the cycle of bases and score at home plate
REMEMBER: In baseball, a team scores when batters get on base and safely advance through all the bases to eventually come back to home plate. The opposing team tries to get the batter and baserunner(s) out before they can complete the circuit.
Transitions From Offense To Defense
Once the offensive team has three (3) outs, the half-inning ends and the teams switch roles. The team on offense now becomes the team on defense, and a new half-inning begins. We'll learn all about being on defense next.