Rules

What is stoolball?

Stoolball is a team sport which has been played for over 500 years. Similar to cricket, two teams compete to score the most runs. It is played by ladies-only teams, mixed teams and schools.

Quick start stoolball

The 10 simplified rules you need to play fun quick start stoolball. Perfect for trying out the sport in the park or leading a school PE lesson. Always use a soft ball.

Rules of stoolball

The rules for stoolball are easy to learn: similar to but simpler than the laws of cricket. These are the updated rules for 2018–2020. You should read about the spirit of stoolball too.

Spirit of stoolball

Stoolball is a sport that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its rules but also within the spirit of the game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the sport itself.

Code of conduct and players' responsibilities

In the the excitement of a match it is sometimes difficult for players, club officials and parents to take an objective and balanced view about any match their team is involved in. Whether you're watching or playing, please keep this code of conduct in mind.

Indoor stoolball

Stoolball is played all year round, moving indoors for the winter. With its softer ball, indoor stoolball is particularly good for children.

How to score a stoolball match

A step-by-step guide to what to put where in a stoolball scorebook, even when something unusual happens. Print it out and have it beside you when you score.

Equipment

Get everything you need to play stoolball, including bats, balls and wickets, and find out how to care for your equipment.

Coaching

Whether you’re a complete beginner, keen to improve, or you want to teach others to play stoolball, we can help.