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Keeping score can be a fun way to watch a ballgame.  While it requires concentration, it's a great way to keep focused on the game.  Longtime scorekeepers will often comment about how much they've missed in the game when not score-keeping. 

There is a certain amount of information that should be recorded for each game. On a basic level and in support of the umpire, the scorekeeper needs to know: a) the count on the batter, b) the number of outs in the current half-inning, c) the current inning, and d) how many runs have been scored in this half-inning and in the game. There are additional division specific pitching and catching requirements to be met.

The league is asking each team to identify  someone willing to be a scorekeeper. The league also recognizes that not everyone knows how to keep score. This page has been written to help guide the beginning scorekeeper and provide further resources. There are a great variety of scorecards and you will find no two people keep score exactly the same way.


Here is a beginner's guide to traditional score-keeping

Many other guides and methods can be found on the web.

Baseballscorecard.com has a score-keeping tutorial and also a download area for scorecards of various styles. If the link is down, the tutorial is here.

Swingleydev.com has a good page and an excellent tutorial on scorekeeping. Should the link be down, the complete tutorial is here and the scorecard here.

As you become more proficient in score-keeping, you will find judgment, interpretation, and even the application of playing rules becomes important. ASA offers very little for the official scorer but what it does offer will be found in Rule 11 of the Official Rules of Softball. Scorekeeping rules are defined by Rule 14. A standalone version of Rule 14 is hereThis may also be of interest. Lastly, there is softball's stick and ball cousin, baseball. Rule 10 contains the scoring guidelines for baseball.