Whether you’re an experienced baseball player or just someone who’s curious, you may be wondering how long it takes to play a game of baseball. Don’t worry—the game only seems to take forever because you’re having so much fun! A regulation game takes about three hours, but there are several factors that can speed up or slow down the pace of play. If you want to know more about how long it takes to play baseball, keep reading!
1-2 hours. The MLB has rules and regulations regarding length of practice time. During spring training, teams can have up to six hours per day, and up to four practices per week. The players themselves put in their own work time for an additional 4-6 hours per day (according to one source). In season, games often have restrictions on pregame practice times as well – for example, no batting practice is allowed within two hours before first pitch. This time varies from team to team (with some taking longer than others) but typically takes about an hour total. Other aspects of pregame preparation include physical exams from team doctors and routine meetings regarding playing strategy or tips from coaches or managers on player performance..
Warm up time
3 minutes. It takes about three minutes for each team to warm up. Pitchers throw some pitches and batters hit off of a tee, practicing their stance and swing. Other players get some practice swings in as well. The teams are also allowed to stretch at their own pace during that time period.
An average MLB game takes three hours, 10 minutes—or an hour and 45 minutes from first pitch to final out. What goes into that time period? Aside from play on the field, there are commercial breaks between innings, warm-ups for players on and off the field, opportunities for fans to buy snacks and drinks at concessions stands or walk around (which costs a lot in stadium revenue), weather delays, replay reviews and more. In short: not just playing time. So how can you cut down your average game time? How about with these five strategies
Actual time on the field
Two teams usually play for nine innings, which lasts about three hours. (This is much longer than professional football or basketball games, which are over in two hours.) With one inning lasting an average of 20 minutes (22 minutes per inning in 2014), that’s three to four hours right there. Add in time for pre-game warm-ups and post-game press conferences and photo shoots, and you’re looking at six hours total—or more. On a Saturday night when both teams have good pitching staffs, chances are they’ll go extra innings with each team batting through their lineups twice before ending up in extra innings. This can push games closer to seven or eight hours.
Time in between games
Baseball games are played every day, unless they are rained out. This is usually at least once per week. Most people that follow MLB know when their favorite team’s next scheduled game is and have a rough time frame in mind on when they can see their team play again. Baseball games can last anywhere from 2 hours to 6 hours depending on how many runs are scored and how long each player goes before striking out or getting on base (hitting). Games range in length based on how many breaks there are for pitchers and if there is any rain delay. On average, games last about 3 hours with 7 innings of playing time.
Clean up time
The length of a standard nine-inning baseball game (usually just called a ballgame) depends on what level you’re talking about. At major league and high school games, you’ll see 20 minute breaks between each half inning (typically 3 – 4 half innings per team), but there are no such breaks at lower levels. In youth leagues, one complete inning is played before an umpire calls for a clean up crew to come out and mop up wet spots where players’ cleats have worn divots into the dirt infield. An umpire will also call for an extended break if a big crowd heads towards one side of center field during extra innings; that’s when he or she knows that someone has hit another home run.