We were taught this game during my Introduction week at DTU, in order to explain a bit about Danish culture.
Roundball is like baseball, except:
- the bases are closer
- you hit a tennis ball
- you hit with a huge paddle
- the ‘pitcher’ lightly tosses the ball to the hitter. He cannot strike you out. After three attempts, you are allowed to walk to first base.
- there can be more than one person per base, so you don’t have to run if someone hits poorly.
- you are ‘out’ if someone catches the ball, or if your ball first lands in the out-of bounds area (a ‘foul’ ball), or if you are off-base when the pitcher has the ball.
The secret to the game (that everyone knows) is to aim your ball so that it lands in-bounds but rolls as far as possible out-of-bounds (where no catchers can stand before you hit). Then, you can run around a few bases, before anyone can get to the ball.
After the ball is hit, and returned to the pitcher, the discussions begin:
- did the ball land out-of-bounds?
- was anyone off-base when the ball was returned to the pitcher?
- how many people crossed 4th base?
- how many ‘outs’ does your team now have?
- what is the new score?
This is the real demonstration of Danish culture, as the score of the game is reached by consensus between both teams.