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Abstract

Have you ever wondered whether a baseball batter performs differently when he plays in an indoor stadium (instead of outdoors). Does the fact that he's indoors, somehow have a psychological effect on the batter and limit his abilities? Well, that's the purpose of this science fair project.

Hypothesis

Baseball batters will hit a baseball further in an outdoor stadium than in an indoor stadium.

Background

Baseball

Baseball is a game that is played using a ball and a bat. The game is composed of two teams of nine players each and the game is played on a field which has a square circuit, called a diamond. The diamond is  defined by four bases in the corners. The goal of the game is for the batter to hit the ball which is thrown by the pitcher of the opposing team. The batting team will then try to score runs by running and touching the bases. The pitcher’s team or the fielding team will try to stop the batter’s team from reaching the bases. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.

In America, the baseball game was originally played indoors in the 1900s. However, when basketball started to gain popularity in the 1910s, baseball games started to move out of the gymnasiums and into the outdoor grass and dirt fields. Modern day baseball stadiums are either open fields or an indoor stadium with retractable roofs.

Baseball is a very popular team sport in North America, South America, the Caribbean and some parts of Asia. North America has the Major League Baseball which consists of the National League and the American League. Baseball is also a very popular sport in Japan and Cuba. Japan has its Central League and Pacific League while Cuba has its own West League and East League.
 

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Complexity level:
6
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 1 day for this science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements