Brännboll, which is also called brennball or slaball in Norway and rundbold in Denmark, is a game which has similarities to rounders, baseball, lapta and pesapallo. The term brännboll is from the act of catching a player between two bases, which is called burning them (branna).
Brännboll is played on an amateur level in Scandivia (particularly Sweden, Norway, and Denmark) and also in Germany. It is played in parks and fields, and it is also part of the physical education curriculum in some schools. The rules of brännboll vary in different areas, but they share some common rules.
Unlike baseball and cricket, brannboll has no pitcher; the batter throws the ball and hits it with the bat. If the batter hits the ball, they will then make their way around the four bases. The team can play as many players in the base as there are no restrictions. There is a world championship called Brannbollscuper which is held yearly in Umea, Sweden.
- Rounders — played between two teams with a bat and ball, like baseball.
- British Baseball — a bat-and-ball game played in Wales and England similar to rounders.
- Baseball — a bat and ball game in which the aim is to hit the ball and score runs by running around four bases.
- Pärk (or Paerk) — an outdoor team sport that originated in Gotland, where players hit or kick the ball to gain field position.
- Lapta — a Russian traditional bat and ball game.
- Palant — a Polish sport with lots of similarities to modern baseball played using a wooden stick and a rubber ball.
- Pesapallo — a Finnish variation of Baseball, the major difference is that the ball is pitched vertically.