- Starting lineup
A starting lineup in
sportsrefers to the set of players actively participating in the event when the game begins. The players in the starting lineup are commonly referred to as "starters", whereas the others are "substitutes" or "bench players".
The starters are commonly the best players on the team at their respective positions. Consequently, there is often a bit of
prestigethat is associated with being a starter. In both baseballand basketball, it is common for players' positions to be denoted by a number as well as by a name. In that instance, the associated number is used as well. If a common abbreviation is known, the abbreviation is listed after the associated number.
Baseball starting lineup
The starting lineup in
baseballcomprises either nine or ten players. In the National Leagueof Major League Baseball, there are nine players in the starting lineup and all players bat. American Leagueteams have the option of using a designated hitter(DH) in place of the pitcherin the batting order. The DH does not play when the team is on defense.
# P -
# C -
# 1B -
# 2B -
# 3B -
# SS -
# LF -
# CF -
# RF -
# DH -
Basketball starting lineup
In the NBA, two starting players are traditionally announced as Guards, two as Forwards and one as a Center. However, technically the rules merely stipulate that a starting lineup, along with a list of substitutes, must be indicated at least ten minutes before the game. A captain and optionally a co-captain must also be designated. When pre-game
technical fouls are committed, only designated starters can be chosen to shoot any resulting free throws. [http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_3.html?nav=ArticleList]
The various positions are not mentioned anywhere in the official NBA rule book, and most players play more than one position.
college basketball, a starting lineup is announced for each team before the game. Starting players are designated as either Centers, Forwards, or Guards. A team can name at most one center, but otherwise any combination of positions is allowable, as long as five players are named. Lineups of three guards, one forward, and one center, or of three guards and two forwards, are the most common alternate lineups.
Ice hockey starting lineup
Association football (soccer) starting lineup
The most common starting lineup in
socceris called 4-4-2 and consists of:
**MC-2 central midfielders
Netball starting lineup
netball, a team starts with seven players on the court:
# GS - Goal shooter
# GA - Goal attack
# WA - Wing attack
# C - Centre
# WD - Wing defence
# GD - Goal defence
# GK - Goal keeper
Australian rules football starting lineup
Australian rules football, a team starts with eighteen plays on the field:
# F - Three forwards (one full-forward, two forward pockets)
# HF - Three half forwards (one centre-half forward, two half-forward flanks)
# C - Three centres (one centre, two wing-men)
# HB - Three half backs (one centre-half back, two half-back flanks)
# B - Three backs (one full-back, two back pockets)
# Fol - Three followers (one ruck-man, one ruck-rover, one rover)
American football starting lineup
American football, a team starts with 11 players on offense, 11 players on defense, and a special teamssquad of 11 players for punts, kickoffs, and extra point attempts. Very often most of the special teams players are starters or bench players for offense or defense. An example of this is Devin Hesterof the Chicago Bears. He is their prime kick returnerbut also is a wide receiver.
# QB --
# RB --
# C -- Center
# LG, RG -- Left and right guards on either side of the center
# LT, RT -- Left and right tackles on either end of the five man
# TE --
# WR --
Wide receiver-- Teams can have up to five receivers on the field so long as there are no more than 11 offensive players.
Defense:Traditional football defense is the 4-3 (4 defensive linemen plus 3 linebackers) formation. However, the 3-4 (3 defensive linemen plus 4 linebackers) formation is becoming more popular among professional and
NCAA Division Iteams.
# DT -- Depending on formation a team may have up to two defensive tackles. If there is only one he is called the Nose Tackle (NT)
# DE -- A team has two defensive ends
# LB -- A team can start three or four
linebackersbased on formation
# SS --
# FS --
# CB -- Teams usually start two
# K -- Kicker
# P -- Punter
# PR --
# KR --
# LS --
National Football Leagueofficially counts how many times each player appears in the starting lineup. This statistic reflects offense and defense only, not special teams. (Every game starts with a kickoff, which would be a special teams play.) A player gets credited with only one start if he should happen to be on both the offensive and defensive starting lineups (as has happened several times in recent years with Troy Brownof the New England Patriots, who played both wide receiverand defensive back.)In American college football, the official record of the game includes a "Game Participation" chart which shows the starting lineups and the other participants. The starting lineups reflect the two teams' offenses and defenses, not the kickoff teams.
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