Ball Boy is an individual, usually, human youth but sometimes a dog, who retrieves and supplies balls for players or officials in sports such as association football, American football, bandy, cricket, tennis, baseball, and basketball. Though non-essential, their activities help to speed up play by reducing the amount of inactive time.
At first and third base foul lines, ball boys are positioned to collect out-of-play balls. Not to be confused with batboys, which are primarily responsible for taking care of baseball equipment in and around the dugout and home plate area.
Inadvertent interference by ball boys is handled by Rule 6.01(d), the major point of which is that any live ball remains alive and in play if it is impeded by an unintentional ball boy.
San Francisco Giants have hired “spry seniors” as “ball dudes” since 1992, rather than the customary teenagers. Because of her groundbreaking role as Major League Baseball’s first mother-daughter duo, Corinne Mullane and her daughter Molly have been recognized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
How Much Does a Ball Boy Make in Baseball?
Job compensation is often a topic of conversation. As far as a bat-kid is concerned. Glassdoor reports that the Braves pay their bat boy between $9 and $10 an hour. $19,000 to $20,000 per year is the average wage for this position.
It’s a full-time job that requires 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, so that’s out of the question. Bat guys obviously don’t put in as much time as they’re made out to do. This is solely for use at your own house.
Ball boys work an average of 81 days per year, with additional days if the club reaches the playoffs. As of June 9, 2022, the average annual salary for a Ball Boy in the United States is $38,531.