Over The Line is a great bat-and-ball sport, a game related to baseball and softball played in the sand on the beach. Like those games, you have the batter, pitcher, and fielders. Because a game requires only three people per team, it is considerably easier to get a good informal game going. Equipment consists of a rope (or lines marked in the sand), an "official" softball bat and a rubber softball. No ball gloves are allowed except in women's games, however golf gloves may be used when batting. The annual World Championships now gathers more than 1200 teams from all over the world. They compete in many different divisions. The divisions are separated by age and gender. Players from 18 to 80 years of age are participating. Games are very competitive in both the men’s and women’s divisions and Over The Line is as much fun to watch as it is to play.