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Specific rules can be set for games and may vary each time the game is played. These rules are usually agreed upon before the game begins by teams of young children, usually residents of the same neighborhood.
The word "sandlot" refers to the makeshift field, which could be nothing more than an empty piece of land in the area composed of grass, dirt, or sand that is big enough to host the game. Objects used in playing the game can be improvised to take the place of bases, balls, or bats if they are unavailable.
Sandlot baseball can also refer to senior baseball played by teams unaffiliated with major league baseball teams. The system of major league teams and the minor league teams they own is often referred to as organized baseball.