Need help with T-SQL script: How to average a field across records

I'm in need of a purely t-sql script that will average a single integer field across potentially tens of thousands of records. Note the following script:

select stitches from meistergram WHERE rundate BETWEEN '2011-01-01' AND '2011-12-31'

This script identifies the table (meistergram), the integer field (stitches) and qualifies the records to be averaged by a range of dates. Please use this as a basis for adding the additional t-sql required to return just the average of the stitches field. Thanks.
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
Do you want an average across the entire record set? (select avg(stitches) from meistergram ..
Do you want an average grouped? More information is needed.
HainKurtSr. System AnalystCommented:
looks like he is asking for a simple avg

select avg(stitches) from meistergram WHERE rundate BETWEEN '2011-01-01' AND '2011-12-31'

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tcianfloneAuthor Commented:
The requirement is to get an average of stitches across the entire set of records returned within the date range. As for grouping, I'm not familiar with how I might group the results.
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select AVG(stitches) as 'Avarage' from meistergram WHERE rundate BETWEEN '2011-01-01' AND '2011-12-31' GROUP BY rundate
select AVG(stitches) ,rundate from meistergram WHERE rundate BETWEEN '2011-01-01' AND '2011-12-31' GROUP BY rundate,stitches
Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
Please be aware that if rundate is a datetime field includes a time component, grouping by rundate will most likely not give you the result you are looking for:

SELECT CONVERT(varchar(10), rundate, 120) RunDate, AVG(Stitches) FROM meistergram WHERE rundate BETWEEN '2011-01-01' AND '2011-12-31 GROUP BY CONVERT(varchar(10), rundate, 120)
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