Softball is a game that resembles the baseball game, which is played with a bigger ball like 11 inches to 12 inches in shape. It is played on a field of base length sixty feet and a pitcher mound of 43 – 50 feet far from home plates.
Although the game originated in 1887 in Chicago United States of America as a game played in a closed place, this game also generates its name due to its flexibility. In recent usage, the balls are rigid and strong.
Features of Softball
– The game moves at a steadfast level of 2 inches pace than traditional baseball.
– The base runner has a little more time to win than their opponents.
– The fielder also has little time to play the ball while the other team runs down to first base.
– The ball size is 8 inches bigger than a baseball.
– However despite this game name, the ball used in this game is not flexible unelse a foam practice softball is involved.
– Teenage players use 11 inches ball sizes.
Two rules of softball
Softball game is backed with two rules which are:
Fast pitch softball: In this softball rule the whole field is not clean and also full of grasses. The softball is made of a flat mound and a small hill. Softball games are pitched with hands that change the ball arc when reaching the plate.
For instance, in this game the pitcher tapped a fastball, the ball will like to rise but on baseball which the pitcher is on a hill but the ball will drop down. This game rule has a faster pitch. It also requires nine players on the field at a time. The rule also allows bunting and base stealing. This game rule is also the most common rules in Virginia high schools across the state and this rule also varies from baseball.
Slow- pitch softball: In this game rule, it has a ball size of 11 and 12 inches league for women and larger ball size for men leagues. Slow -pitch softball rule requires ten players on the field at a time. Bunting and stealing is prohibited in this game rule.
Characteristics of softball
The essential requirements for this game are:
– Softball bat and gloves
– Softball and bases
This game is popular as a leisure activity for adults so their leagues are known to be “fun leagues”. In overseas, softball team banners are generated by bars and clubs for adults which is known as “beer leagues softball.
Although the team can be male or female and from novice to professional skill levels, this league can either be a slow pitch or fast pitch game. (more…)