Softball is the sport like baseball played on an artificial flat surface with a bigger ball fitted on a base that ranges anywhere from 60 feet to 60+ feet away from the home plate. In essence, this means that Softball has nothing to do with “regular” baseball. The only things that can remotely resemble Softball in comparison to regular baseball are pitching and hitting. There are three different pitching speeds in Softball, namely” Regular”, “Warmup” and” Velocity”. For the purpose of convenience, I will henceforth use the term “Pitcher”. A reliever is not included in this discussion because they are generally considered as a position player.
Softball differs from baseball in that it does not have a World Team or Exhibition Team, but relies on its local National Team to play regularly. This is because the US does not have an international team of Softball players and because the US does not have a competitive Softball Association. The reason behind this is because the USFDA (Food and Drug Administration) did not feel comfortable regulating a sport that involved using the head, hands, and knees, as is the case in baseball. However, the US squad has won the most International Softball tournaments such as the Florida State League, which has a more developed rules than the Continental Conference. Therefore, the US has been able to develop its own Softball rules and has qualified for the International Softball World Cup three times.
Unlike baseball, Softball has a batter, which is not subject to home plate limitations; rather, it is the responsibility of the defense to throw the softball to either “throw” or “across” the plate to make the play. The pitcher and the catcher have the same duties when it comes to pitching, but there are three exceptions to this rule. First, the catcher can only throw the ball to home plate once a side is scored. Secondly, the runner can advance from first to second base, third base, or home if he is “thrown” out at first base but then successful return to first base without being “thrown out” at third base.
When running out on to the field to catch a softball, the baseball player must maintain proper running form. Otherwise, it will be a foul. For instance, if a runner tries to steal the ball from the outfield, the runner will be declared out, regardless of his actual footprint on the bag. As a result of these rules, Softball is more “free-style” than baseball, which is more controlled by the laws of baseball. Therefore, softball can be played much faster than baseball, but the game can be very frustrating for those watching from the stands.
Softball uses a system of five measurements, including batting, fielding, running, and throwing. Each of these measurements has its own importance and place in the overall defensive strategy of the team. Batting is the primary measurement because the success of a team relies on hitting the ball as many times as possible. Therefore, pitching, fielding, and running play secondary to the success of the hitting team. The throwing measurement focuses on throwing accuracy, while batting tries to get the ball into play.
The offensive strategy used by a softball team must also consider the defensive strategy. There are two teams on every softball field: offense and defense. Softball usually relies on scoring more runs than the other team. Runs are scored when the team advances to the next base, attempting to advance to the winning team’s house at the end of the game. Opposing teams take turns being on offense and defense, with each team playing one another for five outs in each half of the game.
Softball was named after an old softball legend, the All-American third basemen who broke the color line for male players. Though the sport is predominantly played indoors now, it originally originated on a softball field outside of Oregon in the late 1800s. One early game was a cat-and-mouse scenario wherein the players rolled a wooden baton backwards and forward to hit the ball. The winner was the team with the most hits. Today, the game of softball has gained popularity both as a competitive and social activity among college and high school students.
Most games of softball involve a toss-off between two players who switch positions; the winner is the player who throws the ball furthest to either side of the player who is in the box. Some games are played in a pitcher mode with only a runner on first base, while other games are played in extra innings with two runners on every team. Softball has evolved from a fun activity to a great sport for every age group, skill level, and physical activity. Whether you are playing in a league setting or just for fun, softball has something for you. Whether you are looking for a good, fast pitch softball or a slower pitch with more power, you can find it.