What is softball?


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According to the University of Nottingham, softball is a version of baseball that both males and females and mixed-ability teams can play. It requires a modest outlay in equipment, and it is playable in a wide, open space. It is generally a fast game that lasts either seven innings or 60 minutes.

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The Central Scotland Softball League explains that softball is played between two teams composed of 10 players. Compared to baseball, softball is played on a smaller diamond and the pitches are thrown underhand instead of overhand. Softballs are also bigger than baseballs. The CSSL notes that the standard softball is not only not soft, but it is harder than a baseball. It is covered with either synthetic or leather material, and it is around 10 to 12 inches in circumference.

Nine or 10 players from a team are on the field at a time. The infield has four bases: the first base, second base, third base and home plate. The pitcher’s circle is located near the diamond’s center, and within the circle lies a small rectangular area. The goal of softball is to score more runs than the opponent by batting (i.e. hitting) a ball, running around the bases and touching each base in succession.

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