Q:

What is softball?

A:

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.

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.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What color is a softball?

    A:

    Softballs are usually white, but many professional teams use yellow balls. Their circumference ranges between 10 and 16 inches. They weigh between 5.875 oz and 7 oz.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you hit a slow-pitch softball?

    A:

    To hit a slow pitch softball, stand near the catcher but a few feet from the plate to develop a strong stance. As the pitcher begins to throw the ball, step the right foot forward and rotate the hips toward the pitcher and swing the bat directly at waist level as the ball crosses home plate. A batter's hands should loosely grip the bat while swinging toward a slow pitch.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a foul ball in softball?

    A:

    A foul ball in softball is similar to that of baseball in that it is a legally batted ball that does not fall within the field of play. Except in cases where the batter already has two strikes on him or her, a foul ball that hits the ground results in a strike on the batter. If the batter hit a foul ball that hits the ground with two strikes in the count already, the count remains at two strikes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many innings are in a softball game?

    A:

    A game of softball has seven innings as opposed to a nine-inning baseball game. Each inning is broken into a top half and a bottom half, and the game is won by the team with the most runs scored when the bottom of the seventh inning ends.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore