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Understanding the rules in softball

There is always confusion between the game of baseball and softball and it is with good reason. In essence, they are variants of the same game but with minimal differences. One major difference between the two is the fact that soft ball is pitched underhand while in baseball it is pitched overhand.

The differences between softball and baseball

In terms of the ball sizes, softballs are bit heavier than baseballs. They too come in white and sometimes in shades of yellow or green. In softball the games last for seven innings while in baseball it typically lasts for nine innings. Furthermore, the softball field is smaller than the baseball field. The other recognizable difference between softball and baseball is the size of the bat –in softball the bat is shorter and with a larger barrel than in baseball.

In the game of softball we have slow pitch and fast pitch; slow pitch is whereby the ball is pitched slowly into the air. On the other hand, fast pitch has the ball being pitched fast enough. Mostly, this latter kind of pitch is played by women.

Understanding the rules of softball

A typical softball game comprises of 7 innings and two halves. The first half and the second half are divided depending on the home team and the away team. The away team will bat during the first half while the home team does it during the second half.

There are three probable outcomes when a pitcher pitches to the batter; one they might get 3 strikes. The three strikes is where they throw the ball to the strike zone and the batter misses, they throw 4 balls consequently making bad pitches outsider the strike zone or they walk the batter by striking them with the ball.

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Softball Coaching Tips – Cold Winter Nights and Softball Rules

By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

The Rulebook Makes Good Reading on a Cold Winter’s Night

Maybe I’m just too much of a fanatic, but every year I look forward to receiving the new ASA rulebook. When I get it, the first thing I do is sit down and read it cover to cover.

This is not just an intellectual exercise, however. I read it because I find the better you know the rules, the better chance you have of winning a dispute with an umpire — and knowing which things to dispute.

Understand that I rarely argue judgment calls. Something would have to be pretty blatant to get me out of the dugout or third base coach’s box and in the umpire’s face.

And even then, I know I won’t win, but I will go there to make sure the umpire knows he/she blew the call, and knows I know, so maybe we’ll get the next close one. It shouldn’t work that way but it often does. That’s human nature.

A rules question, though, is a completely different matter. I have a pretty darned good track record when it comes to arguing rules calls, and most of the ones I lose are because an umpire doesn’t know the rule, refuses to check, and there’s no umpire in chief around to overrule him/her.

For example, a couple of years ago at ASA Northern Nationals, with the game tied and runners on second and third, I elected to intentionally walk the next hitter to load the bases. My catcher stood behind the left hand batter’s box (as I’d taught her) waiting for the pitch, and when it came in the umpire called illegal pitch and advanced both runners.

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Softball Performance – What is the Diameter of a Softball?

What is the diameter of a softball?By Coach Marc

What is the diameter of a softball? That’s funny because that’s twice this month that we receive emails from young softball players asking this question.

You see, we have many young softball players on our newsletter mailing list (you should subscribe if you’re not – it’s free!) and many of these young ladies decide to do school papers on topics related to softball and are looking for facts about the game online.

So what is the diameter of a softball? As you know there are two different sizes for softballs:

1) The small ball – which a circumference of 11 inches and a diameter of 3.5 inches. This ball is used in youth softball – usually 10 and under.

2) The big ball – which has a circumference of 12 inches and a diameter of 3.8 inches. This regular size softball used by all other players.

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