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Interesting Facts That Set Softball Apart

Many people, me included, do not hesitate to point out how softball has striking resemblance to baseball. It is very true that for spectators, the two games are almost similar. What most of us do not know is that the two games are actually different in various ways. Nobody can be blamed for this kind of ignorance because most of us were exposed to the other kinds of sports that are more popular as we grew up: I am talking about games like basketball and football that almost everyone knows a lot about. This article highlights facts about softball that set it apart from other games and totally differentiates it from baseball. After reading this, you will never, even for a second be tempted to view the two games from the same perspective.

The game acquired its current name in 1926.The name ‘Softball’ was coined by Walter Hakanson. From its invention by George Hancock in 1887 as an indoor sport, it has had several names; mush ball, kitten ball and even indoor baseball.

This game is mainly for female players and is often referred to as a sport for ladies. It has even been argued by many, that the invention of the game was so that Baseball would remain to be played by men only. The game is played by 9 players.

There are two known types of the game; there is fast pitch softball and soft pitch softball. In soft pitch, when the ball is pitched, it must arch in the air. Fast pitch on the other hand, pitching of the ball is faster and stealing and bunting are permitted. It is important to note that stealing and bunting are not allowed in soft pitch. In any softball game, the ball has to be strictly pitched underhand.

Here is an easy way to differentiate softball from Baseball; in Baseball, there are nine innings whereas in Softball the innings are only seven. The pitch sizes too vary significantly. The one for Softball is smaller with bases that are sixty feet from each other. For Baseball, the pitch is bigger with bases that are ninety feet away from each other.

For me, this was the most interesting fact; the game may be called softball but the ball is nowhere close to being soft! It is actually larger than a baseball; it is 12inches compared to the baseball that is 9 inches!

Softball pitchers, unlike in Baseball can pitch several times ii a row. Sometimes, only one pitcher plays for a team the whole season. The underhand pitching makes pitching in softball less strenuous compared to the overhand baseball pitching. Whereas baseball teams may have  a number of pitchers with each getting a time to play, a softball team needs very few pitchers and not all usually end up getting playing time, unless incase of injury of the best pitcher.

There you have it now, the games are different.

Comments on Interesting Facts That Set Softball Apart »

February 11, 2018

xaif @ 6:12 am

I love softball game and always play this game with my child.

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