Softball Rules The Game There are 9 players on a softball team.
The playing field is divided into the infield and outfield The lines between the bases are 60 ft. apart when joined they form a diamond inside the baseline is known as the infield Outside the baseline but inside the playing the field is called the outfield. Any ball going outside the 1st or 3rd base line is a foul ball (runners cant advance the batter gets another try unless the ball was caught in the air which translates to an out.) An official game is seven innings (a innings is when both teams have had their turn to bat. Pitching The pitcher must have both feet on the pitchers rubber and can only take one step forward while pitching The ball must be thrown underhand Both hands must be on the ball at the start of the pitch. Batting Batters must follow the same order throughout the whole game The batter is out if and when A) three strikes have been called B) a fly ball is caught C) the batter does not stand in the batters box Base Running Runners must touch each base in order starting at 1st base to last hitting home plate. Runners may overrun 1st base only all other bases the runner may be tagged and called out
if they are off the base. Runners cant lead off a base they must be on the base until the ball has left the pitchers hand After a fly ball has been caught the base runner must tag the occupied base before advancing to the next base. One base runner cant pass another base runner that is ahead of them Stealing a base is allowed but after the pitcher has released the ball from her hand A runner is out if they are tagged w/the ball before reaching a base the ball gets to 1st base before the runner they run more than 3ft out of the base line to avoid being tag.
Terms Ball-a legally pitched ball that doesnt enter the strike zone Four balls equal a walk Grounder- a ball hit on the ground Force out-when the runner has to advance to the next base to make room for the following base runner Fly ball-ball hit up in the air On deck-the next batter Strike-term used when a ball is swung at missed or is called when the ball enters the strike zone is not swung at all. Strike Zone-the ball passes the batter over the plate between their chest knees.
Softball made a huge leap in 1933 when a reporter from Chicago and a salesman of sporting goods made a softball tournament to go along with the world’s fair. He did a small baseball diamond with chalk inside the boat club and the game was underway.) The same large and soft balls that were anywhere from 10 to 20 inches in diameter that were used indoors were also used for the outdoor games. mush ball. A boating club. By 1889. a team of men who called themselves the Kids and Kubs traveled around the country playing softball. Contests between different firehouses began to draw as many as 3. softball was taken to outdoor field (all of which were too small to be baseball fields. made a large.000 spectators. Indoor baseball became very popular in the Chicago area that winter.) and women’s. Rober decided to limit games to seven innings because this allowed games to be completed in an hour while being active and competitive. The game had many different names. By 1913. The size of the bat and ball as well as the exact rules changed as much as the name. George Hancock. In 1931. A total of more than 350. Leo Fischer (the reporter). The game lasted an hour and ended with a score of 41-40. The smaller field and softer ball used in the game of softball made meant more offense and action in the field than baseball. a boxing glove and a football game were key parts in the very first game of softball. Hancock wrote down rules and came up with a big soft ball and a bat that had a rubber tip that was good for indoors. soft ball by taking a boxing glove and tying it. boxing and football. A man from Yale playfully threw a boxing glove at the Harvard grads after the game was done and bets were paid. The first softball league outside the United States was organized in Toronto in 1897. When the weather became warmer. part of the Harvard and Yale Alumni who gathered at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago that day to hear the score of the annual football game. A fan from Harvard hit the glove away with a broom handle. It was known as a different game (popular names were cabbage ball. A fireman.History of Softball
Softball developed as a younger version of baseball. Softball was first introduced on Thanksgiving Day in 1887 at a Harvard-Yale football game. What made them so unique was they were all at least 75 years old and played the game in their suits. He even painted permanent foul lines on the floor of Boat Club. the game was officially adopted by the Minneapolis Park Board and was played in parks and on playgrounds all over the city. Teams. The game that started in Chicago and Milwaukee became very popular and spread through the upper Midwest and Canada. men’s slowpitch (which is sixteen inch softball and is a direct descendant of Hancock’s original game does not allow defensive players to wear gloves. or pumpkin ball.000 people watched the games at the field inside the world’s fair grounds. The game finally took on the name “softball” in 1926 after a Denver YMCA official brought the name up as a suggestion. He needed something to keep his Minneapolis firemen busy while waiting for fire calls. The ball was fielded barehanded since it was soft and didn’t require gloves like those used in baseball. Softball was started by elements of other sports of which were boating.) depending on the area in which it was being played. He marked a field in a lot next to the fire station. Lewis Rober. It was meant to be a way for baseball players to keep in practice during the winter. played a very big role in developing the game. This tournament was what propelled softball onto the world stage. leagues and tournaments started
. Men and women of every age participated in the sport. a winter league was formed. A game of indoor baseball commenced as a result. and Michael Pauley (the salesman) invited 55 teams to compete in three tournament divisions: men’s fastpitch.
In 1996. The US women’s fastpitch team’s strength reflects how popular the sport is in the United States. The US men’s team won the 1966 title. the International Softball Federation has governed worldwide softball competition. A fastpitch softball pitcher can send the ball to the plate at speeds equal to those of major league baseball pitchers.to pop up in tons of U. Since 1970. Also as a result of the success of the tournament. softball and baseball were voted to be dropped as Olympic sports for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. the American Professional Slow Pitch League became the first of three men’s professional softball leagues to play between 1977 and 1982. Softball was introduced to the United Kingdom in 1962 when the movie A Touch Of Class was being filmed in London. held in Singapore in July 2005. The fastpitch game has caught the most attention internationally. cities and around the world. The association set rules for different age groups because it feels that softball is a game for all ages. A 12inch ball is the standard with a lot of youth leagues. After World War 2. The US Women’s team has won all three softball gold medals awarded in the sport. softball was introduced to Australia. women’s softball hit its highest peak when it became an Olympic medal event. In 1977. it was estimated that more than five million people played softball. The first women’ fastpitch world championships were played in 1965 in Melbourne. Canada soldiers introduced softball to the Netherlands. The size of the field varies with age and between the fastpitch and slowpitch games. Australia.S. Unfortunately during the last meeting of the International Olympic Committee. the IOC funded a landmark biomechanical study on pitching during the games. Since 1951. The pitching rubber is anywhere from 35 to 50 feet from home plate and the distance between bases ranged from 55 to 65 feet. In 1939. The US women’s team has won six out of the eight tournaments. The first men’s world championships were played a year later in Mexico City. The 1996 Olympics also marked a key era in the introduction of technology in softball. The host team won the five –team competition.
. More than 25 million people in the United States alone now actively play the game of softball. The Association brought rules that became standardized and were needed to the game. The first British women’s softball league was established in 1983. softball world championship tournaments have been played every four years. the Amateur Softball Association was founded in the fall of 1933. During the next seven years.