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A guide to the lifelong

sport of softball

Topeka KS 66621
1801 SW Jewell 157
Katy Meckley
Softball
• Bat
• Batting Helmet
• Balls
By Katy Meckley
• Cleats
• Uniform
• Batting Gloves A Basic Guide to the Life
• Catching Equipment
Long Sport of Softball!

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Name
o Glove
o Helmet
o Chest Guard
o Shin Guard
o Knee Savers
• Glove

Internet Sites
www.softball.com
www.asasoftball.com
www.asasoftball.com

Books
Softball Skills and Drills By Judi Garman
The Softball Pitching Edge By Cheri Kempf NOT AS “SOFT” AS YOU
Softball Fundamentals By Rick Noren
THINK!
• HOW
Ball- TO
a legally CUSTOMIZE
pitched ball that does not enter the WORKING WITH BREAKS OTHER BROCHURE TIPS
THIS BROCHURE
strike zone (four balls equals a walk)
• Grounder- A ball that is hit on the ground
• Force out- when the runner has to advance to the • Batters must follow the same order
next base to make room for the following base throughout the whole game
• There are 9 players on a softball team.
runner. • The batter is out if and when:
• The playing field is divided into the infield and
• FlyABOUT
ball- ball hitTHE “PICTURE”
up in the air to the infield
outfield
• OnFONTS
deck- the next batter a) three strikes have been called
• The lines between the bases are 60’ apart and
• Pop up- ball hit up in the air to the infield
when joined they form a “diamond”, inside the
• Strike- term used when a ball is swung at and b) a fly ball is caught
baseline is known as the infield
missed or is called when the ball enters the strike
• Outside the baseline but inside the playing field is
zone and is not swung at all. c) the batter does not stand in the
called the outfield.
• Strike zone- the ball passes the batter over the batter’s box
• Any ball going outside the 1st or 3rd base line is
plate between their chest and knees
a foul ball ( runners can not advance and the
batter gets another try unless the ball was caught
in the air, which translates to an out)
• An official game is 7 innings (a inning is when • Runners must touch each base in order
Infielders: • Runners may overrun 1st base only, all other
Pitcher: pitch the ball so that the batter must attempt to both teams have had their turn to bat)
hit it. bases the runner may be tagged and called out if
Catcher: Catch or block all balls the batter misses. they are off the base.
First base: Catch every ball thrown to first base and • Runners can not lead off a base, they must be on
contact the base. base until the ball as left the pitcher’s hand
Second base: Cover second base if not fielding the ball • After a fly ball has been caught the base runner
yourself. must tag the occupied base before advancing to
Third base: Cover third base, even if the play is not to
the next base
that base.
Shortstop: Cover second and third bases when these • One base runner can not pass another base
players are runner that is ahead of them.
drawn in the play. • Stealing a base is not permitted
Outfielders: • A runner is out if:
Left field: Back up all batted and thrown balls to the left Company Name
• a. they are tagged with the ball
side of the Street Address
• The pitcher must have both feet on the pitcher’s before reaching a base
infield. Address 2
Center field: Back up all thrown and batted balls rubber and can only take one step forward while• b. the ball gets to 1st base before the
pitching. runner City, ST ZIP Code
through the center of the infield.
Right field: Back up batted balls to the right of the • The ball must be thrown underhand. • c. they run more than 3 feet out of the
infield. • Both hands must be on the ball at the start of the Phone
base line to avoid (555)555-0125
being tagged
pitch. Fax (555)555-0145
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