Search
Related Links




 

 

Informative Articles

Ness Notes (Jan 3)
The bowl season is just about over, with only tonight's Orange Bowl (Fla St/Penn St) and Wednesday's Rose Bowl (not sure who's playing in that one?) remaining. Through the first 10 bowls, favorites won each game but were just 5-5 ATS....

Slider - Sports Game for Kids
A slider can be an effective pitch and is often easier to throw than a curve. Start slow and mix it up. Practice the slider gently and easily at first. Slowly build up speed over time. Never go through a pitching warm-up throwing only sliders. Mix...

Texas Holdem Poker Legends
Stu Ungar is considered by most to the greatest No Limit Texas Holdem Poker player ever. The three times World Poker Champion was born in New York in 1953 and began playing poker before reaching his teens. The young gambler started out...

The Boston Red Sox win the World Series championship, its sixth championship win, but first since 1918.
Itís what they have been waiting for. The Boston Red Sox wrapped up their four-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 3-0 victory in Game 4. The 86 year stretch between World Series championships is finally over and the World Series Trophy has found...

The Way You Perform Your Workout Program
Workout or exercise is important both for your body and mind but have you ever considered how you're actually doing your workout program? Whatever you do, if you are involved in a sport or activity that has potential for injury, specifically...

 
The Art Of Playing Softball

In today's sports, softball is considered to be the most common sport that is able to accumulate approximately 56 million Americans who will vie for anything just to be able to play this well-loved game in a year.

Before, softball was considered as a game only for women, but later on gained acceptance and was widely played by more players regardless of their respective genders.

Basically, the concept behind this very competitive game is for a player, known as the batter, to hit the ball thrown by another player, known as the pitcher.

The ring-shaped rod being used to hit the ball is identified as a bat. To be able to score in the game, the batter has to run and tap the four bases in the playing field after hitting the ball.

In reality, the mechanics of softball is not at all different to that of baseball. Though, they also differ in some ways like the ball's size, the way the ball is being thrown, the size of the playing field, and the number of innings in a given game.

Basically, there are two types of softball: fastpitch and slowpitch. Fastpitch is, generally, focused on the pitcher.

In this game, the chance of winning the game is based on the ability of the pitcher to release the ball at utmost velocity in an even curve, thus, making it very hard to hit. With this kind of ball delivery, the batter is usually blasted with numerous ground balls and strikeout cases.

The next type of softball is the slowpitch. Here, the batter gains more confidence in winning the game. However, the slowpitch softball is still dependent on the pitcher, whether he or she is an offensive pitcher or a defensive one.

The offensive pitcher is usually employed when playing informal sets of games. The bottom line here is that the game is more of a social function


rather than being on its bloodthirsty field actions.

The defensive pitcher, on the other hand, is normally used in most slowpitch games. Here, it is required for a thrown ball to define a curve with the highest point slightly over the batter's head.

Because of this condition, the pitcher is made to throw the ball in such a slower pace so as to define the said curve. That is why most batters achieve considerable scores in this kind of softball.

Consequently, softball is based on this concept of hitting the ball and pitching that the score can be identified. A score can only be achieved if a player makes one complete rotation in the four bases.

Accordingly, the batter is considered out or is no longer allowed to hit the ball when he or she had accumulated three strikes, was hit by the ball or by the glove that contains the ball, the fielder touched the base even before the batter gets close to it, and when the ball hit by the batter was caught by a fielder and had not yet touched the ground.

The conditions of the ball being pitched and hit and the position of the players in the field while playing softball are all being decided by umpires. They render their decisions through the use of hand signals.

Indeed, softball is a more modern way of playing baseball. But the reason why most players appreciate softball more than the baseball game is that softball is a game that requires a combination of constant force and power at the same time use of strong mind power coupled with skills and determination. It is certainly an art playing softball.

About the author:

James Monahan is the owner and Senior Editor of SoftballHub.com and writes expert articles about softball.

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.