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Softball Rules Simplified

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' apart and when joined they form a "diamond", inside the baseline is known as the infield
  • Outside the baseline but inside the playing field is called the outfield.
  • Any ball going outside the 1st or 3rd base line is 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 both teams have had their turn to bat)

PITCHING

  • The pitcher must have both feet on the pitcher's 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 batter's box

BASE RUNNING

  • Runners must touch each base in order
  • Runners may overrun 1st base only, all other bases the runner may be tagged and called out if they are off the base.
  • Runners can not lead off a base, they must be on base until the ball has went past home plate
  • After a fly ball has been caught the base runner must tag the occupied base before advancing to the next base
  • One base runner can not pass another base runner that is ahead of them.
  • Stealing a base is not permitted
  • A runner is out if:
a. they are tagged with the ball before reaching a base b. the ball gets to 1st base before the runner c. they run more than 3 feet out of the base line to avoid being tagged

TERMS:

  • Ball- a legally pitched ball that does not enter the 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 next base to make room for the following base runner.
  • Fly ball- ball hit up in the air to the outfield
  • On deck- the next batter
  • Pop up- ball hit up in the air to the infield
  • Strike- term used when a ball is swung at and missed or is called when the ball enters the strike zone and is not swung at all.
  • Strike zone- the ball passes the batter over the plate between their chest and knees
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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' apart and when joined they form a "diamond", inside the baseline is known as the infield
  • Outside the baseline but inside the playing field is called the outfield.
  • Any ball going outside the 1st or 3rd base line is 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 both teams have had their turn to bat)

PITCHING

  • The pitcher must have both feet on the pitcher's 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 batter's box

BASE RUNNING

  • Runners must touch each base in order
  • Runners may overrun 1st base only, all other bases the runner may be tagged and called out if they are off the base.
  • Runners can not lead off a base, they must be on base until the ball as left the pitcher's 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 can not pass another base runner that is ahead of them.
  • Stealing a base is not permitted
  • A runner is out if:

a. they are tagged with the ball before reaching a base

b. the ball gets to 1st base before the runner

c. they run more than 3 feet out of the base line to avoid being tagged

TERMS:

  • Ball- a legally pitched ball that does not enter the 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 next base to make room for the following base runner.
  • Fly ball- ball hit up in the air to the infield
  • On deck- the next batter
  • Pop up- ball hit up in the air to the infield
  • Strike- term used when a ball is swung at and missed or is called when the ball enters the strike zone and is not swung at all.
  • Strike zone- the ball passes the batter over the plate between their chest and knees

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12y ago

Well.. Girls get the same rules as boys..

*The batter gets only 3 tries to bat the ball.

*The pitcher can only pitch the ball underhand.

*You can not duck down when the pitcher releases the ball.

And e.t.c

I'm sure there's many more rules.

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9y ago

The three main rules of softball include all batters must wear a helmet, no jewelry allowed except for medical bracelets, and a player's foot must remain on the bag until the pitcher has released the ball when stealing. Batting order needs to be followed throughout the game.

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12y ago

It's pretty much like Baseball...

For basic rules you can touch the bases to get a runner out only if there is a force. if there's no force than you have to tag the runner. The runner can't interfere with the play but the player can't block the baseline if there isn't a play. The only difference than baseball is that girls can't lead off because the pitcher isn't able to pick the runner off. This is because the pitcher pitches in a loop-de-loop sort of way. Everything else is the same.

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14y ago

there are many rules some of them are

pitchers cant wear white in some leagues

face-masks on helmets

no spiked cletes

facemasks in field for 3rd basemen (depends on league)

those are just a hand ful

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10 players that are to old to play baseball get together and drink beer.

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11y ago

You can steel only in 10u and up.you can bunt,slab,kid pitch,you dont have to call time after every play

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10y ago

they are the same as in baseball

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