I believe what you were told is correct
Yes it is part of the plate.
black is not an official part of the plate
Back about 8 yrs ago when I was an ASA umpire, the ruling was that the ball was dead if it hit the plate.
A softball mat is similar to home plate except it is movable, as the plate is drilled into the ground
What is the size of home plate in men's softball?
Yes, it is scored as a home run.
After the softball has crossed over that home plate.
From the tip of the plate to the edge of the rubber closest to the plate.
same as baseball
47.912 feet from pitcher to home plate
offense is when you are batting on home plate
The answer is 10m
it depends on what division
It is two 7 feet by 3 feet boxes (one on each side of home plate) that the batter must stand in to attempt to hit a pitched ball.
In softball every time someone crosses home plate and they are safe, you get one run.
Softball doesn't have a raised mound. In fast pitch softball, there is a circle with an 8 foot diameter drawn around the pitcher's plate.
There is no pitcher's mound in softball, just a flat plate. In fast pitch softball, a circle with an 8 foot radius is drawn around the plate. Also see the related question.
The distance is always measured from the point or tip of the plate.