some people say that it should be the size of your hip. if you put the top of the softball bat on the ground making it parallel with your leg, it should be the size of your leg up to your hip. only some say that. mine is 33 in and it still doesn't reach my hip, so there you go. hope that helps.
Typically the style of pitching used is called 'Windmill.' This is when a pitcher brings her arm from the starting position of in the glove in front of her, above her head, and around to make a circle then releasing the ball around the waist/leg area. This can be used in fast or slow pitching softball.
slowpitch: i don't know fastpitch: right handed: you drive off the mound with your right leg toward the target with the left leg out in front, you rotate your hip to the right side and move your arm in a windmill motion, and snap your wrist at your hip while turning back towards the target while staying tall. all of this should be in one motion and not choppy. fastpitch: left handed: leg and rotation of hip are opposite
No they don't have to it is used more as a timing mechanism for release as well as to distract the hitter.
I play softball, and from personal experience, walk-offs, wrist snaps, and pitching with a weighted ball really helped me gain streangth and speed. Walk-offs is when you walk into ur pitching motion, thus helping you kick your leg out farther, and giving you more speed. For the wrist snaps, its basicly holding your arm and pushing the ball into a net with only your wrist, no arm motions or anything. You can buy a weighted ball at any sporting goods place, and you can also use it in any drill.
Softball skills will be needing the abductor and adductor muscles of the leg, The core muscles is important for rotational movement (batting, throwing). Lats and tricep musles for overhead throw, deltoids for pitching, and forearm for grips
Catchers leg guards are the same for both sports
There are several muscles working when pitching. Starts of with the abductor muscles when striding. leg muscles such as the calf, quads and hamstring work when push of happens. then shoulder girdle, lats and biceps work as arms rotate. Core muscles work for rotation
you can break a blood vessel in your leg just by hitting it a couple times or even when you are exercising and pull it and it pops... you cannot feel it at all for example earlier today when i was playing softball i was pitching and i had hit my leg 3 or 4 times and now i have red blotches all over my upper thigh
the knee that you put under your other leg
No. Softball is not safe because if you slide you can sprang your ankle the ball is to hard and what if you have metal cleats and you slide into the catcher that could damage the catchers leg.
It depends on if there right or left handed. if they are right handed than the right leg if they are left handed than the left leg