2010-11 season as required by the NFHS
the pitching distance varies by the age group. for 10 and under (10U) teams or tournaments, the pitching distance is 35 feet from the apex of the plate to the pitching rubber. for 12U - 15U the distance is 40 feet. for older girls, the distance is in the process of changing. since the college and Olympic pitching distance is 43 feet, the high school distance is changing from 40 to 43 feet. different states are making the switch at different times. http://www.piaa.org/news/details.aspx?ID=1900 <<map of which states are changing when for high school. for travel/tournament teams, the pitching distance is also changing. currently (march 6, 2010), 18U and 23U pitch from 43 feet, while 16U and under are still at 40. this is changing soon though, and the 16U teams will also pitch from 43 feet.
For ASA/NSA Girls 10U (10 years old and under): 35 feet 12U, 14U, 16U: 40 feet 18U, and older: 43 feet For High School (in most states): 40 feet For College: 43 feet
This is determined by each states high school association. What state are you asking about?
I assume you are referring to the international tie breaking procedure. It can be used as a state adoption. Please check with your states high school athletic association to see if they have adopted the rule.
In the United States, the answer is yes. High school girls have played sports like field hockey, gymnastics, softball, and basketball.
Most high school and 18U and under summer ball is 40ft (however some states and leagues have moved back to 43ft) College and Olympic is 43ft
In softball pitching the pitcher is only allowed one big step because the rule states that prior to the pitch both feet should be on the pitcher's plate and during the pitch one foot should be on the plate before ball is released. you can check the basics of pitching here: http://www.softballperformance.com/softball-pitching/coaching-softball-pitching.html
Softball is by far the most popular in the United States. But Softball is on the rise in Japan, China, and Australia.
The United States of America
softball is played all around the world, but is especially big in the western united states