Softball: It Gets You out of the House 2 Nights a Week

A pic of me after we won it all in 2008! Hopefully we can win it again this fall after getting knocked out in the finals last year.
A pic of me after we won it all in 2008! Hopefully we can win it again this fall after getting knocked out in the finals last year.

A Little about Softball

I have been playing softball for almost 10 years now! I have always been a really good power hitter, and played baseball for 15 years. The softball league that I play and is a moderately competitive slow pitch league recognized by the ASA.( Amateur Softball Association of America)

Through the years you get a good sense of what type of equipment to use, as it is not exactly the same as baseball. I have also noticed that not everyone who is great baseball can be great at softball as well. In slow pitch leagues, the ball has a huge arc, and you don't swing exactly the same as you would in baseball with fast pitching. It's a different technique, and can be quite frustrating for the natural fastball hitter. Arcs on pitches have a ceiling of 15 feet! that's pretty high when you start to think about.

You may want to also consider getting a new glove if you're joining a softball league. Softballs are obviously much bigger than baseballs, and could make it difficult to effectively catch with your existing baseball glove.

A baseballs dimensions are as follows:

A baseball is "9 to 9.25 inches or 22.86 to 23.495 centimeters in circumference.

The baseball generally weighs between 5 and 5.25 ounces

Softball Dimensions can vary:

The size of the ball varies according to the classification of play. The two sizes of softballs are 12" (30.5 cm) and 11" (27.9 cm). In fast Pitch 12" is standard but in slow pitch 11" or 12" can be used.

For a 12" ball the min weight is 178.0g (6 1/4oz.) and a max of 198.4g (7 oz.) and for an 11" ball 166.5g (5 7/8oz.) is the min and 173.6g (6 1/8oz.) is the max.


Great Products to improve your Softball Game

Easton 5-Foot Pop-Up Multi-Sport Training Net
Easton 5-Foot Pop-Up Multi-Sport Training Net

Have a budding soccer star, big league pitcher, or quarterback in your midst? Pick up Easton's 5-foot pop-up training net, an ideal practice aid for any sport in which accuracy matters (most of them, in other words). The net sets up in a variety of configurations: a catch net that's great for batting practice or working on your soccer fundamentals; a goal for lacrosse, field hockey, and similar sports; and a target that helps refine your pitching/QB skills. The net even comes with an adjustable, removable target hole, letting you finely hone your pitch location or work on your long-distance passing touch. And thanks to the net's durable steel flatwire construction, the unit will stay upright and secure regardless of how often you use it.

Remarkably easy to set up and take down, the net comes with two breakdown poles with individual pockets, along with four ground stakes for stability. And best of all, the net is completely portable, with a folding design that fits in a 29-inch circular carrying bag. Want to train at the park rather than the backyard? Not a problem. Measuring 5 feet wide by 5 feet tall, the training net is backed by a 90-day warranty.

 
Easton Easton Tote Bag, Black
Easton Easton Tote Bag, Black

* Holds up to two bats

* Features metal hanging fence clip and interior valuables pocket

* Interior Valueables Pocket

* 600D polyester/embossed PVC construction

* 36" L x 7" W x 9" H

This Easton bat bag has a separate bat compartment that will securely hold two baseball or softball bats. With a metal hanging fence clip and interior valuables pocket this is one of Easton's most popular bat bags.

 
Easton SYNERGY SPEED Slowpitch Softball Bat (34 Inch/28 Oz)
Easton SYNERGY SPEED Slowpitch Softball Bat (34 Inch/28 Oz)

* 12" Barrel length, slightly end loaded for increased power

* Easton's focused Flex handle technology

* Patented IMX Composite Technology utilizes the best materials, design and manufacturing process

* 400 Day Manufacturer's Warranty

* Meets all 2009 Bat Performance Standards - ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, ISF and SSUSA

 
DeMarini J2 TFS Slowpitch Softball Bat (34- Inch/27-Ounce)
DeMarini J2 TFS Slowpitch Softball Bat (34- Inch/27-Ounce)

* Hub Endcap-Internal end-cap pushes the Hub of Energy to the sweet spot of the bat

* Pitch Black Stacked composite Barrel: Maximum sweet spot with the strongest and thinnest wall of tightest composite weave. Pitch Black Plus Handle:

* Half and Half technology

* The Fly Swatter

Demarini J2 "The Fly Swatter" has our Pitch Black stacked barrel design and patented Demarini half and half two piece construction. Clutch end cap design, Slight end-loaded weight disribution, variegated comfort grip, rotation index, and approved for play in all associations. (ASA, USSSA, ISA and NSA)

 
Rawlings RS1408 Renegade Series 14 inch Softball Glove RHT
Rawlings RS1408 Renegade Series 14 inch Softball Glove RHT

* For Right Handed Throwers (glove goes on left hand)

* Material: Full Grain Leather Shell

* Webbing: Basket Web formed by interwoven leather strips to provide strength, durability, and flexibility.

* Backing: Flex Lock Back with VELCRO brand Strap

* User: Adult

Rawlings RS1408 Renegade Series 14 inch Softball Utility Glove. This model features a Flex Lock Back with VELCRO brand strap as well as a Basket Web. Made of full grain leather, the glove also boasts leather laces and adjustment straps.

 

For the Ladies out there....

Most Men's leagues allow female players on them. In the rare case that they don't, there are tons of really good, fun and/or competitive leagues that are co-ed or Women's only!

Dimensions of a Softball Diamond

Outfield fences can range from 210 feet to 290 feet
Outfield fences can range from 210 feet to 290 feet

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Joining a League

There are a few things you may want to consider before joining a softball league.

*League Lineup is a great web site to help you find leagues in your area. Check it out whenever you have a few minutes to get some great knowledge on softball leagues.

*Joining a Softball league usually costs money. Find out what the costs may be per player in a league near you. Finding a local business to sponsor your team may be the best way to go.

*Having the proper equipment is essential for being in a league. If you are forming a team, you will need the following item(s):

-3 Base Bags

-A clipboard with scoring book

-A few community bats for the team to use

-A minimum of 15 Brand new game balls for the season (2 are usually required for the start of every game when you are playing as the home team) Make sure you know which brand/type of softball your league uses before you go out and buy a bunch of them.

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