What is it?
Softball is similar to baseball, but played on a smaller field and with a ball that is pitched underhand and that is larger and softer than a baseball.
The object of the game is to score more runs (points) than the other team by batting (hitting) a ball into play and running around the bases, touching each one in order trying to get back to home base where you bat the ball, doing so scores you one run. The team with the most runs after a set amount of innings (times when you hit the ball) wins!
Why is it good for me?
Softball is a great sport to get out and enjoy the outdoors that isn’t too physically demanding. With practice you’ll improve your hand-eye co-ordination, agility and concentration level to be hitting balls out of the park in no time. Don’t forget, just like any team sport there are great friendships that could be made. But you won’t know that till you try it out!
How much will it cost me?
If you contact a club they should allow you to come down to a training session as a taster session to see if the sport is for you. If you decide to carry on playing then you will be asked to pay a one off subscription fee to help cover team costs.
First though check if your school has a team, this may be a cheaper way to begin playing!
What do I need to play?
To begin playing all you will need in comfortable clothes that provide enough movement (t-shirt, trackpants or tights). Playing equipment such as bats, fielding gloves, balls and helmets should be provided.
If you carry on playing and as you get better, you may want to purchase your own playing equipment.