Fastpitch Softball Is Exciting and Different From Baseball

I am the proud parent of a pitcher. My daughter plays softball. She does fastpitch softball pitching. I have to say she is very good. She started at a young age. She was six when she first took the field. My husband took her to a game when she was five and she was fascinated by the softball pitching. After that she was hooked. We watched a lot of softball pitching through the years. She particularly liked the fastpitch softball pitching as she was growing up. When she was old enough, the fastpitch softball pitching was what she wanted to do. When the summer Olympics are on, you can’t tear her away from the TV during the women’s fastpitch softball games. We all watch actually.

What is the difference between regular softball pitching compared to fastpitch softball pitching? The main thing is the windmill. You underhand throw in softball pitching. It looks a little crazy if you are used to baseball pitching. You do the same in fastpitch softball pitching, but with the windmill motion. That looks crazier still. The windmill motion is a circular motion where the snap release is key. The ball spins at the release. This makes fastpitch softball pitching more exciting to watch then regular softball pitching. That’s why my daughter is so obsessed with it. I’m hoping it helps her get a scholarship for college.

We have turned into quite the softball family because of our girl. We should own stock in softball baseball equipment. There is softball sports equipment in all areas of our house, even the bathroom. We seem to purchase softball baseball equipment every time we turn around. It can get quite expensive, but we see it as an investment in our daughter’s future. That being said, it is dangerous sometimes at our house. Softballs come rolling out at you from everywhere. I cannot tell you how many times I have tripped over softballs and almost broken my neck. We have baskets for all the softballs, but they never stay put. Our dog may actually have something to with that.

We also have a lot of other softball sports equipment. My daughter likes Nokona softball mitts. She has played with Nokona softball mitts since she started. She will only shop the Nokona site for her softball mitts. This is the only softball sports equipment she is that loyal too though. Softball bats are a different story. She has played with wood softball bats and metal softball bats. She tried the carbon fiber softball bats, but wasn’t that impressed. Mostly she plays with a metal one as do most of the other girls on her team. I’m just happy that the bats and mitts are better behaved softball baseball equipment then the balls. At least these pieces of softball baseball equipment stay where they are put.

I have to say that it has been exciting watching our daughter grow as a softball pitcher. The game has taught her teamwork and responsibility. Both these attributes will serve her well in life. I look forward to watching her games these next two years of high school and at the college she chooses. Who knows, maybe one day we will be able to watch h

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Fastpitch Softball: Things You May Not Know

The game of softball was invented in 1887 in Chicago. Because it was originally played indoors, it was referred to as “indoor baseball” until 1926 when the game was officially called “softball.” The name suggests that the ball is soft but, in reality, a fastpitch softball is as hard as a baseball. Slow pitch softballs can be slightly softer.

Due to softball’s original indoor location, the original dimensions of its playing area were smaller than that of a baseball field. The size has remained constant: the bases, at the corners of a diamond, are 60′ apart compared to baseball’s 90′. Consequently, the distance from the pitcher’s rubber to home plate is also shorter: 46′ for men and 43′ for women as compared to 60′ 6″ in baseball. Regulation fastpitch softball games are 7 innings long compared to baseball’s 9.

Fastpitch softballs are slightly larger than baseballs and may be 11″ or 12″ in diameter. A baseball is about 9″. When softball was invented, a 16″ ball was used and the fielders did not use gloves. That tradition carries on today in Chicago. Fastpitch softballs weigh 6.5 ounces while baseballs weigh 5 ounces. While softballs may be white like baseballs, since 2002, the official color of the fastpitch softball has been “optic yellow,” similar to tennis balls.

Unlike baseball, fastpitch softball bats may not be made of wood. Regulations require the bats be made of aluminum. (Fastpitch) softball gloves are slightly larger than baseball gloves in order to accommodate the larger softballs.

One of the obvious differences between softball and baseball is the way the ball is pitched to the batter. In fastpitch softball, the pitcher delivers the ball in an underhand, or windmill, motion. But the speed of the ball and the challenge it presents to the batter is amazingly similar to baseball! It’s common for fastpitch softball pitchers to reach speeds of 60 mph or more with their throws. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, a pitch was recorded at 73 mph and, at the college level, speeds of 65-70 mph are common. Fastpitch pitchers can also make the ball move in many different ways like a baseball pitcher; pitchers at the high school level and higher can throw underhanded curveballs and sliders. Because the fastpitch softball pitching distance is 14″ or 17″ shorter than the distance for baseball, a softball traveling at 60-70 mph allows the batter about the same reaction time as in baseball. By the way, in both sports, the batter has about a half second or less to decide whether or not to swing!

Slow pitch softball is more widely played than the fastpitch variety. The pitches are slowly tossed at the batter in a high arc which makes contact easier. The game requires less skill to play than fastpitch softball. Moreover, rules may be modified to make the game more accessible to folks of all abilities and age groups.

At the collegiate level, the NCAA governs play between universities. From July 11-14, 2013, players from around the world competed in the 2013 World Cup Of Softball which is a fastpitch tournament involving 5 countries: Japan, Canada, the U.S.A., Puerto Rico and Australia. This was the eighth World Cup and the games were played in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

While a softball is slightly larger than a baseball, a fastpitch softball is not necessarily easier to hit. The shorter pitching distance, comparable ball speed and variety of pitches make the duel between the pitcher and batter of both sports very similar. There is a world of difference between slow pitch softball and baseball but the gap between fastpitch softball and baseball with regard to the pitcher/batter matchup is negligible.

Hi. My name is Mike and I have been involved with softball for over 20 years. For a visual demonstration of the comparison between fastpitch softball pitching and baseball pitching discussed above, watch the video contained in this same article @ []. You’ll be amazed. With regard to another softball game, I believe, slow pitch softball has been responsible for bringing more people together in a competitive and healthy way than any other sport. While women’s and men’s leagues were once the norm, today, co-ed slow pitch softball leagues are the most popular sports recreational activity for adults. Just a

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