About Softball - Rules, Regulations and FAQs

Rather than go into massive details about softball rules and regulations (they are on the pdf below), here are some of the more common questions answered...

Is softball basically the same as rounders?

Serious people will spit at this but, actually, the basics of softball are similar to rounders, played by many as kids at school i.e hit a ball with a bat and run. But softball is a much more structured game involving regulation bats, padded gloves, bases, a language of its own, and an entire rule book.

Is softball an easy game to learn to play?

Yes, absolutely. On joining a team there will be players who will be able to teach you the basics, which can take just a few minutes. But one of the best ways to learn is just to start playing and pick it up as you go along. Even though there can be many rules (just like any team sport) the vast majority apply for unusual situations and anyway, it's normally the umpire's job to sort them out! Indoor coaching is available January to April.

How many players are in a team?

Teams must have a minimum of 10 (best to have at least 16-20 people to call on). There are at least 5 girls to 5 boys. At any one time only 10 players may field in a 5:5 ratio, but more are allowed to bat.

Is softball expensive?

Softball is generally regarded as one of the less expensive participative team sports around. Most established teams already have their own kit so you wouldn’t need to buy an expensive bat or glove. Many players buy their own glove (prices range from £20-£90 or as little as £10 on eBay) and pay an annual subscription if they are going to join a team on a regular basis. Some teams have their own strip which may involve a purchase too. Actual playing costs e.g. tournaments, leagues etc. when split between all the players are nominal.

What is the banned bat list?

It's a list of banned bats! They are banned because they are not approved for use. All bats must be marked with ASA approval. In simple terms they allow people to hit the ball too hard and fast. It's a safety issue. There is a pdf to download below.

How do I join?

Go to the contact page and follow the instructions :)

Softball Downloads

Here's some useful stuff for you to download...

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