SOFTBALL. Getting to know it better…. History Player Positions Skills Equipment Rules and Regulations References Analysis Reflections. HOW IT ALL BEGAN
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Getting to know it better…
Rules and Regulations
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The game of softball originated in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, 1887. A group of about twenty young men had gathered in the gymnasium of the Farragut Boat Club in order to hear the outcome of the Harvard-Yale football game. After Yale’s victory was announced and bets were paid off, a man picked up a stray boxing glove and threw it at someone, who hit it with a pole.
George Hancock, usually considered the inventor of softball, shouted, “Let’s play ball!” He tied the boxing glove so that it resembled a ball, chalked out a diamond on the floor (smaller dimensions than those of a baseball field in order to fit the gym) and broke off a broom handle to serve as a bat. What proceeded was an odd, smaller version of baseball. That game is now, 111 years later, known as the first softball game. Softball may have seen its death on the day of its birth if Hancock had not been so fascinated by it. In one week, he created an oversized ball and an undersized rubber-tipped bat and went back to the gym to paint permanent white foul lines on the floor. After he wrote new rules and named the sport indoor baseball, a more organized, yet still new, game was played. Its popularity was immediate.
SOFTBALL PLAYER POSITIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PitcherThrows the softball from the center of the diamond (pitcher's mound) to the catcher. The pitcher uses an underarm motion to pitch the ball toward the "strike zone". After making a pitch, the pitcher gets ready to field balls hit up the middle.
CatcherPlays in a semi-crouched position behind home plate and receives pitches thrown by the pitcher. Also receives throws from fielders attempting to make outs at home plate.
Positioned just to the left of the first base. Her main role is to make fielding plays on balls hit toward first base.
Plays in the gap between the bag at second and the first baseman. Receives throws from fielders attempting to make outs at 2nd base and fields “grounders” and “pop ups” hit to this side of the infield.
Fields the balls hit to the infield between second and third base. She covers second base (along with the second baseman) and is often involved in force plays and “double plays” with the second baseman.
Third Baseman Plays to the left of third base and covers any plays there. Receives throws from other fielders attempting to make outs at 3rd base.
Outfielders (Left, Right, and Center) Positioned beyond the infield, they catch and field “fly balls,” line drives, and ground balls hit into the outfield.
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