Softball By Megan Reynolds History Originally called “Rounders” or “Townball”. Played in England as early as the 16th Century. Used sticks and a ball made of leather. Each time a defender successfully returned to the Castle, he scored for his team. The game would end after each
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Originally called “Rounders” or “Townball”.
Played in England as early as the 16th Century.
Used sticks and a ball made of leather.
Each time a defender successfully returned to the Castle, he scored for his team.
The game would end after each
team had been “In” the same
number of times.
There was no limit to number of
“In”ings, only nightfall and exhaustion.
The “Striker” (batter) had no limit on the number of swings.
Any hit (even a tip) counted.
Runners ran clockwise.
Runners could run anywhere outside of the “Sanctuaries” (bases).
“Striker” was out if ball was caught in the air or on one bounce.
Runner was out if hit with a thrown ball.
“Rounders” was developed into baseball.
Softball is a version of baseball created in the beginning of the 20th century.
Became popular in the US in the 1930’s.
First national amateur
tournament held in 1933.
Slow-pitch created in the
For official NCAA Softball rules, go to http://www.sportsknowhow.com/softball/rules/ncaa-softball.html
Ball- A legally pitched ball that does not enter the strike zone.
Grounder- A ball that is hit
on the ground.
Force out- When the runner
has to advance to the next base
to make room for the following
Fly ball- Ball hit up in the air.
On deck- The next batter.
Pop up- Ball hit up in the air to the infield
Strike- Term used when a ball is swung at and missed or in the strike zone but not swung at.
Strike Zone- The ball passes the batter over the plate between their chest and knees
First Batter: Quick, able to get on base often, good eye at the plate.
Second Batter: Good bat control, able to bunt, good speed, able to hit behind the runner.
Third Batter: Power hitter, able to pull the ball, most consistent hitter.
Fourth Batter: Power hitter, most power and potential to drive in runners, one of the two bet hitters on the team.
Fifth Batter: Same characteristics as number four, but slightly weaker, slower than number four.
Sixth Batter: Power hitter, weaker than three previous batters, decent speed.
Seventh Batter: Like number two hitter, able to execute a hit and run.
Eighth Batter: One of the
weakest hitters, decent
Ninth Batter: Able to be a
lead off batter, weak hitter,
better speed than number eight.
Pitcher: Key position for the team, carries the most pressure. The pitcher must be confident and able to perform in stressful situations
Catcher: Must be responsible
and know what to do in
First basemen: Good at catching
and judging balls, must be able
to cover a wide range of area
to catch balls.
Second basemen: Must be able to cover their area and both second and first base.
Shortstop: Good at fielding, quickly throwing the ball, and good at backing up other positions.
Third base: Strong arm, quick release, able to cover third in stressful situations.
Left field: Good at catching on the run, covering third base, and making long throws.
Center field: Must be fast, able to cover a majority of the outfield, leader in the outfield.
Right field: Good at catching on the run, must back up first base, good arm.
I asked 50 students to name some of the benefits they received by being on a team. Here is how they responded:
A- Builds Character
# Of students who named this
as a benefit
I will adapt to the team and players that I am working with, I will have an open line of communication with the players, and I will choose who will be out on the field based on skill, attitude and work ethic.
Picture of the Nebraska Wesleyan University Softball team. To learn more about this team,
go to, http://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/athletics/softball/index.php
In this presentation, the athletes will learn about softball and how it originated. They will compare softball to “Rounders,” so they will be comparing by finding similarities and differences which is learning technique
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