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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.

rules of rounders
Rules of “Rounders”

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


rules of fast pitch softball
Rules of Fast pitch Softball

For official NCAA Softball rules, go to


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

base runner.

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

batting order
Batting Order

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.

batting order continued
Batting Order Continued

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

different situations.

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.

positions continued
Positions Continued

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.

benefits of being on a team
Benefits of being on a team

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

B- Friendships

C- Self-esteem

D- Exercise/health

E- Competition

F- Other

# Of students who named this

as a benefit

my coaching philosophy
My Coaching philosophy

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,


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

found in Marzano.


Analyze how behavior can impact health maintenance and disease prevention.

Explain the impact of personal health behaviors on the functioning of body systems

Analyze how the family, peers and community influence the health of individuals

iste standards
ISTE Standards

Demonstrate introductory knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to technology

Design developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners.