The infield is made up of six players, who are numbered in the scorebook as follows: pitcher (1), catcher (2), first-base player (3), second-base player (4), third-base player (5), and shortstop (6). The term "infield" includes the pitchers who are on the field during a play at any one of those positions. A double play is recorded when the batter reaches first base safely because there are two out and the catcher turns to face first base while the second baseman covers **second base**.

The order that they come from behind the plate is significant because it determines which way the double play will go. If the pitcher is thrown out then the double play will be straight into **center field**; if the catcher is thrown out then the double play will be into third base. This means that if you are betting on whether or not a double play will be turned then you should figure that it will go the other way about half the time.

A force out occurs when a runner attempts to advance beyond a certain distance without being tagged by the ball. For example, if the batter hits a line drive down the left-field line and there is no one in that direction then he has scored a run and forced out **the left fielder**.

The infield is comprised of a smooth dirt surface with four diamond-shaped bases. Pitcher (1), Catcher (2), First Base (3), Second Base (4), Third Base (5), and Shortstop are the six players that make up the infield and are numbered appropriately in the scorebook: Pitcher (1), Catcher (2), First Base (3), Second Base (4), Third Base (5), and Shortstop (6). There is no Fourth Base in slow pitch.

The outfield is also made up of a smooth dirt surface with **two boundary lines** and six points where the ball can be caught: Left Field (1) and Right Field (2). There are no gaps between fields in slow pitch; all parts of the area used for playing baseball are considered part of the field of play. The batter stands in the "box" when batting, and this area is usually defined by **the three corners** of the base path (**home plate** to first base as they pass the bat during each step of the batting swing) or simply by home plate if there is no box.

In addition to these nine players, one additional player enters the game as a pinch-runner and one as a substitute pitcher. A pinch-hitter is called upon by the manager to replace one of his pitchers who is being relieved. The pinch-hitter will then take the place of one of the other nine players on the field. A substitute pitcher is added to the roster of players coming into the game when one of the members of the original team becomes injured and has to leave the game.

Infield The infield is comprised of a smooth dirt surface with four diamond-shaped bases. When a runner reaches any part of the field he becomes a fielder's choice. A runner can only be awarded with a legal play if he attempts to advance beyond a certain point on the field. This line is known as the foul line. If a runner crosses this line without being put out he has reached first base. Similarly, if a runner goes past second base without being forced out, he has reached third base. If a runner gets to third base without being tagged out, the ball is said to have been caught by one of the outfielders and an automatic double is awarded to the batter.

The term "infield" comes from the fact that these players have numbers 1 through 6 painted on their uniforms. There are also two shortstops and three each of **first and second basemen**. A team has **eleven men** on the field at **all times** during a game; thus there must be one person available to fill any of the nine positions when his number is needed.

The term "out" refers to a member of the offensive team who is able to reach any part of the field in order to get a bat on the ball.

These are the numbers: 1 for pitcher, 2 for catcher, 3 for first base, 4 for second base, 5 for third base, 6 for shortstop, 7 for left field, 8 for center field, 9 for right field, and 10 for extra outfielder. The batter's performance is recorded by the scorer as players come to bat in each inning. When a player reaches any of these spots during an at-bat, he or she becomes "0 for x". Where x is the number of spots reached. For example, if the player gets up to the plate when there is one out and strikes out, it would be written as 0 for 1.

The numbers are used to keep track of batting orders and defensive positions in a softball game. After the first inning, the numbers are reset to 1 for a new opponent on deck.

During play, umpires may call players over to handle tasks such as replacing balls or towels, which can cause them to be removed from the game. In **this case**, they will usually tell you **what number spot** you should write down when you see them checking off a player. The last thing an umpire tells you before you leave the field is the final outcome of **your game**. They will either announce you as the winner or loser, depending on how the game went.