Soft pitch was the original type of softball, but fast pitch became popular in the 1940s. The history of slow pitch softball began during the 1933 World's Fair, however there was a strong drive to extend the pitching distance. In 1938, the first official all-slow-pitch game was played, and since then, the format has been adopted by many leagues around the country.
The increased time on defense allows for more offensive opportunities which is why most leagues that play slow pitch use it as the basis for their offense. Although speed softball is still used as a secondary mode of play, it is growing in popularity.
There are some disadvantages to batting against the clock. Since there is no set number of pitches required in an inning, coaches can choose to go extra frames if the game goes into overtime. This can lead to more innings being played which can be problematic for injured players or those who need to rest before the next game.
Additionally, teams that use speed softball as their primary mode of attack have trouble scoring when they get behind because there is not enough time to come back from an early deficit. While this isn't an issue for leagues that stick with slow pitch, it does make games longer than they need to be.
The game was given the name "softball" in 1926. Despite its name, the ball used in modern softball is not soft, unless a foam practice ball is utilized. Baseballs are hurled overhand, whereas softballs are pitched underhand. This alters the arc of the ball as it approaches the plate. Additionally, the leather ball has coils embedded in it to provide more bounce than a baseball.
The first organized game of what is now known as softball was played in Chicago in 1869. The original ball used in that game had feathers attached to it to give it some amount of softness. As time went on, rubber balls were used instead. These balls are still used today, except that they are now made out of synthetic materials instead of animal guts and lungs.
In 1920, oil was added to the surface of the ball to help with spin. In 1976, fluorescent orange paint was put on the ball to make it easier for fans to see when it hits the ground. In 2007, aluminum particles were added to the surface of the ball to make it harder.
Today's softball ball is around 1 inch in diameter and weighs between 18 and 20 ounces. When struck by a bat, it will usually travel 50 to 60 feet before landing in a field of dirt or grass. However, it is possible to hit a ball that travels further or comes down faster.
Even before the word "softball" was coined in 1926, the game was dubbed "kitten ball." A sluggish pitch is referred to as a "cabbage ball" in this context. It is commonly used in high schools and elementary schools in the area. Slow pitch was only publicly recognized in 1953. It was later added to the Amateur Softball Association's schedule. Before then, it was simply called "women's baseball."
In 1869, the first recorded game of what would become known as "slow pitch" took place at Harvard University. The game was played between the freshman and sophomore teams and lasted until late into the night. It is believed that the term "slow pitch" was originally applied to the game because there were so many foul balls being hit that they could be caught only by running away from the batter.
The first known professional league that included women's baseball teams was the New York Baseball Club (1879-1880). The team was owned by John Young Murphy who also owned the Troy Trojans of the American Association. This makes the NYBC the first known male franchise owner in MLB history. However, most historians believe that the Cincinnati Bells are the first female franchise in the now famous game.
There are several theories on how the name "slow pitch" came about. One theory is that the game started out as "fast pitch," but as the number of fouls per game increased, someone decided to make the ball slower too.
In the 1930s, competitive softball began to take off. To accommodate less competent players, some more recreational leagues restricted the pitch to underhand throwing, no wind-up, a decent pace, and a discernible arc in the 1950s. More skilled players found this tactic too easy so they started throwing harder and faster in the 1960s. The underhand pitch was eventually banned because of its ineffectiveness against better hitters.
In conclusion, the underhand pitch was first introduced in the 1930s by more recreational leagues as a way to make the game easier for beginners. As softball became more popular and more skilled players entered the scene, the underhand pitch was never really effective at stopping batters from hitting balls out of the park. In fact, it was eventually banned because of its ineffectiveness against better hitters.
Baseball was already pretty popular in the United States at the time of softball's development in 1887. Many fans referred to it as "hardball," and it has been argued that the moniker "softball" was coined as a result of how similar the two games are. In both cases, there is a hollow rubber ball that is hit with a bat.
The first recorded game of softball was played on May 30, 1887, when the Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Chicago Cubs) beat the Cincinnati Red Stockings by a score of 6-4. The game was played before a crowd of 3,000 people at West Side Park in Chicago. The batter was given three strikes before being out. There were no hits or walks; every player got a chance to bat.
In 1920, the National League adopted a rule prohibiting its players from hitting with anything but a hard ball. As a result, softball became exclusively an American sport. A year later, the American League followed suit with its own ban on anything but a hard ball, so now they too use only a hard ball.
Before the advent of air balls in baseball, the ball used in softball was made of rubber and weighed between 14 and 16 ounces.
The game was given the moniker "softball" in 1926 because the ball used to be soft. The balls, however, are hard in current usage. A competition staged at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 sparked interest in the game. Soon after, women's teams began to appear in urban areas across the country.
Today, more than 100,000 people play softball in the United States and Canada. Women make up most of the players on organized team leagues, but men also participate in pick-up games.
Softball is played on a field divided into three equal parts: home plate is in the middle, and there are no other bases. There are two kinds of strikes: a strikeout occurs when the batter does not get a ball past the pitcher; a walk is when the batter reaches first base before the pitcher throws him or her a ball. A hit allows the batter to run; a double allows him or her to score twice; and so on. There is no limit to the number of times a player may bat during one inning.
In addition to baseball, softball is played by people who speak American Sign Language (ASL) as their first language. Softball is the only sports game that uses five players per side instead of nine members of a baseball team. Each player is required to catch a ball when it is thrown to him or her.