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Guide to softball

Softball

Like baseball, softball is derived from the English game of rounders. At the Olympics, it's a women only sport.

The game
Softball shares many similarities with baseball. It's a nine-a-side game played on a grass diamond, with a batter attempting to hit pitches and get onto base.

The main differences are that the softball is larger than a baseball, and the game is played with a smaller bat. Unlike baseball, the pitcher throws the ball underarm.

Getting involved
It may be a women only sport at The Olympics, but back here softball is open to everyone.

If you want to have a go or find a club near you, the British Softball Federation is the best place to start.

British Softball Federation




see also
Team GB for Beijing
26 Jun 08 |  Team GB
Olympic sports fail in appeal bid
09 Feb 06 |  Olympics 2012


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