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The Rules of Softball – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Softball – EXPLAINED!


Ninh Explains the Rules of Softball
The object of the game is for your team to score more runs than the opposing team. Softball is a variation of the game of Baseball,
and the rules are very similar with some significant differences. Firstly, the field is generally a lot smaller. And the equipment used is also different. To score a run, a player must hit the ball
between the foul lines and run across the three bases and back to home. A hit outside these lines is classed as a
‘foul ball’ and the batter is not allowed to run. The essence of the game is between the pitcher
of one team against the batter of the other team. As mentioned before, the batter’s job is
to hit the ball between the foul lines but the pitchers job is to get the batter
out by throwing into the strikezone. This is an imaginary box that’s the width
of home plate and roughly between the batters armpits and knees. In Baseball, the pitcher stands on a mound
and throws the ball overarm. In Softball, the pitcher stands on a flat
surface, and must throw a bigger softer ball, underarm. If the pitcher throws the ball through this
area – it’s a strike. If the batter swings and misses any ball,
it’s also a strike. If the batter hits the ball outside the foul
lines, it can be a 1st or 2nd Strike. And obviously, three strikes means – you’re
out! A pitch outside this area is called a ‘ball’. Four balls against a batter and they get to
walk to first base. That sounds simple enough, but there are 3
other ways for a team to get you out. Firstly, if the batter hits the ball along
the ground, the opposing team can throw the ball, to the base they’re running to. If the ball beats the batter to the base – they’re
out. A batter can be tagged out whilst running
between the bases. If they hit the ball and the ball is caught
in the air by the opposing team – they’re also out. Once three outs have been made, their half
of the inning is over and the other team gets to bat. Once both teams have batted, this is known
as an inning. The game is played over 7 innings. There are no ties in softball, so if the score
is tied after 7 innings, extra innings will be played to determine the winner. That’s basically it – but there’s a few
other rules you’ll need to know before playing or watching Softball. For example:
Home Run: If a batter hits the ball out of the park between the foul lines, the batter
(and anyone standing on the bases) get to walk freely around the bases and back to home. All runs score. Stealing bases: To help move the batters along
the bases, some players will try and make a run for the next base. This is a risky gamble, as the opposing team
will be prepared for this, and will try and get you out. If the batter is caught out, they are ‘caught
stealing’. Tagging up: If the ball is caught in the air:
any players standing on the bases must start from that base before running for the next
one. Double play: This is where the ball is hit
in play and the defending team gets two outs, usually by way of throwing to one base, and
then another. There are many other rules not discussed here,
but as you watch or play Softball, the rules will become clear. If you have found this at all video helpful,
please like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Be sure to follow me on Twitter also, but
in the meantime, Enjoy Softball. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

Comments (28)

  1. Ninh explains the Rules of Softball. I'm not sure why so many people requested this one given that it's about 90% similar to Baseball, but oh well. Hopefully some of you find this useful.
    Oh yeah – Gig 'em Aggies! (You gotta love the rocket arm of Trinity Harrington).

  2. I hear Guile's Theme Song from the background.

  3. So if the ball is in the air and some catches then I run or can I still run while it’s in the air

  4. Thank u to teach me the rule of how to playing softball, it’s help me a lot

  5. This was helpful! Thanks!

  6. I literally have softball tomorrow and have no idea how to play LMFAO

  7. I've watched this 5 times since the beginning when I first started playing softball, and In my opinion, I feel like you understand the video more once you're on a team, and more educated about softball.

  8. guess I'm gonna lose tomorrow.

  9. This is fast pitch softball 🥎 footage. Slow Pitch is a little different.

  10. This helped me learn a lot, thanks

  11. So this is how I’m understanding
    So if your batter and you hit the ball you run as fast as you can till you get to a base and if you have enough time run to the next and if you don’t hit the ball the catcher chatches it from behind and you have to go again and if you miss 3 times your out and of you the thrower you have to throw the balk and if the girl hits it you have to wait till another person throws it back to you

    I think I’m stupid this is all probably wrong

  12. I play softball

  13. So I have some questions. Can you simplify tagging up? I thought if the ball is caught then the batter is automatically out? Also you say base runners must run from the base they are at but is that not always the case?

    Also hitting the ball between the foul lines means you want to hit the ball between the baselines connecting 2nd and 3rd base right?

  14. Who was sent here by their P.E. Class?

  15. my mom signed me up for a league and it’s my first year playing and my first practice is today and my first game is tuesday (today is sunday) and I’m just a little nervous because I don’t know anyone and I have no experience 🤣 wish me luck!

  16. So this is women's version of baseball?

  17. Do men play softball

  18. wish me luck i’m gonna start this year and still don’t get it 😂💀

  19. Ninh
    which sport is most complicated to understand?
    Since you know a lot of sports I feel you are the right person to whom I can ask this question

  20. Damn! Those sportswomen are really really beautiful ❤️

  21. i have softball camp tomorrow with a bunch of my softball playing friends and i’m so nervous because i dont really know anything ☹️

  22. I’m starting 6th grade. And I can finally play sports. I want to start softball, I have no clue how to play. I’m trying to learn and watch games to understand. This video helped me a bit.

  23. When I was a right fielder, I would use a javelin-like throwing technique to complete the play to a base.

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