In softball, the ball is larger and softer than a baseball, and the field is slightly smaller but that definitely doesn’t make it a lesser sport. And if you’re looking to join an adult recreational league, it’s usually a bit easier to find softball leagues than baseball ones.
softball, a variant of baseball and a popular participant sport, particularly in the United States. It is generally agreed that softball developed from a game called indoor baseball, first played in Chicago in 1887. It became known in the United States by various names, such as kitten ball, mush ball, diamond ball, indoor–outdoor, and playground ball.
There were wide variances in playing rules, size and type of playing equipment, and dimensions of the playing field. Two women playing softball in 1919. In 1923 a rules committee was appointed to publish and circulate a standard set of rules. The committee was later enlarged to form the International Joint Rules Committee on Softball, which came to include representatives of a number of organizations that promote and sponsor softball.
The Amateur Softball Association of America, organized in 1933, came to be the recognized governing agency for promotion and control of organized national competition.
The pitcher is not allowed to stop or bounce the ball in pitching position as it may prevent the batsman from hitting the ball. The pitcher cannot use any kind of tape on the ball. To dry hands he can use powder resin under umpire’s supervision. The pitch delivery shall be in an arc of six to ten feet. The object of softball is to hit the ball with a bat before the player tries to run around an infield with four bases. Once a player manages to get right round without being given out a run is scored. The team with the most runs at the end of the game is deemed the winner.