Talk:Softball

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Metric Conversion[edit]

In the article on softball sizes, the diameter conversion for fast- and slow-pitch softballs gave 12" = 30.5 cm, which is correct (it's 30.48 cm), but the conversion for the 11" ball was given as 29.7 cm, which is not correct - it's 11x2.54 = 27.94. Looks like a transposition is involved. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jagordon3 (talkcontribs) 20:07, 23 May 2010 (UTC)

Clarification Needed[edit]

I think the ending sentence in the introduction is missing something, and I can't find any information to fill it out "It is dominated by Lauren Clarke, overall stud". It doesn't make any sense, and if someone agrees with me, maybe it should be deleted in order to avoid confusions. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mikewik (talkcontribs) 08:50, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

Kcallan16 (talk) 21:05, 9 May 2011 (UTC)In the pitcher section, when it lists the description, it says that the fielders attempt to field balls that are played in the middle of the diamond, but this places a limitation of the fielders because they can attempt to field a foul ball, a ball that is in unfair territory. This is extremely minor, so I think I may go ahead and fix it myself.

MGM (talk) 19:06, 23 Sep 2011 (UTC) "fences are 220 feet (67 meters) for females and 250 feet (75 meters) for males (the corresponding baseball field average distances are 410 and 325 feet)" - the way this is written avg softball fence distances are 220 feet for females and 250 feet for males, and avg baseball distances are 410 feet for females and 325 feet fo males - which seems backwards to me for sexes in baseball. The baseball distances given look more like men's avg left/right 325 and center 410. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.0.243.73 (talk) 23:07, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

Additional Information Needed[edit]

There seems to be very specific information regarding the weight, size, and composition of the softball itself. It may be helpful if detailed information about the softball bat and glove were added. The bat and the glove are essential pieces of equipment to the game as well as the ball. The softball bat in particular has evolved drastically from the wooden baseball and aluminum bat. Now the composite bat, which helps increase the distance of the batted ball, is becoming controversial because it creates an unfair advantage for the batter (although, this particular topic may create a bias opinion among some of the more passionate people in the softball community). It has also caused the distance from which the ball is pitched to be pushed further back in recent years. Kcallan16 (talk) 20:59, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

I play softball.:D — Preceding unsigned comment added by 50.8.155.57 (talk) 19:52, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Outfield dimensions[edit]

The article states that the outfield is at all points equidistant from home plate. This is clearly not always true, it often is deeper in center field than down the lines. I would change it, but it may be true that in some cases, depending on things like age, governing body, etc., the requirement is for equidistant fence. 173.22.149.127 (talk) 12:52, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Foul tips[edit]

A foul tip is very important in the game of softball. It is an interesting rule that is easily looked over. A foul tip is described as a ball that is tipped off of the bat and land directly into the catcher’s glove, which furthermore counts as a strike. According to the NSA rule book the ball that is batted can’t go over the batters head or it is not considered a foul tip. If it is caught by the catcher by the third strike then the batter is out. (Browna48) Cantrell, Eddie R., Don Snopek, and Sonja Ritchie. "NSA Rule Book." NSA Rule Book. NSA, 2012. Web. 2014. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Browna48 (talkcontribs) 17:28, 16 March 2014 (UTC) (Browna48 (talk) 17:37, 16 March 2014 (UTC))

Jewelry Restrictions[edit]

There are some minor restrictions in certain level of the game in fast pitch softball. One of the minor things that are easily looked over is the fact that jewelry is strictly prohibited on the field. There are a lot of injury hazards when it comes to jewelry so it is strictly prohibited. In some extreme cases players can wear, “Medical alert bracelets and necklaces are not considered jewelry. These rules do not apply to adult players. ( browna48) "USSSA Fast Pitch Clarification & Interpretation." USSSA Fast Pitch Clarification & Interpretation. National Umpire Commmitee, Feb. 2013. Web. Mar. 2014. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Browna48 (talkcontribs) 17:33, 16 March 2014 (UTC) (Browna48 (talk) 17:38, 16 March 2014 (UTC))

Protective Gear (continued)[edit]

Softball is considered a contact sport. With that being said it is important to protect yourself and there is protective gear that you can wear. One of the many things that you can wear is a mouth guard. The mouth guard can protect your mouth and teeth from potentially getting injured during the game. The ball can take some bad hops when it leaves the bat so some players wear mouth guards,” to prevent any damage to their mouth, teeth, and tongue”.(browna48)

"Sports and Exercise Safety." KidsHealth. Ed. Alfred Atanda Jr. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Nov. 2011. Web. 16 Mar. 2014.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by Browna48 (talkcontribs) 17:36, 16 March 2014 (UTC) (Browna48 (talk) 17:38, 16 March 2014 (UTC))

The designated player[edit]

According to the International Softball Federation Playing Rules Committee, “There can be a 10th player in the lineup known as the designated player. This designated player can hit for one of the players on the team. He or she is also known as the designated hitter. This player is also known as the flex player. The flex player can sub in and out for other players on the team.(Browna48 (talk) 17:43, 16 March 2014 (UTC)) "Offical Rules of Softball." Offical Rules of Softball. International Softball Federation Playing Rules Committee, 2013. Web. 2014.