Equestrian Vaulting

Equipment

Ball Bases Bat Glove Hat Helmet

Rules

Teams consisting of nine players alternate between hitting and fielding for seven innings, with players hitting in a constant order and playing a constant position in the field. Pitchers must throw the ball in a windmill motion to batters that are allowed three missed attempts before being called out. Once on base, runners may not slide or make contact with another player. Once three outs have been recorded, teams switch sides. Runs are scored when a player advances around all bases and touches home plate. The team with the most runs at the end of the game is the winner.

Description

Fast Pitch Softball is a form of softball played by women, where pitches are thrown to the batter with a quick, underhand delivery. Fast Pitch Softball is the competitive and international form of softball. Fast pitch softball is an extremely popular recreational and competitive women's sport. One of the game's best-known characteristics is the windmill motion pitchers use during delivery. Similar to baseball and slow pitch softball, the game emphasizes getting runners on base and scoring runs. The team with the most runs at the end of the game is the winner.

History

Fast pitch softball was invented in the late 19th century as an indoor alternative to baseball. The sport steadily increased in popularity due to ease of play and small size requirements for the playing area. The game eventually moved to being an outdoors sport, and by the 1930's, gained standardized rules. In the 1940's fast pitching began to dominate the game. In 1996 fast pitch softball debuted at the Summer Olympic Games. Today, fast pitch softball remains a popular recreational and competitive sport in many countries around the world.