The History of Softball (sequence)

Softball was invented in 1887 in Chicago as an indoor game. The name softball was given to the game in 1926. Before it was called softball it was called Ladies' baseball and kitten ball. The first softball game was played using a boxing glove as a ball and a broom handle in place of a bat. Because of the excitement surrounding the game, the Farragut Boat Club decided to come up with their own set of rules. After this spread outside of Chicago the history of softball started to shape itself in about the next decade.

Top Left: This is a picture of a little girl getting ready to hit the ball. Top Right: This is a picture of a team huddling up after a girl had a good hit. Bottom Left: This is a picture of a girl throwing the ball to someone. Bottom Right: This is a picture of a famous softball player named Jennie Finch.

How to Play the Game (description)

Softball games last about 70-90 minutes, or 7 innings. There is two halves to one inning. The first half is when the away team goes up to bat and the home team goes to field. The second half is when the home team goes to bat and the away team goes to field. Each half of an inning is played until the fielding team makes three outs. The pitcher will throw to the batter until there is three strikes, four balls, or by hitting the batter with the ball. A strike is when the pitcher throws a pitch in the strike zone and the batter doesn't swing or when the batter swings and misses the ball.there are 9 positions on a softball field. These positions are left field, center field, right field, first base, second base, shortstop, third base, pitcher, and catcher. That is how the game is played

Not Everyone Can Make it to Practice (problem and solution)

It can be pretty hard for coaches to find a practice time so that everyone can make it. Some coaches have to wait till it is closer to softball season to start practicing. Not having enough practice could make your team worse. To help the team stay good the coach could ask all the players to take 15 minutes out of their day to hit or pitch into a net at home. Even though it is not that long, doing this is better than doing nothing and waiting till it is closer to the season. Once the entire team has time to come to practice you can see how much they have improved and if they have been working like you asked.

This is a team huddling up during a game.

This is a picture of a catcher.

This is a picture of two teams praying after they played each other.

  • This is a pitcher that has pitched the ball and a catcher getting ready to catch it.

Power of Swing (cause and effect)

The more power you have the farther the ball will go. In this sport you need rotational power, the backbone of many sports movements. The anti-rotation delivers the ability to power through the ball or bat. Anti-rotation is a must have athletic skill that can mean the difference between a long, productive career and a short, painful one. For example, if you do not swing your arms fast for power then the ball you hit is not going to go very far. If you really use your arms and your hips then you are using more power which will make the ball travel farther. This will help you understand why the power of your swing helps control the ball.

The top left and big picture are pictures of a DeMarini bat. The bottom left and bottom middle are pictures of a Louisville Slugger bat.

The Difference Between Baseball and Softball (compare and contrast)

Softball and baseball may seem the same but they are not. The most noticeable difference is the ball, a softball is bigger than a baseball. Pitching is another big difference. First, softball pitchers pitch on the same level of ground as the batter, but in baseball there is a little hill that the pitcher pitches off of which is not on the same level as the batter. Second softball pitchers pitch underhand and baseball pitchers pitch overhand. Bats for softball do not have a big barrel on the end but baseball bats do. In baseball the infield has grass and in softball there is no grass. Although, they both have grass in the outfield.


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