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What's the Difference between Softball & Baseball?

Learn the difference between softball and baseball from softball coach Erin Goettlicher in this Howcast video.


I'm Erin Goettlicher, and I'm a professional softball coach. After I played through high school, I went out and played for college level, and then spent a cup of tea at the professional level. I'm self-employed, and own Pro Softball Training. Pro Softball Training offers instruction in all kinds of softball. You name it, we can do it. Today, I will be talking to you about softball. The game of softball and the game of baseball are very similar in a lot of ways but there is also a lot of differences. It's very similar in the object of the game; which is, two teams playing against each other with one team trying to score more runs than the other. Which ever team scores more wins the game. However, in softball, our field dimensions and equipment and strategies are slightly different. The biggest difference comes in the difference in the size of the ball. In softball we use a larger ball, either 11 or 12 inches. But baseball is only nine inches. Our field is also different; baseball fields the base-path are 90 feet apart, where in softball ours are only 60 feet apart. Our outfield fences are typically shorter as well, anywhere between 200 and 220 feet are pretty standard. And in baseball, as you probably know, are closer to 300's and 400's foot walls. The positions in baseball and softball are very similar, there's a pitcher a catcher, four infielders, and three outfielders. The biggest difference of course comes in the pitcher. In baseball we throw overhand and in softball we throw underhand.

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