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What Is Fast-Pitch Softball?

Learn about fast-pitch softball 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. Fast-pitch softball is a team sport that is played throughout the world, at all different ages and levels. The object of the game is to score more runs than the other team. Each team is made up of at least nine players, with a position player at: pitcher, catcher, four infielder and three outfielders.

What makes it fast-pitch is the speed of the pitch that's being thrown to the batter. Typically, we use a windmill motion, which means our arm is going to make a full rotation and snap the ball, to throw it as fast as we can to the catcher. Fast-pitch softball is different than slow-pitch softball mostly by the way that we throw the ball. In fast-pitch we deliver the ball quickly, where in slow pitch, the ball is delivered more in an arc and the speed of the pitch is determined legal by the umpire's judgment, but the arc must be at least six to twelve feet in height."

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