Did you know that the weight of a softball can vary depending on the type of game? For example, a regulation softball used in high school and college weighs between 6 and 7 ounces, while a softball used in slow-pitch games weighs between 8 and 16 ounces.
So, how much does a softball weigh? It all depends on the type of game you’re playing!
A brief history of softball weight
The history of softball can be traced back to Thanksgiving day in 1887, when a group of men in Chicago, Illinois decided to play a game of indoor baseball. They used a 16-inch (40.6 cm) softball and the game was so successful that they decided to continue playing it on a regular basis. In 1895, the first set of official softball rules were published and the game began to spread in popularity.
Softball was originally designed as a sport for women and girls, but it quickly became popular with men and boys as well. In 1926, the first national softball tournament was held in Chicago, Illinois and featured teams from all over the United States. The sport continued to grow in popularity throughout the twentieth century and is now played all over the world.
A softball is a ball that is used in the sport of softball. It is typically white in color with either red or yellow stitching.
How softball is played
The game of softball is played between two teams, each consisting of nine players. The objective of the game is to score more runs than the opposing team. Each player on a team bats in turn, and when three outs have been recorded, that team’s half of the inning is over and the other team bats.
Players can score runs by hitting the ball and then running around all four bases, in order, before the defensive team can record three outs. Runs can also be scored by hitting the ball over the fence for a home run.
The equipment needed to play softball
To play softball, you need a few key pieces of equipment: a bat, a ball, gloves for both the batter and fielder, protective gear for the catcher, and cleats.
The weight of the softball depends on the league you are playing in. For example, in high school fastpitch softball, the ball must weighed between 6.25 ounces and 7 ounces (177 – 198 grams) For Slow pitch softball, the ball can weigh between 11 and 16 inches depending on the league requirements.
The different types of softball
There are two main types of softball: fastpitch and slowpitch. While they are both similar in many ways, there are some key differences between the two.
Fastpitch softball is the more common type of softball, and is typically played at a higher level of competition. Thepitcher in a fastpitch game throws the ball much faster than in a slowpitch game, and the field is smaller. The ball used in fastpitch softball is also smaller and lighter than the ball used in slowpitch.
Slowpitch softball is typically less competitive than fastpitch, and is often played for recreation or exercise. In a slowpitch game, the pitcher throws the ball more slowly, and the field is larger. The ball used in slowpitch softball is also larger and heavier than the ball used in fastpitch.
What the official rules say on weight…
There are Official Rules of Softball, however there are also widely-accepted “unofficial” rules. Here are some of the most important ones:
The ball must weigh between 6.25 and 7 ounces. It must be spherical and have a circumference of 9 to 9.25 inches.
In 1949, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America officially adopted 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter as the regulation size for all softballs. Prior to that, there was no standard size for softballs, and even today different organizations still use different sizes for various types of play. For example, high school fast pitch softball uses a slightly larger ball (0.5 in or 1.3 cm) than ASA regulation.
The circumference of a youth softball is between 23 and 25 inches, with an official weight ranging from 6 to 7 ounces. For girls aged 12 and under, the ball must have a circumference of 23 inches. If you are playing in high school or college, the ball must have a circumference of 24 inches.