Softball – Mixed One Day Event & League
Softball will run in the same way as last year, with the one day event seeding teams for the league which will take place in semester 2.
Venue: Paddock Pitch (SDW for the One Day Event)
When: Wednesdays 1-4pm (for the league)
Points Grading: C
Participants: 4 females and 4 males (indoor). 5 females and 5 males (outdoor).
- Runs are scored by players getting around all the bases and back to home plate. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.
- Every team member bats once before the innings changes.
- The pitcher pitches the softball underarm in an arc over home plate. The arc should be between 6 and 12 feet before the ball passes over the plate between the batter’s knees and shoulders. If it does, the pitch is a Strikes are the good pitches to swing at.
- If the pitch doesn’t pass over home plate and/or is below the knees or over the shoulders, it’s a Ball and shouldn’t be swung at. If you swing at a ball and miss that makes it a strike … so don’t swing at pitches that are really wide, low or high.
- Three Strikes means the batter is out. Four Balls is a Walk, which means the batter gets on base for free.
- Once a batter has hit the ball into fair territory, run around the bases stopping before the other team are able to get you out, or for big hits run around all the bases, which will score a run.
- If it’s a smaller hit stay on first base and wait until a teammate hits the ball or receives a walk before running to the next base.
- You can run past first base and then slow down after you have touched the base, without the risk of being tagged out. But at second and third base you must stop on the base and not run past it, or you might be tagged out.
- Base runners must stand on the base until the ball is hit. It is important that base runners touch every base with their foot while running around the bases. If the other team notices you missed a base and the umpire also saw it, you can be called out.
- Walkover score is 20-0.
There are five main ways of getting Outs:
- Catching – a batted ball before it hits the ground. Any base runners should go back to the base they were occupying when this happens.
- Strike out – three strikes make an out. A strike can be a swing and miss, leaving a good pitch that is called a strike or hitting a foul ball (a ball that does not go into fair territory).
- Out at a base – the ball is thrown to a base before the runner gets there and the fielder stands on the base while holding the ball.
- Tag Out – a base runner who is not touching a base is tagged (touched) by a fielder with the ball in his or her glove or hand.
- Missing a base – if a base runner fails to touch a base with their foot while running past it and the fielding team notices this and appeals to the umpire, the runner can be called out.