Kids softball is a great way for children to exercise,
enhance hand-eye coordination and socialize with their teammates.
Softball is similar to baseball, but easier to play and it is
becoming increasingly popular in America!
Just like baseball, kids softball involves running around the bases, pitching and jumping in order to catch the ball. It offers a great cardio exercise, and helps children build muscle strength
in the legs and arms.
Children as young as 5 can start playing softball. It is a great
sports until kids decide to play baseball which requires more
skill and which is more demanding as it is played with a heavier
bat and a ball that flies faster.
Softball is very similar to baseball but it has some key
differences. Some of the differences are:
- The length of the game: baseball has 9 innings, while
softball only has 7 or even 5.
- The length of the field: a softball field is smaller about 60
feet vs. 90 feet for baseball.
- The rules of the game are slightly different for softball.
- The bat size: the softball bat is smaller (maximum size 34
inches vs. 42 inches for baseball).
- The ball size: a softball is bigger 11 or 12 inches vs. 9
inches for baseball
Overall kids softball is easier to play than baseball, it requires
less running around the bases (as the field is smaller), the ball
is easier to catch and hit. Because it is easier, it is also more
fun, that's why it is becoming increasingly popular among both
children and adults (that play softball as a recreational
There are two kinds of softball games: slowpitch and fastpitch
softball. Slowpitch requires less skill and has more flexible
rules while fastpitch softball is played in professional leagues.
The equipment that you need in order to play softball is similar
to baseball: you need a helmet, a bat, a ball, a glove, softball
cleats (optional) and a uniform (also optional).
Regarding the softball helmet
, you can get pretty much the
same helmet as in baseball. A helmet is here to protect the
child's head from the fast flying ball and there is no reason for
the softball helmet to be any different than the one used in
however is different. It is bigger than a
baseball (11 to 12 inches), it doesn't fly as far and as fast as
a baseball and it is easier to hit.
Age: 8 and up
The softball bat is smaller than a baseball bat and
usually lighter. Players ages 8 to 12 should go for a softball
bat that is 26 to 31 inches long. Teenagers ages 13 to 16 should
use a bat that is 31 to 33 inches long. From 17 years old and above,
bats should be 34 + inches. Professional baseball requires the
bat to be made of wood. Softball doesn't have this requirement
and the bat can be made of either wood, aluminium or composite
Make sure that you don't buy a low quality bat as if could bend
or dent easily. A softball bat for kids that we recommend is the
Louisville Slugger 2012 TPS Mendoza Fastpitch Softball
Bat. It is a high quality softball bat made of aluminium
alloy and we believe it is really good value for the money. It
also has a really good grip and it looks great!
Regarding the softball glove
make sure that you get the
right size, as you don't want to get a glove that is either too
big or too small for your child's hand. The table below presents
the right softball glove sizes per age and position (infield or
|5-8||9-10.5 in.||10-11.5 in.
|8-12||10.5-11.5 in.||11.5-12.5 in.
|12 +||11.75-12.5 in.||12.75-14 in.
Make sure that you get the right softball glove depending on
whether your child is right or left handed. The glove is worn on
the hand that doesn't throw the ball, therefore a right handed
played would wear it on the left hand. So make sure you get
either a right hand throw or left hand throw glove depending on
whether your child is right or left handed.
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We recommend the Rawlings Player Preferred Series 12 Inches
Baseball Glove (both infield and outfield and for ages 8-12).
The glove presented here is right handed throw but you can also
choose left hand throw. It is a good quality glove, made of good
quality leather, it is also very comfortable and flexible.
Other equipment that you can get but that we consider optional
includes softball cleats, batting gloves and a uniform. By the
way, for cleats check our baseball for kids section.
Age: 8 and up