In addition to the 2 main versions of softball, fastpitch and slowpitch, many other variations of the game have been developed to meet the demands of the diverse range of participants of all skill levels, age and experience.
OzPitch is a mixed gender recreational softball program for anybody who enjoys the social aspects of a team sport, wants to have fun and who would like to increase their physical activity. It can be played State, Association or Club level by players of all ages and abilities.
OzPitch teams are made up of 9 players per team with a maximum of 4 male players per team. While competition may be structured to suit local requirements, the following works well:
Indoor softball is a fast, fun game suitable for single-sex or mixed teams of all ages. Indoor softball follows slowpitch rules with some variations, depending on the capacity of the venue. There are many versions of the game based on factors such as the number of pitches faced and batting time-limits.
Special Olympics Softball, which is governed by the Special Olympics Sports Rules adapted from the ISF rules for slowpitch. Teams are divided according to the compiled scores of each team member's Skills Assessment Tests (SAT) scores. The test assesses throwing, batting, fielding and base running. Coaches are required to submit a SAT score for team members prior to the competition. A team score is calculated by adding up the top 12 players' scores and dividing the total by 12. While teams are initially placed in divisions on the basis of this SAT team score, a round of classification games are played to finalise the process.
Softball is a popular children's team sport as both boys and girls can enjoy the competitive nature of the game, while not facing the physical challenges of traditional mixed contact sports. The most popular variations of softball played by young people in Australia are:
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