Baseball and softball are very similar, but they have several subtle differences that significantly set them apart. Most importantly, softball is faster-paced than baseball . The reason for this is the smaller field – it takes less time for athletes to make plays on it.
Softball vs. Baseball Equipment By design, softballs are larger than baseballs. The first softballs were actually 16 inches around, but today, the size of the ball is about 11 or 12 inches in circumference and weigh about seven ounces.
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Comparison of baseball and softball. A comparison of baseball and softball can be made as softball is directly descended from baseball. An observer of one game would find the other very similar, but there are several important rule differences. Fastpitch softball is more popular in competitive leagues, especially at the college and international tournament levels, while slow pitch is more popular in recreational leagues where the relative skill levels of different players may vary widely.
In baseball, the runner may leave the base at any time. This usually involves a short lead off the base with the occasional stolen base attempt. In softball, a runner may not leave the base until the ball is pitched. Found in: Home & Family, Outdoors, People, Sports.
The ball size isn’t the same in baseball and softball. Thus the ball gripping style is also different in both of these. In softball, the players hold the ball by placing their ring, index, and middle finger on the seam and the pinky finger on the side. The baseball players put the middle and index finger straightly in the seam for throwing fast. It’s not mandatory to follow these tricks strictly. Grip the ball just in your comfortable way.
Baseball and softball seasons don’t begin until February, but Arizona’s squads in both sports are in the midst of their fall “seasons” that are mostly comprised of training and practices.