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softball equipment Softball is a highly popular team sport that is very similar to hardball (more commonly known as baseball).  Softball is played on the same type of field, though it is often smaller, and it is played out over seven innings rather than nine.  The other major difference between hardball and softball is the way the pitcher delivers, which in softball is underarm.

The popularity of softball has increased in recent years, thanks to incredible teams from around the world that compete in the Olympics.  Unfortunately, it is no longer going to be a part of the Olympic itinerary beginning with the Summer Games in 2008 in Beijing.  Even so, the popularity of the sport continues, thanks to collegiate play and the involvement of youth and office groups.

Softball equipment is similar to the equipment you'd find on a baseball field.  Mitts are generally larger because of the increased size of the ball.  Lightweight aluminum bats are also more prevalent in the sport than wooden ones, thanks in part to the sport's popularity with women.

The biggest equipment difference between hardball and softball, obviously, is the ball!  Softballs are considerably larger, about 4 1/2 inches in diameter.  They are also a bit softer than their baseball counterparts, incorporating rubber into the outer layers.  Even with the decrease in density, however, the ball is heavier.

Softball Equipment Stores

  • Softball Tips
    Coach John Peter's site features softball pitching machines, portable batting cages, radar guns, softball coaching videos and softball equipment and training aids, as well as softball gloves and fastpitch bats.
    www.Softball-Tips.com

Softball Equipment Manufacturers

  • Wilson - Fastpitch
    This manufacturer of fast pitch softball equipment strives to produce technologically advanced products which help the average softball player play better.
    www.Wilson.com
  • Dudley Sports - Softball
    This softball equipment manufacturer offers a full line of fast pitch and slow pitch softballs.
    www.DudleySports.com
  • Akadema Pro
    This baseball and softball equipment company caters to professional, college, high school, and serious youth players.
    www.AkademaPro.com
  • DeMarini
    Manufacturer of slowpitch and fastpitch bats, gloves, softballs, and accessories.
    www.DeMarini.com
  • BATA Baseball
    Manufacturer of softball pitching machines, batting cages, and accessories.
    www.BataBaseball.com

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