Pitchers also throw knuckle balls which are generally slower and move erratically. Usually, there is a small area on one of the walls in the outfield that results in a home run being awarded if the batted ball hits it. White balls are also allowed, but are very uncommon in slow pitch and fast pitch. The infield consists of the diamond and the adjacent space in which the infielders (see below) normally play. In 2002, sixteen-inch slow pitch was written out of the ISF official rules, although it is still played extensively in the United States under The Amateur Softball Association of America, or ASA rules.
 No part of the glove is allowed to be the same color as that of the ball, including that of its seams. Pitchers also vary the location of the pitch by height to make hitting the ball even harder for the individual up at bat. ", "History of Fast Pitch Softball - Balance Academy Softball", "2010–2011 Women's Softball Rules (2 Year Publication)", "Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame / History", http://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-softball.htm, "Softball started in Minnesota — or did it? The first baseman is usually involved in every play that occurs on the field. diagnosis or treatment. End loading of a cap refers to the addition of weight manually placed at the end of the barrel to distribute more weight at the tip.
The phases of throwing include the grip, stance, windup, stride, release and follow through.
In 16-inch softball, as well as a number of varieties of slow pitch, the pitch is lobbed so that the ball rises above the batter's head and lands on a small rectangular area on the ground behind the plate. Many players use "sliding shorts", otherwise known as compression shorts in other sports.  The current Junior Women's World Champion is the United States. Some umpires wear a variant of the uniform: some umpires in ASA wear heather gray slacks and may also wear a navy blue shirt; umpires from the USSSA wear red shirts with grey slacks; National Softball Association (NSA) umpires wear an official NSA white-colored umpire shirt with black pants or black shorts; NSA fastpitch umpires wear the white NSA umpires shirt and heather gray slacks. Rounded metal spikes are illegal, as are ones made from hard plastic or other synthetic materials. This can result in a multiple-out play: a double play is two outs, while a triple play, a very rare occurrence, is three outs. Often, this pitch is thrown at a batters hip or hands with the intention of either moving them off the plate or inducing a foul ball), Backdoor screw (the same as a backdoor curve except the ball spins in the opposite direction of a curveball), This page was last edited on 31 October 2020, at 11:53.
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