Is baseball and softball both different sports?
Baseball and softball are nearly identical in many respects, but you’ll notice a few major differences between the two sports when you begin to compare. You need to know the differences if you’re planning to coach beginning-level softball if all your experience has been in baseball — and vice versa. To further simply even their parent organization is the same, which is “World Baseball Softball Confederation or WBSC”. So now you will get the idea how similar they are in terms of playing but here is the following list which will give you a glimpse at some of the more glaring distinctions:
- Pitching Area- Softball has no pitching mound at any level unlike Baseball. Softball pitchers can deliver the ball in an underhand motion only.
- Distance from the pitcher’s area to home plate- The pitcher throws from a distance much closer to home plate than in baseball.
- Base paths- The base paths in softball are several feet shorter than those in baseball
- Field size- Outfield measurements vary greatly. A common distance from home plate to the outfield fence in softball is 150 feet for the younger kids, while for the older kids it extends to 225 to 250 feet.
- Size of the ball- A regulation softball is significantly larger than a regulation baseball.
- Bats- At the youth level, bats used for baseball and softball are interchangeable. Many softball programs only allow specific types of bats to be used.