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The Rules of Softball – EXPLAINED!

September 16, 2019

Ninh Explains the Rules of Softball
The object of the game is for your team to score more runs than the opposing team. Softball is a variation of the game of Baseball,
and the rules are very similar with some significant differences. Firstly, the field is generally a lot smaller. And the equipment used is also different. To score a run, a player must hit the ball
between the foul lines and run across the three bases and back to home. A hit outside these lines is classed as a
‘foul ball’ and the batter is not allowed to run. The essence of the game is between the pitcher
of one team against the batter of the other team. As mentioned before, the batter’s job is
to hit the ball between the foul lines but the pitchers job is to get the batter
out by throwing into the strikezone. This is an imaginary box that’s the width
of home plate and roughly between the batters armpits and knees. In Baseball, the pitcher stands on a mound
and throws the ball overarm. In Softball, the pitcher stands on a flat
surface, and must throw a bigger softer ball, underarm. If the pitcher throws the ball through this
area – it’s a strike. If the batter swings and misses any ball,
it’s also a strike. If the batter hits the ball outside the foul
lines, it can be a 1st or 2nd Strike. And obviously, three strikes means – you’re
out! A pitch outside this area is called a ‘ball’. Four balls against a batter and they get to
walk to first base. That sounds simple enough, but there are 3
other ways for a team to get you out. Firstly, if the batter hits the ball along
the ground, the opposing team can throw the ball, to the base they’re running to. If the ball beats the batter to the base – they’re
out. A batter can be tagged out whilst running
between the bases. If they hit the ball and the ball is caught
in the air by the opposing team – they’re also out. Once three outs have been made, their half
of the inning is over and the other team gets to bat. Once both teams have batted, this is known
as an inning. The game is played over 7 innings. There are no ties in softball, so if the score
is tied after 7 innings, extra innings will be played to determine the winner. That’s basically it – but there’s a few
other rules you’ll need to know before playing or watching Softball. For example:
Home Run: If a batter hits the ball out of the park between the foul lines, the batter
(and anyone standing on the bases) get to walk freely around the bases and back to home. All runs score. Stealing bases: To help move the batters along
the bases, some players will try and make a run for the next base. This is a risky gamble, as the opposing team
will be prepared for this, and will try and get you out. If the batter is caught out, they are ‘caught
stealing’. Tagging up: If the ball is caught in the air:
any players standing on the bases must start from that base before running for the next
one. Double play: This is where the ball is hit
in play and the defending team gets two outs, usually by way of throwing to one base, and
then another. There are many other rules not discussed here,
but as you watch or play Softball, the rules will become clear. If you have found this at all video helpful,
please like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Be sure to follow me on Twitter also, but
in the meantime, Enjoy Softball. Ninh Ly – – @NinhLyUK

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  • Reply Ninh Ly September 30, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Ninh explains the Rules of Softball. I'm not sure why so many people requested this one given that it's about 90% similar to Baseball, but oh well. Hopefully some of you find this useful.
    Oh yeah – Gig 'em Aggies! (You gotta love the rocket arm of Trinity Harrington).

  • Reply Rajiv Boolell October 6, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    i hate seeing such videos with less views than underaged screaming in front of video games….call me an old conservative fart i don't care

  • Reply Sad Giants Fan October 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You should make one for cup-stacking because it is very unique and it’s in the junior olympics

  • Reply joannah aguilar October 13, 2017 at 2:50 am

    This video was soo helpful I needed notes on softball and I looked here thinking that I wouldn't find anything that could help and this is what I needed.

  • Reply The Logical Racer October 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I love seeing Tennessee

  • Reply Benjamin Alexander October 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

    if you can make for cricket also I would be happy
    any way contracts for creating such video. you explain it in simple way that I understood baseball etc

  • Reply reds&strosFAN November 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Those "softballs" hurt

  • Reply Reagan Bush December 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I play softball and this sounded hella confusing

  • Reply Jordyn Grace January 7, 2018 at 3:07 am

    (A bigger softer ball) Ha Ha you're funny

  • Reply Sydneywave Smith January 9, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Pitchers in Baseball can and are allowed to throw the ball underarm sideways ect..I was an underarm pitcher my self (submarine style of pitch) when i played Baseball in Australia.. And a softball ball is not exactly soft.Its hard tight ball too.
    Also theres two main types of softball games.Slow pitch and Fast pitch,,the rules are a little different even in the number of players on the field.Slow pitch softball pitchers wear a mask to protect there face during pitching. they get alot of hard ball softball aim at them! during a slow pitch game.
    In fast pitch softball you cannot steal a base until the ball leaves the pitchers hand. foot must be tag on base,no lead off like in baseball, big differents!

  • Reply • kαι • January 21, 2018 at 1:17 am

    I'm here because I have fricken PE h o m e w o r k ;w;

  • Reply JV K9 January 24, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    This video must be for people that just landed on earth.

  • Reply Arthur Channell January 27, 2018 at 8:32 am

    To elaborate on the field size, compared to a baseball field, a softball field is 2/3 scale. Home to first is 90 feet in baseball and 60 feet in softball.

  • Reply -- February 2, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    2:42 I don’t get it…. don’t baserunners have to start at the base they are at anyway

  • Reply Rachel b February 9, 2018 at 3:57 am

    “A softer ball” very very incorrect buddy

  • Reply Random March 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    and now im playing softball

  • Reply ajit divakaran April 2, 2018 at 7:22 am

    I didn't understand anything since I have not played this game

  • Reply Evelin April 4, 2018 at 1:59 am


  • Reply Haffu Paffu April 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    This music is so good it could go with everything!

  • Reply Spooky Spider April 24, 2018 at 12:44 am


  • Reply Agitated Cloud29 May 22, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    They have to tag them when stealing because it is not a force out

  • Reply Benjamin Alexander May 25, 2018 at 7:48 am

    a video on difference between baseball and softball

  • Reply Random shiz USA June 2, 2018 at 5:57 am

    You helped

  • Reply recentral48 June 6, 2018 at 12:35 am

    You can also catch a ball in foul territory to record an out.

  • Reply ConX789 June 6, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t get the double play rule

  • Reply Joy Alale June 26, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    not to be rude, but i still don't get it

  • Reply Mikey B Potts July 20, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Hey Ninh, I didn't see it mentioned anywhere in the comments section, so I wanted to raise an issue about base-stealing in softball. From my understanding it's quite a bit different than from baseball in that the baserunner MUST remain touching the base until the ball has left the pitcher's hand in softball, while in baseball, the baserunner is not obligated to remain touching the base (known as leading off when they leave the base) and may break for the next base whenever they so choose.

  • Reply bill Richards August 1, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Great video really helps

  • Reply Serina Penrod August 8, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    You should have explained slapping. Baseball doesn't do it so it's unique to softball.

  • Reply Graham Clayton August 11, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Can an infielder make an unassisted triple play, and can a pitcher pitch a perfect game?

  • Reply siddhartha bhattarai August 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    So it's the same

  • Reply Adalberto Mejia August 24, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Good video!

  • Reply Ida Johnson August 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    thank you so much for all your videos they have helped me teach my students so much

  • Reply Marc Scattolin September 4, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Does a runner have to be tagged by a defender who has the ball for them to be tagged?

  • Reply magnum opus September 27, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    They throw the ball so cool 😂😎

  • Reply burger please October 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

    What do baserunners do? I really got no idea about this game.

  • Reply Jack M October 10, 2018 at 10:53 pm


  • Reply Douglas Magalhaes October 18, 2018 at 12:11 am

    I didn't realize the difference between softball and baseball.

  • Reply Chris Chan October 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    What about ground rule double?

  • Reply ricardo soto October 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Oddly softball is closer to earlier (vintage) versions of US Baseball and to Irish Rounders and Welsh Baseball, than modern baseball. Like the underarm pitch, and the relaxed "lets have fun" atmosphere of the game.

  • Reply Owen Galbraith October 30, 2018 at 5:21 am

    at my school we have interschool sports and softball is one of the sports.but softball is the sport that people play if they don't like the other sports but they want to do something so the team has bad players.i'm not one of them cause i practiced playing baseball all winter

  • Reply Mariana Orduna November 5, 2018 at 4:50 am


  • Reply Paige Pendleton December 16, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Marie she got in softball 🥎 game is at my school like two days ago

  • Reply Morgan Brooke-deBock December 25, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Fun Fact, softballs aren't actually much softer than baseballs

  • Reply Christopher or Chris/Critter C January 6, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Should of explain stealing a bit more in the video. Stealing from usually 12u and up is when the pitcher relases the ball however if runner leaves early the runner is out and the pitch is dead. youth ball can put rule in place for 9-12 that they can leave the base till it crosses home this is usually just in rec ball just matters on town.

  • Reply laine diorr January 18, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Wait so it kickball but with a bat and a soft ball plus a large field ?

  • Reply Sophie Stewart January 22, 2019 at 5:38 am

    i play softball AND NO BOYS ARE ALOUD

  • Reply MEX/USA Sports Guy January 29, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I hear Guile's Theme Song from the background.

  • Reply Toni Torres February 5, 2019 at 12:15 am

    So if the ball is in the air and some catches then I run or can I still run while it’s in the air

  • Reply Ny Nguyen February 5, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Thank u to teach me the rule of how to playing softball, it’s help me a lot

  • Reply Audrey Downs February 9, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    This was helpful! Thanks!

  • Reply Tıαnα ιѕ Aωєѕoмє March 18, 2019 at 3:08 am

    I literally have softball tomorrow and have no idea how to play LMFAO

  • Reply Priya Gardner March 20, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Tysm helped slot

  • Reply Amina Ayesh March 25, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I've watched this 5 times since the beginning when I first started playing softball, and In my opinion, I feel like you understand the video more once you're on a team, and more educated about softball.

  • Reply sebatian March 26, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    guess I'm gonna lose tomorrow.

  • Reply Paige Pendleton March 29, 2019 at 12:20 am


  • Reply Zahoor Ali Mehdi April 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Nice Sir👍

  • Reply Coordinator April 6, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    This is fast pitch softball 🥎 footage. Slow Pitch is a little different.

  • Reply Keishla Gonzalez April 10, 2019 at 1:18 am

    This helped me learn a lot, thanks

  • Reply Laylays April 20, 2019 at 10:55 am

    So this is how I’m understanding
    So if your batter and you hit the ball you run as fast as you can till you get to a base and if you have enough time run to the next and if you don’t hit the ball the catcher chatches it from behind and you have to go again and if you miss 3 times your out and of you the thrower you have to throw the balk and if the girl hits it you have to wait till another person throws it back to you

    I think I’m stupid this is all probably wrong

  • Reply Erika Esch April 20, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Amazing video!

  • Reply Silvia Bischoff May 13, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I play softball

  • Reply Murasame May 18, 2019 at 2:31 am

    So I have some questions. Can you simplify tagging up? I thought if the ball is caught then the batter is automatically out? Also you say base runners must run from the base they are at but is that not always the case?

    Also hitting the ball between the foul lines means you want to hit the ball between the baselines connecting 2nd and 3rd base right?

  • Reply Dalek Supreme May 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Who was sent here by their P.E. Class?

  • Reply alexa critte June 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    my mom signed me up for a league and it’s my first year playing and my first practice is today and my first game is tuesday (today is sunday) and I’m just a little nervous because I don’t know anyone and I have no experience 🤣 wish me luck!

  • Reply Mufaiz Fayaz June 14, 2019 at 7:10 pm


  • Reply Ada Norberg June 30, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    So this is women's version of baseball?

  • Reply Coins Collection Tamil July 11, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Do men play softball

  • Reply Heidi July 15, 2019 at 4:59 am

    wish me luck i’m gonna start this year and still don’t get it 😂💀

  • Reply Benjamin Alexander July 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    which sport is most complicated to understand?
    Since you know a lot of sports I feel you are the right person to whom I can ask this question

  • Reply Shivam Malhotra July 19, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Damn! Those sportswomen are really really beautiful ❤️

  • Reply green eggs and sam July 27, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    i have softball camp tomorrow with a bunch of my softball playing friends and i’m so nervous because i dont really know anything ☹️

  • Reply Weird Diddo July 30, 2019 at 1:28 am

    I’m starting 6th grade. And I can finally play sports. I want to start softball, I have no clue how to play. I’m trying to learn and watch games to understand. This video helped me a bit.

  • Reply Coordinator August 13, 2019 at 12:57 am

    When I was a right fielder, I would use a javelin-like throwing technique to complete the play to a base.

  • Reply Armani Person August 16, 2019 at 4:04 am

    I played for the sto rox lady Vikings

  • Reply Joyce Delacruz September 9, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Can girls play baseball?( I hope yes)

  • Reply Cold Snap September 11, 2019 at 4:51 am

    I seriously expected it to be more different than this.

  • Reply i dont care about anything September 13, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    i start softball in 6 months and im worried lmao


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