What is softball?

Softball is a variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. It was invented in 1887 in Chicago as an indoor game. It was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground, softball, kitten ball, and because it was also played by women, ladies’ baseball.

The name softball was given to the game in 1926 because the ball used to be soft. This is no longer the case, (the ball is really not soft).

The Edinburgh Softball League is a “slowpitch” softball league and is guided by the British Softball Federation rules.

Softball is very similar to baseball (and similar to rounders). Importantly it is played by both men and women. It’s a little faster-paced than baseball – and the pitches are slow arcs, rather than 80mph fastballs.

Come along and watch a game, or get in touch if you want to give it a try.