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Softball

This page draws together softball-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.

Descendant of Baseball

Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 to 14 players. Every team aims in scoring as many runs possible, against the opponents by striking the ball with a specific bat. It is a direct descendant of baseball although there are some key differences: softballs are larger than baseballs, and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand. The game is played on a smaller diamond than in baseball and despite the game's name, the standard softball is not soft; in fact, it is harder than a baseball.

About This Page

Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

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Softball Events

  • may.
    07
    Softball League
    may. 07, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    West Windsor Township
    New Jersey
    Softball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the field during a day of softball competition.

    For more information

    may. 07, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mercer County Park
    West Windsor Township, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • may.
    14
    Softball League
    may. 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    West Windsor Township
    New Jersey
    Softball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the field during a day of softball competition.

    For more information

    may. 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mercer County Park
    West Windsor Township, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • may.
    15
    19th Annual Howard County Special Olympics Invitational Softball Tournament
    may. 15, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Ellicott City
    Maryland
    19th Annual Howard County Special Olympics Invitational Softball Tournament

    Annual Howard County invitational softball tournament. Skills, Unified, Traditional competition. Raffle w/ prizes, Opening Ceremony, Police color guard, matched team play/ round robin competition, official umpires/ scoring, lunch for athletes/ coaches/ volunteers, team photos.

    For more information
    Contact: Dave Fagan
    Email: faganv123@gmail.com
    Phone: 410-489-0630

    may. 15, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Kiwanis Wallas Park
    3300 Norberts Way
    Ellicott City, Maryland
    UNITED STATES
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