Willow P asked in SportsBaseball · 1 decade ago

Girl playing on a boys baseball team HELP!!!!?

i am a 13 year old girl playing on boys baseball team. I have been playing softball all my life and i don't know anything about baseball. can someone please tell me the rules and stuff thank youuuuu

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  • 1 decade ago
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    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. The following list gives you a glimpse at some of the more glaring distinctions:

    •Pitching area: Youth baseball programs, particularly at the advanced levels, feature a pitching mound that the pitcher throws from (the younger levels may call for hitters to hit off a tee or from a ball pitched from their coach). That isn't the case in softball — at any level. The pitcher delivers balls on level ground with the batter. The other major pitching difference is that softball pitchers deliver the ball in an underhand motion; baseball pitchers can throw overhand or even sidearm if they choose.

    •Distance from the pitcher's area to home plate: The game of fast-pitch softball puts a greater emphasis on pitching, because the pitcher throws from a distance much closer to home plate than in baseball. At the beginning levels of youth softball, pitchers generally deliver pitches about 35 feet from home plate. At the higher levels of play, pitchers throw balls from 40 feet.

    •Base paths: The base paths in softball are several feet shorter than those in baseball. When pitchers throw from 35 feet, the bases typically are 55 feet apart; when pitchers deliver balls from 40 feet, the bases usually are 60 feet apart. The smaller base paths in turn create a smaller infield area, which affects the defense of the infielders.

    •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. A softball measures between 11.88 and 12.13 inches in circumference and weighs between 6.25 and 7.00 ounces; a baseball measures between 9.00 and 9.25 inches in circumference and weighs between 5.00 and 5.25 ounces.

    Sometimes, leagues for the youngest softball players use smaller and softer softballs, because a girl's hand at the beginning levels of play isn't big enough to grip and throw a regulation softball.

    •Bats: At the youth level, bats used for baseball and softball are interchangeable. At the advanced levels of play, players use softball-specific bats, which come in a variety of different materials, such as graphite, carbon, Kevlar, and liquid metal, to name a few. Many softball programs only allow specific types of bats to be used.

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  • 1 decade ago


    You don't throw underhand anymore. You need a wind-up just like in softball. The gripping of the ball is different. You need to deliver the ball to the plate, if you don't it's called a balk and the runners on base get to move up. You cannot buckle (shake) your back leg when there are runners on the base. This is also a balk. Work on your mechanics and control. Don't overthrow the ball.


    Have a healthy stance. Mostly the same as softball.


    Same as softball...you need to be quick.

    MLB - Peter McCarthy

    Source(s): MLB GAMEDAY© President
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    dats cool! i always wanted to play baseball but my parents wouldnt let me

    pitching is almost like the way u pitch in baseball except you dnt spin ur arm you throw it straight to the dude on the floor glove and you can get a strike a thing that might help is dat you watch proffessional baseball players and see wat they do wen playing a game or just go a boy that u know baseball's game and watch him play and the pitcher

    3 strikes= 1 out

    4 balls= a walk

    catching is the same thing as softball

    Source(s): me myself and i is all i got
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  • 1 decade ago

    really if you don't know the rules to baseball than you shouldn't be playing.

    baseball. and softball and baseball have similar rules.

    90 feet diamond compare to 60 feet pitchers mound father away. you can steal at anytime expect time. the felid is bigger you usually pitch overhand.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Same basic rules just the balls smaller and the fields bigger and you pitch overhand and the pitch is faster then softball pitching. You'll be fine don't worry

    Source(s): Ive played baseball and softball too.
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  • 1 decade ago

    It's the exact same thing as softball except maybe since its probably little league the field measurements might different. Also the ball is bigger and probably comes in faster. (I don't knwo if you played slow pitch or fast pitch.)

    Source(s): Watched a lot of my girlfriends softball games, been playing baseball for 9 years.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    basically they follow the same rules execpt if ur playing onthe regulation 90 by 60 if ur at bat and u strike out and the ball gets away from the catcher u can break for first base if it aint occupied

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  • 3 years ago

    the basic rules are very similar it's more teh style of the game wtih a smaller ball and as you get beyond 12 years old you're looking at 90 foot bases in baseball.

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