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An Olympic sport since Atlanta 1996, softball is a relative newcomer to the Olympic family.

Softball started off in 1887 when George Hancock, a Chicago reporter, invented 'indoor baseball'. By 1888, the game had spread outdoors to help train local firemen. Originally called various names, the name of softball seemed to stick in 1920.

Softball is like baseball, except the ball is bigger; 12 inches (30.4cm) in circumference as opposed to 9 inches (22.8cm). If you're hitting different sized balls, it helps to have different sized bats.

The pitches are supposed to be slower in softball (as they throw underarm) and the diamonds are smaller.

Softball - Olympic Competition

In the Olympics, fast-pitch softball is the domain of the women.

Fast-pitch allows two main underhand pitching deliveries; one that involves an entire revolution and the other where the pitcher's arm moves back and then forward.

8 Teams

The host country automatically gets a birth in the Olympics and seven other teams qualify through world championships and various regional Olympic qualifiers.

Teams compete in a single pool of eight; playing each other once only.

The top four teams then advance to the semi-finals, with the first-placed team playing the second-placed team and the third playing the fourth.

The loser between teams 1 and 2 then plays the winner between teams 3 and 4; with that winner playing the original winner between teams 1 and 2, for the gold medal.

Softball Olympic Medal Winners

Atlanta 1996: USA, China, Australia.
Sydney 2000: USA, Japan, Australia.
Athens 2004: USA, Australia, Japan.

Softball - Olympic Greats

Lisa Fernandez, of the USA, holds the Olympic career strikeout record with 59.

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Softball Links

International Softball Federation.

National Softball Federations

Amateur Softball Association of America:
When the ASA entered the softball picture in 1933, the sport was in a state of confusion with no unified set of playing rules and no national governing body to provide guidance and stability. The ASA changed all that by adopting softball's first universally accepted rules of play and by organising consistent and fair competition across the nation.

Baseball Softball UK:
Latest softball news affecting the UK.

Softball Australia:
Australia's softball history began in 1939 when Gordon Young, Director of Physical Education in NSW, began to promote the game in schools and colleges.

Softball Canada:
The national sport governing body for softball in Canada.

Softball New Zealand:
The first organised competitions took place in the summer of 1937/38, the Wellington Softball (Baseball) Association was formed in November 1937, and with the game spreading rapidly up and down the country the N.Z. (Baseball) Softball Council was formed at a meeting at Kelvin Gymnasium, Wellington, on January 11, 1938.

Softball South Africa:
The normalisation of society in South Africa, also saw separate sporting bodies unifying under one single controlling umbrella. After many deliberations Softball South Africa was born in 1992, when the three Presidents put their signatures to the new draft constitution.

General Softball Links

Over 1,000 links to softball teams with a separate section for girls.

Softball Search:
Link directory devoted to softball.

Softball Tips:
A quick guide to softball, in six easy steps.

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