Get Inspired: How to get into softball

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How do I start?

Find your nearest club using the Baseball Softball UK club finder and Hit the Pitch is a programme introducing the game to beginners.

But what is softball?

One team is on offence, the other on defence. The team on offence take it in turns to hit the ball and run as far around the pitch as possible before the ball is caught by the other team. The defence team catch members of the opposing team out by catching the ball mid-air or throwing it to a member of their own team who is defending a base.

Is it for me?

It's a fast, fun and sociable game and you only need a glove, bat and ball to get started.

What to expect when I start?

  • It's a great aerobic workout building strength, speed and stamina.
  • People with hearing, visual impairments, physical or mobility issues and those with learning difficulties can often take part in baseball and softball without any changes, Softball UK have more information.
  • Softball is a mixed gender and mixed ability sport making it the ideal game for families to play together.
  • It's a team sport so it's the perfect way to make friends and batting and catching the ball helps improve reactions and concentration.

Are you inspired to try softball? Or maybe you are an expert already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

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