Softball: An Underhanded Way to Play
Created on Thanksgiving Day in 1887 as an ad hoc game of indoor baseball, softball has grown immensely over the past 120 years. Today it’s one of the most popular team sports in the United States, with more than 15 million Americans participating every year. We’ve compiled our favorite Web sites to help you learn about the game, follow competitive softball, and play the game yourself.
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You don’t have to wait for the Olympics or College World Series to find coverage of women’s fast pitch softball. The following sites will keep you up to date on the world of competitive softball.
- The official league sites listed in the previous section are all excellent sources of news and statistics for their respective leagues.
For general softball news sources …
magazine prints several times a year, covering both fast pitch and slow pitch. The “Fast Pitch” and “Slow Pitch” sections of the magazine’s Web site have news on the respective sports, and the “Spotlight” section covers interesting developments. There is also a “Features” section, which examines equipment, and a “Diamonds in the Rough” section, which profiles high school fast pitch players from across the country.
compiles and archives softball stories from newspapers across the country. The most recent stories appear on the front page, and the archive is accessible through the menu on the left side. Once in the archive page, scroll down to the “Directories” section; the links above it don’t work.
reports on fast pitch softball, focusing on 18-U girls, college, and Olympic competitions. Updates are provided daily during the season and frequently during the off-season.
For college softball …
College Sports TV
has news on college softball here, featuring news stories, scores, and links to team sites. The site’s “Video
” section has a large collection of highlight clips; use the “Find Videos by” tab near the top of the page to filter out all the non-softball video.
Student Sports Softball
is a part of Rivals.com, covering high school softball and college recruiting. It tracks the recruiting process and decisions of the country’s top players. Some of the more in-depth content requires a Rivals.com subscription, but there are still plenty of free articles and prospect lists.
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