Buying Softball Equipment and Apparel


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.

Rules and History of Softball

From a way to keep Chicago firemen busy during the bouts of inactivity between calls to an Olympic ... read more »

Softball Leagues and Tournaments

Softball is played competitively in more than 100 countries across the world, and there are ... read more »

Softball News

You don’t have to wait for the Olympics or College World Series to find coverage of ... read more »

Recreational Softball Leagues

There are leagues across the country for every kind of player: man or woman, old or young, casual ... read more »

Improving at Softball

Whether you’re a competitive player or just playing for fun on a company team, the Web has ... read more »

Buying Softball Equipment and Apparel

Though it appears to use mostly the same equipment as baseball, competitive players require equipment specifically designed for softball. Even casual players might want to put down their old baseball glove and buy a softball glove, which has a larger pocket for handling the larger ball. The sites in this section will help you find the bat, glove, or other piece of equipment that’s right for you.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • When buying a bat, make sure to check which leagues it is certified in; you will not be allowed to use it if it isn’t certified specifically for your type of league. For more information on how to do this, see the Softball Bats Bat Care Guide.
  • The Web sites we’ve included in this section specialize in softball merchandise. Such sites are often your best bet for selection, but if your needs are relatively simple and mainstream you can often find lower prices at large general sporting goods retailers. You’ll find our recommendations for these stores and many other great Web sites in the findingDulcinea Sports Web Guide.

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