Let’s start at the very beginning. It is called softball because that is exactly the kind of ball used. It’s roughly the same size as a cricket ball, made of squishy plastic (sorry any environmentalists) and has a pretend moulded seam. As it isn’t a hard ball, there is no need for pads, gloves or helmets – leave those to the cricketers.
The bat, now that in my opinion is bordering on a fashion statement – we love it. It is predominantly black with splashes of fluorescent colours, even the grips are bright pink or lime green. It is very lightweight so you don’t have to go the gym to build up your biceps first.
Kit – the sky’s the limit. It’s more supernova than super over!
Your team can have its own kit, or you can have a set of matching tops from us here at Cornwall Cricket to start your new team off – very bright and colourful or you can wear your own. No cricket creams for ladies in the softball fraternity. That’s the top half sorted. Bottom half – jogger bottoms, leggings, shorts – whatever you are comfortable in. That goes for footwear too as long as it isn’t flip flops. Although I am sure that once you start you will go for a pair of comfy trainers.
So now we have you kitted out, what about the rules of the game.
Usually, it is 6 ladies in a team, although you can have 8, as long as the other side have 8 too or you could let them borrow a player or two.
You and a team mate bat in a pair, one at each end of the wicket and depending on whether you have 6 or 8 a side will depend on how many overs you face.
Overs are 6 balls each bowled either under arm or if you like to try it, over arm.
Scoring, for those who have a competitive nature (and nothings wrong with that).
Each team starts with 200 runs (or points if you want to use that term).
As in cricket you will be awarded a run for running between the wickets, even if you don’t hit the ball.
If the ball ends up at the boundary without touching the ground you score 6 runs and 4 if it bounces on its way.
Runs can be taken away from your score if you are out (stumps hit or caught). -5 runs for an out.
You can also lose runs for bowling too. If the ball is classed as a wide, deduct 2 runs or if it’s a no ball (bounces more than 2 times on its way to the batter or ends up over shoulder height) deduct 2 runs.
You can ‘get out’ as well and the same rules apply as in cricket such as not reaching the wicket before the opposition hits the stumps with the ball, caught out or bowled out.
So, who can play softball?
ANY female of ANY age and ANY fitness level.
You can play it competitively or just for a bit of fun.
You can see it as an exercise activity or even just meeting up with the girls for a laugh and a knock about.
What is there not to like?
Fancy having a go or take a look before trying it out?
Contact us here at Cornwall Cricket and we can tell you where your nearest club that offers Women’s Softball is and which evening and time etc.
Please see table below with information on clubs Winter sessions for women’s softball.
|Club||Days||Times||Lead Contact||Email Address||Venue|
|St Stephen||Thursdays||7.30-9.30||Mandy Hartleyemail@example.com||Brannel School|
|Wadebridge||Every other Friday||6-8pm||Katie Rixfirstname.lastname@example.org||Callywith College|
Let’s see more women, ladies and girls playing softball.
Please click below to see the success of women’s softball in the 2019 season.
Women’s Softball Impact report 2019
With the Summer season fast approaching, yesterday saw the completion of the inaugural women’s softball leagues. 2020 saw 10 teams enter the league, with only a certain amount of time available in the Centre, the teams were split into 2 leagues of 5, making 2 mini round robin events.
With the inevitable event of a team pulling out before the start of the league Pool A consisted of Porthleven, St Stephen, Roche and Hayle. With Roche and Hayle fielding young sides on both fixture dates the future is looking bright for girls cricket in those areas. Porthleven and St Stephen having a mix of younger and older players showed great commitment and enthusiasm. The improvement from Porthleven from the Summer events was clearly evident, Winter net training sessions had clearly helped. St Stephen are always enthusiastic and again train in the Winter which is great.
Porthleven 226-3, St Stephen 214-3
St Stephen 237-0, Hayle 214-2
Porthleven 229-2, Hayle 229-2
Porthleven 239-0, Roche 242-2
St Stephen 235-0, Roche 244-0
Hayle 231-3, Roche 232-1
Although not winning a game, Hayle grinding out a draw against Porthleven and only losing to league winners Roche by 1 run was a great achievement.
Pool B again saw a mix of younger and older players, great commitment was shown by Wadebridge who regularly train during the winter months. This is evident in their progression of basic skills such as bowling, backing up and running between the wickets. Grampound Rd fielded some youngsters which was great to see, their first experience of indoor cricket and as the other teams in pool A great potential for the future. It was great to see Penzance for the first time on the final day of the league, now they have experienced their first indoor event I’m sure we will be seeing much more of them. The league decider was nearly always going to be between both Wadebridge teams, some suicidal but effective running between the wickets by Wadebridge B turned out to be the difference in the end (35 runs by 1 pair in their 2 overs is amazing).
Grampound Rd 218-2, Paul 271-0
Wadebridge A 247-3, Paul 261-2
Wadebridge A 267-2, Grampound Rd 212-3
Wadebridge A 230-6, Penzance 224-3
Wadebridge B 270-0, Grampound Rd 240-2
Wadebridge A 263-2, Wadebridge B 279-0
Penzance 223-2, Grampound Rd 213-7
Pool A winners – Roche
Ladies Softball League Pool A
Ladies Softball League Pool B