Softball: Baseball and Game

1041 WordsApr 19, 20055 Pages
Softball is a sport that is known throughout the United States and the world. Softball originated on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago in 1887. The game was actually said to have begun as an indoor game. Softball was started by a group of men who had gathered at a club to watch the Harvard vs. Yale football game. When the news came that Yale had defeated Harvard, 17-8, one Yale supporter, overcome with enthusiasm, picked up an old boxing glove and threw it at a nearby Harvard alumni, who promptly tried to hit it back with a stick. This gave George Hancock, a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade, an idea. He suggested a game of indoor baseball. Naturally, Hancock's friends thought he was talking about playing a game outdoors, not indoors.…show more content…
There are many rules of softball. The rules are used to organize the game and try to make the game fair and easy to play for both teams. The following rules are official ones that are governed by the Amateur Softball Association of America. These rules have been modified for the University of Maryland's intramural softball league. Tennis shoes or rubber-cleated shoes must be worn. Metal cleats are illegal in all leagues. Shoes deemed to be unsafe by the Intramural Sport Supervisor will also be prohibited. Game time is forfeit time. Teams must be ready to play at scheduled time with a minimum of 8 players. Penalty: Forfeit. Home team is determined by a pre-game coin toss. Seven innings will constitute an official game, unless time limit, darkness, rain or run rule prevails. 5 innings (4 1/2 if the home team is ahead) is an official game. If a game is postponed while in progress, it will be resumed at the point from which it was stopped. No new inning will be started after 60 minutes. Game time begins with the coin toss. At the end of the time limit the game will be called, unless darkness, rain, or run rule have been invoked. A team leading by 15+ runs after three innings or 10+ runs after five innings (4 1/2 innings if home team is ahead) or any complete inning thereafter will be declared the winner and the game complete. During the regular season, there will be no extra inning play. No
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