Slowpitch softball, which makes up over 90% of the sport in the UK, is a fun and social game which is easy to learn and play, even if you don’t have a sporting background or athletic skills.
Softball is related to rounders, cricket and baseball: when your team is on offense, you hit a slowly-pitched ball with a round bat and attempt to advance around four bases and score a run. Meanwhile, the defense is trying to get you out by catching balls hit in the air or throwing the ball to the base you’re attempting to reach. A full game, consisting of seven “innings”, usually takes between 60 and 90 minutes.
Slowpitch softball is played in leagues based in most major towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales, and is usually played by teams made up of equal numbers of female and male players.
There are also some all-women slowpitch teams, but the main all-women format of the sport is called fastpitch softball, and is a bit more athletically and tactically challenging.