A slow-pitch softball team is made up of 10 people, 5 girls and 5 guys. The positions are largely the same as baseball, with an extra person in the outfield. The pitching is done under arm at a slow speed so the batting is a lot easier and safer than in baseball. This gives people of all abilities the opportunity to play. Matches usually last 7 innings, which may seem a lot but the time actually flies by! Matches usually last around an hour.
There are 3 main ways to get batters out:
1) Strikeout - As a batter, 3 strikes and you're out!!! You get strikes by swinging and missing a pitch, if a pitch passes through the strike zone (an imaginary box between the batters knee and shoulders) or if a ball is hit 'foul' or out of the diamond
2) 'Fly' Out - If a batter hits the ball in the air and it is caught by a fielder before it bounces the batter is out.
3) 'Ground' Out - If a batter hits the ball along the ground and the fielder's manage to get the ball to the base the batter is running to before the batter arrives they are called out. The batter can also be 'tagged' with the ball by the fielders, and if they are not on a base they are out.
Don't worry if it seems confusing! Come along to training and someone will happily answer any questions you have.