What is Slowpitch Softball?
Slowpitch softball is the most popular and easily accessible format of baseball and softball that exists today in the UK. It's a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly underarm to each batter (as the name implies!), it's easy to hit the ball and get involved in the game. Once you've hit the ball you then attempt to advance around four bases to score a run. Meanwhile the defence is trying to get you out either by catching balls hit in the air or throwing the ball to the base before you get there. Like baseball, the defence also wear a glove on their non-throwing hand.
Slowpitch is a game that's easy to pick up and accommodates mixed abilities, with both experienced players and novices able to play on the same team. Teams are mixed-gender with up to 12 players per team (with 10 fielding at a time) and slowpitch is a popular sport among players from the LGBTQ+ community. All this gives the sport a great buzz, and most clubs have a great social scene!
Slowpitch is played both recreationally and competitively in many summer leagues weekend tournaments across the country, including at the Farnham Park National Baseball & Softball Complex. There are over 20 leagues and hundreds of teams across the country. Many teams, including Coventry Blitz also play indoors during the winter for all year round action!
Softball is a great way to get active outside and be part of a team. You'll be sure of a warm welcome and will establish new friendships with ease. Coventry Blitz offer the first two outdoor sessions free of charge with equipment available (bats/gloves) should you not have your own.
Slowpitch softball is governed in the UK by the British Softball Federation (BSF)