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Neighborhood soft ball games are the perfect way to spend a couple of hours with friends and family. If you are looking for a great way to get to know your neighbors and enjoy a little bit of friendly competition in the process, then why not dig out that old baseball glove and bat and get your neighbors together for a soft ball game? Soft ball is an easy sport to play and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and all athletic levels. If you have a spare couple of hours and an empty field or other large space, then you are ready to play ball!

How to Play Soft Ball

Soft ball is similar to baseball except it is played with a much larger ball. Furthermore, the pitcher is a part of your own team rather than the opposing team. What this means is that the pitcher is trying to ensure that his players actually hit the ball rather than striking them out. This means the pitches are softer and easier to hit as they are underhand and tend to be lobbed across the plate. Furthermore, because the ball is much larger you also have a better chance of making contact with the ball.

Other than the pitcher and the batter, soft ball also requires a bat catcher, a short stop, a first, second and third baseman, outfielders and a short stop. The object of the game is to try to get the batter 'out' by tagging the base before he reaches it or by catching his batted ball in the air before it touches the ground. Each team will need to get three 'outs' before they switch. Every time a batter gets around to home plate, then this is one point for the batting team.

Starting a Soft Ball Game

To start a neighborhood soft ball game or league in your complex or on your street you need to get the word out. One option is to post a couple of posters on the walls and notice boards in your complex. Give out your number or email address and see if you get any bites. Or, you may wish to bring up the idea when you see your neighbors out and about around the complex. Once you get a few people interested you can select a date and time and then contact people individually to see if they are around and interested to play on that selected day.

On the day of the game, you will want to get as many people as possible to play. Ten per team is a good number but if you cannot get this, then try to get as close as possible. You may want to make it an adult only game while the kids watch on the side or you may wish to let them join in on the fun. This all depends on the numbers you are working with among other things.

In addition to the right amount of people, neighborhood soft ball games also requires baseball gloves for each player, a few soft balls, a few bats and bases for the pitcher, first base, second base, third base and home. You can purchase these items at any sporting store.

Soft ball is a non contact, non intense sport and there is very little exercise and running involved. What this means is that you don't have to be in the best of shape to play. For neighborhood soft ball games, all you need is a little determination, good hand-eye coordination and a keen sense of fun.

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