About

Over the past few years, there has been growing interest in slowpitch softball on the continent of Europe. An increasing number of countries are entering teams in the annual European Chamionships and several International Tournaments. 
More and more countries are starting slowpitch leagues or holding domestic slowpitch tournaments. 


Slowpitch softball is a fun team game that anyone can play. You don’t have to be a natural athlete or take up a demanding training regime. Men and women of all ages and abilities play together, at the same level. You don’t even have to do all that much running – it’s a sport that’s more about skill than endurance.
Slowpitch is an ideal sport for company teams, or university teams, or teams made up from groups of friends. And it’s the ideal summer social sport, which is why it’s easy to get people to try it. But co-ed slowpitch, like fastpitch, can also be played at a high level, where it becomes an exciting sport with breathtaking skills. 

About Slowpitch

Slowpitch: the basics

The Team

Slowpitch can be played either as a co-ed game or as a single-sex game by men or women.
Whichever is played, a slowpitch team has 10 players on the field, with four outfielders instead of three. All other positions are the same. There are no fixed rules about where those four outfielders are positioned.
When played as a co-ed game, the standard rule is that there must be five men and five women on the field: two men and two women in the outfield and two men and two women in the infield at whatever positions the team decides. The pitcher and catcher must be one of each.
Where a co-ed game is played with the standard five men and five women on the field, the batting order must be constructed so that a woman is followed by a man and vice-versa. You can never have two men or two women bat consecutively.


Pitching

In slowpitch, the ball is delivered underhand with one foot remaining in contact with the pitching plate until the ball is released. A legal pitch has to describe an arc reaching a minimum of 1.82 metres and a maximum of 3.65 metres. This arc ensures that the pitched ball will travel slowly. The judgment about whether a pitch conforms to these parameters is made by the home plate umpire.

It’s true that slowpitch pitching – where the ball is lobbed in a slow arc from pitcher to batter – presents no obvious challenges for hitters. That’s why the game seems easy to people playing for the first time, even if they have no previous sporting experience. Anyone can hit the ball!

Pitching in slowpitch might seem like a waste of time, because everyone is going to hit. But a skilled and accurate pitcher can control how hard pitches are hit and where those hits go. There are subtle skills that make a good slowpitch pitcher extremely valuable to his or her team.

Offence and Defence

There’s no bunting or base-stealing in slowpitch softball, so people ask: “Where’s the strategy?” Well, it’s true that there is less strategy in slowpitch than in fastpitch, but that doesn’t mean there is none. In fastpitch, runs are extremely valuable commodities; in slowpitch, it’s outs that are worth their weight in gold, and good teams make sure this is reflected in their approach to game situations. 


As we mentioned,  in this game, anyone can hit the ball! But that doesn’t mean that slowpitch requires no real skill or athleticism to play successfully.
Defensive players on a slowpitch team are confronted by many more hard-hit balls than in a fastpitch or baseball game. How well can the defense cope with those hits, and with the larger number of baserunners that a slowpitch game inevitably produces?

Organizations

KBBSF - FRBBS

Royal Belgian Baseball & Softball Federation.

Baseball has been around since the 1920's in Belgium. Today our sports are thriving as never before. 44 clubs make up the Royal Belgium Baseball & Softball Federation (KBBSF - FRBBS) with 4000 members and over 3000 active competitive players.

VBSL

Royal Belgian Baseball & Softball Federation.

Baseball has been around since the 1920's in Belgium. Today our sports are thriving as never before. 44 clubs make up the Royal Belgium Baseball & Softball Federation (KBBSF - FRBBS) with 4000 members and over 3000 active competitive players.

LFBBS

Royal Belgian Baseball & Softball Federation.

Baseball has been around since the 1920's in Belgium. Today our sports are thriving as never before. 44 clubs make up the Royal Belgium Baseball & Softball Federation (KBBSF - FRBBS) with 4000 members and over 3000 active competitive players.

ESF - Softball Europe

The European Softball Federation (ESF) connects  and represents all European National Softball Federations on a European-wide level.  

The ESF organizes two types of official softball competitions: European Championships, for national Teams; and European Cups, for club teams. 

WBSC 

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the international governing body for baseball and softball. The WBSC has 198 National Federations and 12 Associate Members in 138 countries

ESSL 

European Slowpitch Softball League

ESSL 

International Slow Pitch Softball


The mission of ISPS is to grow our beloved sport of Slow Pitch Softball around the globe.