Canadian Softball

Softball is a game that originated in the United States. It first appeared at the end of the 19th century in Chicago. In general terms, softball is very similar to baseball, but there are still differences. They have to do with the size of the ball that is played and the size of the field. Since the players need less time for all of their actions on the field than in baseball, the game is played faster.

The game was originally designed to be played indoors. However, today it is played outdoors. The rules of the game have not changed.

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Softball Betting and Sports Associations

In the early years, softball was played at the amateur level, among friends. Over time, with the sport's growing popularity, various leagues began to appear, including in Canada, such as the Canadian Softball Association. The manifestation of the great interest of many people and the transition from amateur to professional level began to attract those interested in betting on sports. So now, Softball betting is done at the same level as many other sports that can be found on all of Canada's top gambling platforms, for example, one of the biggest in Canada, along with other online casino games. Although there aren't many significant games in the sport yet, there are still plenty of events in Softball associations and leagues that bettors take note of.

Canadian Amateur Softball Association

The Canadian Softball Association (Softball Canada) is a Canadian amateur association based in Ottawa, Ontario. It was formed in 1965 and has since evolved into one of the largest softball associations in Canada, serving as the governing body today.

This organization leads the development of softball with a focus on providing opportunities for participation in a positive, healthy atmosphere that is consistent with sportsmanship, being a directed athlete development program and promoting opportunities for success at all levels of competition. The association has four softball teams under its umbrella: the adult men’s and women’s softball teams and the junior men’s and women’s softball teams. All are nationally ranked and are active in international competitions.

All of the association’s professional development programs for coaches are internationally recognized. In addition, new programs are being developed that will promote the long-term development of softball players in Canada.

Although the association is non-commercial, it still has its board of directors. It is elected by the other associations located in the 12 provinces of the country. These are usually territorial organizations.

Parkwood Hills Softball Association

Parkwood Hills Softball Association (PHSA) is a member Ottawa Softball organization that offers leagues for beginners, competitive teams, and everyone between. Ottawa Softball is an organization run by players, for players with a dedication to growing the sport in the National Capital Region.

Parkwood Hills Softball Association and Mixed Teen Softball Tournament

John Turner, a member of the Parkwood Hills Softball Association Executive, spent some time trying to put together the mixed boys and girls teen tournament, extending invitations to various softball associations or leagues in the city such as Manotick, Cumberland and Kanata, to mention a few but these leagues already had something else going or had closed for the season. Just when it looked like it was impossible after all, the PHSA teens formed a team, then Barrhaven answered the call sending 2 teams, as well as a team, put together by John’s daughter Kristina. Kristina has always played on her father’s teams, who is also a coach in the PHSA and this time, she wanted to challenge her father to a duel and not only did she put together a team of friends who have never played before but her team also made it to the finals to play against her father’s undefeated team. A total surprise to everyone.

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The Nepean Sunday Mixed Softball League

The Nepean Sunday Mixed Softball League is a co-ed recreational league that plays its games on Sunday evenings, usually at the Nepean Sportsplex (Hamilton Yards) or Trend Arlington (off Greenbank Road) ball diamonds.

The league originated in 1986 run by Lawrence Chiabai, and a gentleman whose name is in question at this time. That first year the league had 6 teams playing at a diamond in the Rockcliffe Air Force Base.

A few years later, the league was moved to Nepean, and under the leadership of Joe Tremblay and Gary Tinker, the league exploded to 16 teams.

With the numbers declining, the league was adopted by Shawn Seary, who at the time was running the Parkwood Hills Softball League.

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The graduate-level of Softball competitions

The graduate-level offers both female and male softball players a chance to continue to play for a few more years while they pursue their studies in college or university. This age bracket is for those 18 – 22 years old. 18 because they are too old for Maxi or Pee Wee and just out of High School and entering their first year of post-secondary schooling or the workforce. The cut-off age is 22 because this is often the final year for post-secondary students, where they are under the most pressure for their educational requirements. They may be seeking some form of stress relief and still enjoy the game of softball and continue their contact with friends from high school. 

This level is co-ed, with some modifications to the way it is played. Such as players scoring by crossing a scoring line rather than running to the home plate also the addition of a commitment line, and a few other rule modifications to ensure safety and make the game more fun and challenging to the players’ skills.

Features of softball

  1. Base/Pitcher's mound - bases must be measured and nailed down. Bases 60ft, pitchers board 40 ft.

  2. Pitching - Conventional pitching for both male and female players. Alternate between female and male pitchers each inning.

  3. No Pitcher may appear in more than 3 innings per game. During the playoffs, if a game should go into extra innings, the pitching rotation will start over. It is considered an appearance even if only one pitch is thrown. 

  4. #12 balls with a core 47 (flight restricted) will be used. Aluminum SOFTBALL bats, approved by Softball Canada only.

  5. The ratio of female and male players is 5 males and 4 females for a total of 9 players on the field each inning. Maximum of 3 females infield in any position. Teams can have as many as 12 players. The team that is short players can play with 7 on the field, and 3 of these must be females.

  6. Strike Zone - armpit to top of the knee (Umpire's discretion)

  7. Run on dropped 3rd strike - runner may run on dropped 3rd strike if no one on 1st base or if there are 2 outs. 

  8. Leading - No leading off the base allowed until the ball crosses home plate.

  9. Sliding - Base runners may slide into 2nd or 3rd bases. 

  10. Home Plate - no tag at home plate. The catcher must touch home plate. The runner is not allowed to touch the homeplate, instead the runner crosses a scoring line. If a runner touches homeplate, he automatically out. If the catcher tags runner with the ball, the runner is automatically safe.

  11. The commitment line is 30 feet from 3rd base. Once the runner crosses the commitment line, cannot turn back to 3rd base, this is an automatic out.

  12. The maximum number of runs per inning is 5. No limit in the last inning. 

  13. Each game is 6 innings. In the event of a tie, no extra innings in the regular season, only in playoffs.

  14. The batting order is alternating sexes. Male - Female or Female - Male

  15. Overthrow - one base awarded if out of bounds. The play is dead when the pitcher/ball is within 6 ft of the mound.

  16. All batters/runners must wear a batting helmet when at bat and running bases. If the runner intentionally removes the batting helmet at the Umpire's discretion, he/she is out. 

  17. All catchers must wear protective gear intended for catchers. 

  18. No jewellery is allowed to be worn during a game. Loop earrings must not fit over the baby's finger otherwise will have to be removed. 

  19. Only the Team Coach may approach the Umpire to question a call. 

  20. No steel cleats may be worn. 

  21. Rain-out games are called by a convenor one hour before the start of the game. If it rains just as the game is about to start, it is at the Umpire's discretion. Games already in progress when it starts to rain can be halted by the Umpire, and the team with the most runs wins the game, providing the difference in the score is greater than 5 runs.

  22. All game results must be submitted to the convenor immediately after the game. Failure to do so will result in the win not being credited. 

  23. All players must have played a fielding position at least one inning to be eligible at bat. No player sits out more than 1 inning until all players of that team have sat out 1 inning.

  24. Pinch runners (courtesy runners) are permitted for reasons of injury, only upon agreement of the opposing Team Captain and the Umpire. There is no maximum use of the number of times but must be of the same sex as the batter and the last recorded out in the batting order. Must start at homeplate at a position pointed out by the Umpire. 

  25. A batter may walk if hit by a pitch. 

  26. Blood rule: No player may play with an open wound or bleeding wound until the wound has been covered and stopped bleeding. 

  27. To be eligible to play in the playoffs, each player must have played at least half the number of regular scheduled games. 

  28. Teams may borrow players from other teams only if they do not have enough players of their own, and the opposing team Captain agrees. Borrowed players must come from a team not playing and is a registered player with the PHSA Graduate Division. No players may be called up from Maxi/Pee Wee level.