Softball is a bat-and-ball sport offered in team and individual skills competitions. Teams try to score as many runs possible against the opponents by striking the ball with a specific bat. It is a direct descendant of baseball although there are some key differences: softballs are larger than baseballs, and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand.
Did you know?
- The Special Olympics North Carolina softball program has grown significantly since it was first introduced at the 1984 Summer Games.
- Davidson County started the Unified softball program in 1990. This was also the first Unified team of any kind at Special Olympics North Carolina.
- Despite the game’s name, the standard softball is not soft. In fact, it is harder than a baseball.
- T-ball, an additional event offered in the Special Olympics Softball rules, is gaining popularity among programs as a transition from individual skills to traditional team play.