If you love a fast-paced game you can play indoors and gives you all the thrill and excitement of baseball; then it’s time to check out Softball. Softball is a much-maligned variation of baseball that has an exciting history and just as fierce a spirit of competition as the more famous baseball. If you know and love this game and its storied past, then World Softball Day is for you.

Learn about World Softball Day 

World Softball Day is all about encouraging federations and individuals around the world to get involved in softball. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how good you are, or where you come from, this day is about showing that anyone can participate in the sport. 

It’s not just about promoting softball either; it is bigger than this. It is about promoting physical activity in general and good health, as well as international spirit and social integration. World Softball Day is also important for inspiring future generations of girls and boys in order to seek excellence and become empowered through sport. This is a great day for us to inspire people to become active in sport; anyone can do it! 

History of World Softball Day

Softball was not invented, as many suspect, to create an easier version of Baseball intended for youth and women to play, but instead was created so that the great sport of baseball could be brought indoors and enjoyed all year round. This misconception, combined with the idea that the game is in any way easier and less competitive than its hardball cousin is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the game. Yes, the ball used in softball used to BE soft, hence the name, but there’s far more to it than that.

Due to the nature of the game, the runner has less time to get to first base, or in fact to any of the plates, due to the overall diamond and field being far smaller. Additionally, there is less time for the ball to GET to first base for much the same reason, so the difficulty level for both the runner and the opposing team are both increased, and that’s just one way everything is ramped up when you reduce the field. Softball comes in three variations, and if you’re interested, we encourage you to look into them and learn more about this great game.

We have seen World Softball Day celebrated across many different cultures and countries over the years. It has become one of the most adaptable and culturally diverse sports, as well as being vital in terms of providing youth and women with opportunities and pathways to participate in sport.

In fact, World Softball Day often generates a considerable amount of global attention, with events and activities taking place in many different countries. This includes places across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East whereby the non-contact nature and flexible dress code of softball make the sport appealing to Muslim women and girls, as well as people from other diverse backgrounds.

How to celebrate World Softball Day

Speaking of learning more about this great game, that’s a perfect way to spend your World Softball Day, followed up by getting a group of friends together for a game. World Softball Day is a great chance to get out into the world and participate in a sport many of us haven’t played since we were kids. For many of us, it will be the only time this year that we get outside and play a game with our friends. Whether you’re doing it for bonding, nostalgia, or to find out what it’s all about, get out and play a game of softball on World Softball Day.

Of course, you don’t have to go to the effort of organizing a game yourself. It is advisable to do a bit of research online to find out whether or not there are any softball events that are going on in your local area.

As mentioned, this is an event that is widely celebrated across the world, and so there is a high chance that there is going to be something going on near you. There are plenty of calendars and event resources online, and you can also check out event pages on Facebook to see if anyone is organizing anything that’s easy for you to get to. 

You can also use World Softball Day as the perfect opportunity to fundraise for grassroots sports too. Grassroots is simply the most basic level of sports in your region. Fundraising is critical to help future sports stars.

Even the smallest of donations can pave the way for the stars of tomorrow. You never know; your softball event could end up resulting in making donations that contribute to the next big superstar in the sport. Pretty cool, right? You don’t need to think of anything complex in order to successfully fundraise for softball.

All you need is to get a game going and you can charge people to participate or an entry fee to watch. You can make it a day filled with other activities as well, whether this is a raffle, cake stall, egg and spoon race, or a combination of all of them! This may sound like a big undertaking, but all you need to do is get a group of people together in the community that are willing to help and things will get rolling pretty quickly.

Key Info

Dates
Every June 13th
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Founded in
June 13, 1991
Founded by
International Softball Federation (ISF) President Don Porter

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