Coed Softball

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Game Coed Softball
Game Family Baseball Baseball
Location US
Regions US
Eras Derivative, Contemporary
Invented No
Description

Coed softball is basically just softball using female as well as male players.

It is, however, evolving a bit independently.  Local coed leagues have formed for after-work play in US cities.  It seems to have become necessary to add some rules to ensure that women are not put at a disadvantage (and so continue to participate) among all those males with more ballplaying experience and more upper-body strength.

Examples include use of a smaller ball, requiring outfields to play deep enough to allow balls to drop in the outfield, requiring alternating genders in the batting order, etc. 

 

Sources

Heather Hopp-Bruce, "Easy Out: Coed Softball Rules Explained," Boston Sunday Globe, July 23, 2015, page K3. 

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Protoball guesses that there is considerable local variation in such rules.



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