As promised from our previous article, Gulf Coast Softball and where to play, here we will breakdown the various equipment you need to play.
As we previously talked about the different leagues you can play in (Men's only, Women's only, and Co-Ed) there are also different types of formats within those leagues.
Overhand Fast Pitch - This is mostly played by the all Men's leagues that are more athletic and skilled than the average man.
Underhand Fast Pitch - This is mostly played by all Women's leagues that are more athletic and skilled than the average woman.
Overhand Slow Pitch - This is played by every league but more commonly with all men's leagues. The idea of overhand slow pitch is that the ball must be pitched with an arc unlike the overhand fast pitch.
Underhand Slow Pitch - This is the most common format of them all. Played ball all leagues but more popular with the Co-Ed leagues. The ball must be pitched with an arc.
Now depending on which league you join and the format of that league the equipment changes. Lets start with the Softball Gloves. There are various gloves to choose from. Gloves are for every gender as well as the format you choose to play. The pricing can also range from $20 to well over $150. This would all depend on if you are looking for Slow Pitch Gloves, Fast Pitch Gloves, or the ones that are dual format. The best option is to go to a local sporting goods store and see what fits you properly. After that it would be best to look online and find the best price. Here is an example of a great mid price range glove.
Mizuno's Franchise slowpitch glove series is constructed from pre-oiled, Java Leather that is game ready and long lasting. Hi-Low Lacing maintains the integrity of a fully laced web while providing added flexibility for easier closure. The Parashock palm pad provides added protection while the PowerLock closure ensures a secure fit for maximum performance. 12.5 Inch Model Tartan X Web Pre-oiled, Java Leather Hi-Low Lacing Parashock Palm Pad PowerLock Closure -
Next we have bats. Bats are the same as gloves, in that every bat is for a different format. Besides Fast Pitch Bats or Slow Pitch Bats you will also find that softball bats vary in length and weight as