Softball: make a home run.
Softball is a multi-faceted game that requires a range of abilities and skills. It’s played all around the world, and in every corner of Australia. Closely related to baseball, the rules of the game are similar. Players have the opportunity to run, throw, catch and hit. It’s a high-tempo, low scoring game that provides a full-body workout using both large and small muscles. Teamwork is crucial along with quick decision-making and good hand-eye coordination.
Softball in Australia is governed by its peak body, Softball Australia with membership across 8 states/territories and 600 affiliated clubs and Associations. Softball Australia manages the participation and development of softball through programs from grassroots to the elite level. Softball has a long and rich history in Australia dating back to 1939. Australia has several national teams (women’s and men’s); Open Women’s, Open Men’s, Junior Women’s (U19) and Junior Men’s (U19). Softball SA can help you find a Club near you.
Softball SA is the state body for Softball in South Australia and is affiliated with Softball Australia and works to increase junior participation in the state.
Programs on offer include:
- Home Run Heroes – an introductory 6-week program for children aged 4-10 years in two different age options (4-7 and 7-10). Kids throw, jump, run, laugh and build confidence as they uncover the hero within.
- Dragons Program – softball players aged 10-17 are given an opportunity to take their game to the next level, developing players into the state’s next stars, ready for interstate competitions and state selection.
Softball Australia, Member States, clubs and associations aim to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in softball at all levels through inclusive programs, accessible and welcoming facilities, trained volunteers, skilled coaches and officials as demonstrated through national programs, competitions and initiatives including Softball BatterUp, Sporting Schools, Social 7s, the Indigenous Softball Program, Softball Community Coaching Program, accredited coaching, scoring and officiating courses, National Affiliation Standards and the Strike Out Barriers to Sport through Softball program engaging with migrant and refugee communities.
Softball is the sport of choice for Indigenous girls and Softball Australia is committed to working with states, territories and Associations to deliver its Indigenous Softball Program through urban, rural and remote areas. Australian Aboriginals have represented their state and country as members of the national and state teams. Joanne Lesiputty represented Australia in 1987 and Rose Damaso represented NT in the state representative side.
- School Programs (Primary and Secondary Schools, T-Ball programs, teaching resource)