Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 players. Every team aims in scoring as many runs possible 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. The game is played on a smaller diamond than in baseball and despite the game's name, the standard softball is not soft; in fact, it is harder than a baseball.

We also offer individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic softball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team competition.

Softball can be offered as one of our Unified Sports®, in which people with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same team.

Find a Special Olympics Area program near you to participate. Contact your Region Director if you're interested in starting this sport in your Area.