Is Softball Harder Than Baseball?!


Illana Harris, reporter

A lot of people think that just because a baseball is smaller than a softball, that it’s an easier sport, but I think that softball is harder. You’re probably thinking “well, how come?” Well, for starters, baseball and softball have pretty much the same rules, BUT, in baseball, the ball is pitched from an elevated mound that is 60-feet away from the plate. In softball, the ball has to be thrown underhand. In baseball, the pitch is almost always done overhand or sidearm. We say ‘almost always’ because there is nothing in the rules stopping a baseball pitcher throwing underhand, so it’s a lot harder to pitch underhand than overhand. Secondly, a regulation softball is significantly larger than a regulation baseball. A softball measures between 11.88 and 12.13 inches in circumference and weighs between 6.25 and 7.00 ounces; a baseball measures between 9.00 and 9.25 inches in circumference and weighs between 5.00 and 5.25 ounces, so a softball is harder to catch and throw because of its size. In softball, there’s some bats that are not allowed in certain games, so if you have a bat that can’t be in the games, they will call you out, and the other team gets an out. In baseball, that doesn’t happen; so I rest my case. I think that softball is a harder sport than softball.