by Mike Constanza
|Full-length Game Innings||In a full-length softball game, there are seven innings|
|College Softball Innings||In an NCAA college softball game, there are seven innings.|
|High School Softball Innings||High School softball games also have 7 innings.|
In a full-length softball game, there are seven innings. But if a team is leading and there is no chance of the other team catching up on the runs so the game can end sooner than the seven innings. Or if both team runs have a tie the game can continue for multiple hours until one team wins.
Softball games either for recreation purposes or in tournaments have typically seven innings. The number of players is nine on the field for each team. The innings in the softball are divided into top and bottom or first half and second half innings.
If the score of both teams is tied then extra innings are played to break the tie. The NCAA softball rules permit to put a runner of a team on second base to initiate the extra innings. The match ends and any team wins at the end of extra innings. By putting a baserunner of a team on a second base assist to speed up the game's conclusion. The extra innings in some baseball games work in this way.
If a team scores 2 runs in the first half of the 8th inning and the opposing team only scores 1 then the game finishes with the leading team's score.
The longest NCAA softball was between Utah vs. Creighton. The innings was stretched to 31 until the game was concluded. Creighton won the match in the end. The game took over 6.5 hours to end. It was the longest NCAA softball game ever.
The NCAA college softball game has seven innings for a full-length game. The innings have two halves, where both teams are given defensive and offensive roles. At first, one team turns to score about three outs during the top or first half of the match. Meantime, the other team has their turn to defend. The team that has the defending role records three outs, then they turn into the offensive side, switching the roles of the game. The team that has more runs is the winning team.
There are 9 players in each team on the field. If the score is tied between the two teams then the game is continued if the 7 innings end. The extra innings allows a player of a team on a second base to initiate the innings to pick up the speed for the game's results.
High School softball games also have 7 innings, the same as professional leagues and colleges. The game can have more than 7 innings if the score is tied. So the teams can have extra innings in such circumstances.
According to the International Federation of Softball, the rules and regulations of the softball game include 7 innings. If a situation occurs that both team scores are tied at the end of the 7th innings, then they can continue the game to break the tie. In this case, the duration of the game is extended considerably. In some circumstances, the umpire can call the game at their discretion over a specific reason, resulting in a shorter softball match.
The softball game has a rule called "the mercy rule," According to this rule, it allows to the end the game if one of the teams accumulates a much higher score than the opposing team. And if it looks unlikely that the other team could not catch up with the high score of the leading team.
The mercy rule is used to avoid any kind of humiliation of the losing team and, at the same time, avoids spending more time on the game.
If during a softball game it gets dark or rains then certain things can happen.
A softball game can last as long as it can. There is no breaking down of time in this game. If the defense is excellent in one team and if they could quickly eliminate the opposing team, then the game can end very soon. Otherwise, the game can be continued for multiple hours.
As a basic unit of the game, softball has innings just like baseball, and the difference between the two games, baseball, and softball, is that there are 7 innings in softball and nine innings in baseball. The 7 innings of the softball game can usually take up to 2 hours. But given to circumstances of the team, the game could be carried on for longer and shorter than the 2 hours.
Women's fastpitch softball game got its recognition in an official Olympic sport in 1996. It is since been played on and off in the Olympics. Softball was officially removed from the Olympics in 2012. In the 2024 Olympics softball would not be played.
About Mike Constanza
For years, Mike had always told everyone "no other sport like baseball." True to his word, he keeps diligently collecting baseball-related stuff: cards, hats, jerseys, photos, signatures, hangers, shorts (you name it); especially anything related to the legendary player Jim Bouton.
Mike honorably received Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. In his graduation speech, he went on and on about baseball... until his best friend, James, signaled him to shut it.
He then worked for a domain registrar in Phoenix, AZ; speciallizng in auction services. One day at work, he saw the site JimBouton.com pop on the for-sale list. Mike held his breath until decided to blow all of his savings for it.
Here we are; the site is where Mike expresses passion to the world. And certainly, he would try diversing it to various areas rather than just baseball.