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The Equipments

The equipments essential to play a Softball game includes gloves, a bat, a ball, uniforms, helmets, leg guard, chest guard, and umpire's kit.

The size of the Softball is slightly bigger than the ball used in Baseball. Despite the name, the ball used is not soft. It is about 12 inches. (30 cm) in circumference (sometimes larger for slow-pitch), which is 3 inches. (8 cm) larger than a baseball.

The bat used by the batter can be made wood, or composite materials (carbon fiber, etc.). Sizes may vary but they may be no more than 34 inches or 86 cm long, 2.25 inches or 6 cm in diameter, or 38 oz. or 1.2 kilograms in weight. In fast pitch softball, wooden bats are not allowed. The Slowpitch and Fastpitch softball bat barrel standard is 21/4 inches. Many players prefer a smaller barrel that lightens weight and provides more swing speed.

All defensive players wear fielding gloves, made of leather or similar material. Gloves have webbing between the thumb and forefinger, known as the "pocket". The first baseman and the catcher may wear mitts; mitts are distinguished from gloves in that they have extra padding, and no fingers. Gloves used in softball are usually larger than the ones used in baseball. No glove can be larger than 14" (36 cm).

A helmet is a face protection gear intended to prevent facial injuries. A helmet must have two ear flaps, one on each side. Helmets and cages that are damaged or altered are forbidden. Helmets must be worn by batters and runners in fastpitch. Helmets are optional in slowpitch.In fastpitch softball you have the option to wear a helmet with or without a face mask. In fast pitch, the catcher must wear a protective helmet with a face-mask and throat protector, shin guards and body protector. Shin guards also protect the kneecap.

In slow pitch, the catcher must wear a helmet and mask at youth levels. At adult levels, there is no formal requirement for the catcher to wear a mask, although the official rules recommend it. A female catcher may optionally wear a body protector in slow pitch.

In any form of softball, any player (other than fast pitch catchers on defense) can wear a protective face mask or face guard. As usual, it must be in proper condition and not damaged, altered, or the like.

Chest Guard (Chest protective equipment) is engineered to be lightweight and comfortable for optimal performance. It is designed to do its job i.e to protect you so you can go about doing your job. In addition it also has innovative safety and performance. Catcher's chest protective Gear are available in a variety of colors and styles.

The Leg Guards are sleek,lighter and are somewhat padded shinguards that extend usually from the ankle to the knee of the wearer and wrap all the way around the leg(s). They protect the shin, calf, etc. from getting bruised or damaged while sliding into homeplate and make it much more comfortable to slide into the plate. They provide protection and thus helps in enhancing performance.

Umpire performs tough job. Thus their protection gears require comfort, easy movement, visibility, and safety.Umpiers protection gears include Chest & leg guards & helmets.