Can you point out what is the similarity between softball and baseball? Well, softball is directly descended from baseball, and which is why both share some similarities. However, there are also some important differences between the two. Softball is a nine-a-side game, which is played on a grass diamond, with a batter attempting to hit pitches and get onto base. It was basically developed as a game for women, in the late 19th century. It was after the World War II, softball got national prominence.
Softball evolved as an indoor version of baseball, however, the two involve completely different sets of rules and playing conditions. Of course, the two involve four main activities or skills- throwing, including pitching and fielding; catching; batting; and base running, but the primary difference between them is that they involve different techniques, by which the ball is pitched to the batter.
There are some rules in baseball and softball which are similar. For instance, slap bunting rules are the same for both, but they are used more often in softball. Substitution rules are basically the same, but differences are here too. Fast pitch softball is played with a twelve-inch ball, and metal bats. The distance between the each base is 60 feet long each base. From the pitchers mound to home plate it measures 43 feet in length. The pitching circle is 12 feet in diameter. From these points we can say that baseball and softball are not sports based on player strength, but of explosion and intelligence.
The another point also, we can talk about the similarities or differences between baseball and softball is the bats involve in both the sports. Softball bats have a maximum barrel diameter of 2 ¼", making it a bit difficult to make solid contact with the ball. While, baseball bats have a maximum diameter of 2 ¾" and have a longer range. The similarity for both baseball and softball bats is that bats are made of special composites. These materials are made up of carbon, glass and fibers embedded in a polymer matrix make.