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Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 to 14 players. Every team aims in scoring as many runs possible, against the opponents 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.

Participants will be divisioned by Special Olympics South Dakota by skill level, ability, age, and gender.

This sport offers a Unified option. This gives individuals both with and without intellectual disabilities a chance to compete on the same team. This sport also offers Individual Skills, which gives lower-ability or new athletes a chance to compete and showcase the skills they are learning in that sport.

Athlete Resources

Events Offered

  • Coach Pitch
  • Tee Ball
  • Unified Softball
  • Individual Softball Skills – Base running, Throwing, Fielding, and Hitting

Competition Season

Softball competition season takes place from July through September.

Coaches Resources

Upcoming Softball Events

Southeast Area Softball

August 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sherman Park – Sioux Falls
Sherman Park Rd
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 United States
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Black Hills Area Softball

icon of a person playing softball.August 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Parkview Complex
4415 Parkview Dr
Rapid City, 57701 United States
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State Fall Classic – Softball

September 21 - September 22
Parkview Complex
4415 Parkview Dr
Rapid City, 57701 United States
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