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Welcome to the ultimate Softball Quiz!

Ready to step up to the plate and prove your knowledge of this fast-paced sport? We’ve prepared a curveball of questions to challenge your softball expertise.

Keep track of your correct answers and check out our result table to see how well you’ve pitched.

So, grab your glove, warm up that throwing arm, and let’s find out if you can hit a home run with your softball trivia knowledge!


Table of Contents

1. In which year was softball invented?

  • A) 1887
  • B) 1900
  • C) 1924

2. What was the original name of softball?

  • A) Kitten Ball
  • B) Turkishball
  • C) Indoor Baseball

3. How many players are on a softball team on the field?

  • A) 7
  • B) 9
  • C) 11

4. Which of these is not a position in softball?

  • A) First Base
  • B) Rover
  • C) Center Forward

5. How many innings are in a standard softball game?

  • A) 5
  • B) 7
  • C) 9

6. What are the dimensions of a regulation softball field?

  • A) 200-250 ft
  • B) 250-300 ft
  • C) 300-350 ft

7. What is the composition of a regulation softball?

  • A) Cork and rubber
  • B) Leather and rubber
  • C) Foam and rubber

8. Who officially controls the rules for fastpitch softball?

  • A) ASA
  • B) MLB
  • C) USSSA

9. Which is not a base-running strategy in softball?

  • A) Sliding
  • B) Tagging up
  • C) Handball

10. What is the distance between bases in softball?

  • A) 50 ft
  • B) 60 ft
  • C) 90 ft

11. What is the name of the pitching style where the pitcher’s arm makes a windmill motion?

  • A) Curveball
  • B) Fastpitch
  • C) Overhand

12. How do you score a run in softball?

  • A) Reach first base
  • B) Hit a ball over the fence
  • C) Touch home plate

13. What is a “double play” in softball?

  • A) Two-base hit
  • B) Two strikeouts in a row
  • C) Two outs made in one play

14. What is the maximum number of strikes allowed before a batter is out in softball?

  • A) 2
  • B) 3
  • C) 4

15. What is the term used when a defensive player tags a base with the ball to get a runner out between bases?

  • A) Force out
  • B) Tag out
  • C) Pickle

16. What is it called when a player hits the ball and advances to first base without being put out?

  • A) Home run
  • B) Single
  • C) Triple

17. How high is the pitching mound in fastpitch softball?

  • A) 2 inches
  • B) 4 inches
  • C) There is no mound

18. How many outs are there in each half-inning of softball?

  • A) 2
  • B) 3
  • C) 4

19. What is the name of the temporary extra player on a softball team?

  • A) Extra hitter
  • B) Substitute
  • C) Designated player

20. What is the standard diameter of a softball?

  • A) 10 inches
  • B) 11 inches
  • C) 12 inches

21. What is the term used for running to the next base before the pitcher releases the ball?

  • A) Stealing
  • B) Leading off
  • C) Bunting

22. In softball, what is considered a perfect game for a pitcher?

  • A) Striking out every batter
  • B) No hits, runs, or errors
  • C) A shutout

23. What is the term used when a batter taps the ball lightly without swinging the bat?

  • A) Beep hit
  • B) Bunt
  • C) Brush hit

24. When is a player considered “out” in softball?

  • A) When they have three strikes
  • B) When the ball is caught before it touches the ground
  • C) Both A and B

25. What is the term for a player hitting the ball so that it touches the ground in the outfield in such a way that the batter can reach a base?

  • A) Groove hit
  • B) Ground ball
  • C) Line drive

26. What is the term for the protective gear worn by catchers to protect their chest and abdomen?

  • A) Chest guard
  • B) Chest protector
  • C) Rib shield

27. When a pitcher makes an illegal pitch, what is it called?

  • A) Balk
  • B) No pitch
  • C) Foul ball

28. What is it called when a batter hits the ball over the outfield fence between the foul lines?

  • A) Home run
  • B) Double
  • C) Triple

29. What does the acronym ASA stand for?

  • A) American Softball Association
  • B) Amateur Softball Association
  • C) American Sports Association

30. Which country won the gold medal in women’s softball during the 2008 Olympic Games?

  • A) USA
  • B) Japan
  • C) China

31. What is the name of the area in which the pitcher must pitch from?

  • A) Pitching mound
  • B) Pitching circle
  • C) Pitching square

32. How is a softball game started?

  • A) Coin toss
  • B) Umpire’s call
  • C) Home team bats first

33. Which position is responsible for covering the majority of the outfield in softball?

  • A) Center fielder
  • B) Left fielder
  • C) Right fielder


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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Max is a sports enthusiast who loves all kinds of ball and water sports. He founded & runs stand-up-paddling.org (#1 German Paddleboarding Blog), played competitive Badminton and Mini Golf (competed on national level in Germany), started learning ‘real’ Golf and dabbled in dozens of other sports & activities.

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