- It was invented in 1887 in Chicago as an indoor game. It was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground, softbund ball, kitten ball, and, because it was also played by women, ladies' baseball. The name softball was given to the game in 1926.
- In fast pitch softball, the pitch is fast, there are nine players on the field at one time, and bunting and stealing are permitted.
Equipment required in softball includes a ball, a bat, gloves, uniforms and protective gear: for example, helmets for the batter, a helmet, shin guards and chest protector for the defensive catcher. Also cleats, sliding shorts, face masks and knee sliders may be worn for softball.