Softball Australia officially launched the novel Fully Loaded Softball for clubs and associations in the country, making available a set of resources to better understand and promote the new format of play, including the set of rules for different variations (T-Ball, fastpitch, slowpitch and elite international level); a Clubs and Associations Manual to organize Fully Loaded Softball events; and player, coaches and umpires fact sheets with the new format’s basic information.
Fully Loaded Softball has been developed to encapsulate everything exciting about the sport in a competitive, fast paced game, all wrapped up within 60 minutes.
Loaded bases ✅
Shorter fences ✅
3 innings ✅
Softball’s best bits in under 60 minutes ✅
Play #FullyLoadedSoftball at your Club or Association
— Softball Australia (@SoftballOz) March 28, 2019
The new format was presented during the inaugural Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball series, being broadcasted live and in primetime across Australia through FOX SPORTS Australia as well as internationally through the three-day Summer Slam tournament at Blacktown International Sportspark.
“The softball community saw just how exciting the Fully Loaded Softball format can be thanks to three days of live prime-time coverage on FOX SPORTS Australia in February,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.
“We’ve already seen great reports of clubs trialling Fully Loaded Softball games and tournaments and we look forward to reaching more clubs and in turn, new softballers by working with our state bodies in delivering the new format.”
Fully Loaded Softball begins with loaded bases at the start of each inning, shorter home run fences and wraps up in three innings per side.
There is no defensive time out or conferences and no warm up pitches, combined with a 30 second changeover between innings, what results is an action packed, fast and fun game which will continue to instil the core skills of softball in its purest form.
“Our overall goal with Fully Loaded Softball is to increase our participation numbers nationwide through returning and new softball players,” added Pryles.
“This new format is the perfect balance between introducing people to the game, while still satisfying the appetite of our softballer who plays for their club every weekend”.
For more information on facilitating the Fully Loaded Softball format or playing, visit www.fullyloadedsoftball.com.au.