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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Team Sports family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in H P 28.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Perform with increasing degree of proficiency the basic skills for softball
  • Perform sport training in team play at a level for college participation
Description -
Coeducational softball games with instruction in throwing, fielding and hitting.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate the fundamental skills of softball.
  2. demonstrate the knowledge on the rules of softball.
  3. recognize and apply the strategies of softball to a game situation.
  4. employ safety rules and sportsmanship.
  5. examine the historical development of softball in the United States.
  6. value softball as a lifelong fitness activity.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Softball glove, softball field, softballs, bats, catcher's mask and bases.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Fundamental skills of softball
    1. throwing
      1. physics
      2. technique
      3. weight transfer
    2. catching
      1. technique
      2. throwing hand position
      3. preparation
    3. hitting
      1. grip
      2. swing mechanics
      3. head-eye position
      4. footwork and weight transfer
    4. fielding
      1. infield positions
      2. outfield positions
      3. ground balls
      4. fly balls
      5. foul balls
  2. Strategies
    1. infield positions and responsibilities
    2. outfield positions and responsibilities
    3. base running situation
    4. double plays
    5. tagging up on fly balls
  3. Rules of softball
    1. slow pitch rules
    2. strike zones
    3. safety
    4. etiquette
  4. Historical development
    1. origins
    2. cultural influences
    3. introduction to U.S.
    4. collegiate
    5. professional
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Skills and techniques will be assessed by direct instructor observation during drills and game play.
  2. Demonstration of game rules and sportsmanship
Representative Text(s) -
Most current USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) Rule Book for Slow Pitch Softball

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, demonstration, and practice on the Softball Field
Lab Content -
  1. Fundamental Skills of Softball
  2. Slow Pitch Game Strategies
  3. USSSA Rules of the Game

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Recommend use of batting cages or enrolling in a community slow pitch league. Optional reading and writing assignments as determined by instructor.