Preferences Between Baseball and Fastpitch Softball Amongst Female Baseball Players

By Justine Siegal and Andy Li-An Ho

This article was published in the Fall 2013 Baseball Research Journal.

ABSTRACT Baseball is a male-dominated sport. Softball is often considered to be the “female counterpart” to baseball. Despite limited playing opportunities, girls and women are playing baseball. The purpose of the present study was to explore the preferences of female baseball players regarding the differences between baseball and fastpitch softball. Female baseball players (N=49) participating in an international baseball tournament for women completed a two-page questionnaire on their preferences between fastpitch and baseball. The results indicate the majority of baseball players preferred baseball to fastpitch and did not consider the . . .

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