Designed for kids who want to learn how to play softball, this helpful book provides clear, easy to follow instructions for interested children and parents. Unlike many how-to-play sports books for children, this one is written in a style kids can understand. There is basic information about the history of the sport, including the fact that softball can be traced back to 1887. At one time, the game was referred to as "mush ball" and "sissy ball," a backhanded acknowledgment that women could play a sport once thought to be a males-only pastime. Photographs and diagrams provide the reader with step by step instruction in pre-game warm-ups and the sport's mechanics. Useful information and reader-friendly pictures provide direction in various facets of softball, including: how to catch, throw, run, slide, bunt, and bat. Girls interested in playing the game will likely take comfort in the decision to use pictures of soft balling women as exemplars throughout the book, part of the 'Beginner Sports" series. Identical in content to Fundamental Softball, this book was written for children at a less advanced reading level.
Two different grade levels will find these introductory softball books important, providing colorful photos and clear explanations of the game and the rules for playing. Beginning Softball will reach grades 3-5 with its survey of moves, strategies, and drill procedures. Kristin Wolden Nitz also provides a guide for grades 6-9 in Fundamental Softball (ISBN: 0-8225-3460-8), which delves into the topic for an older audience, providing action photos and further tips and details. Both are fine introductions for beginners.