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Broadly speaking, the 2 main versions of Softball played around the world are fastpitch andslowpitch. Many modifications have been made to cater for adults and children who want to play competitively or recreationally, who have limited time or are unable to commit to a full season, who want to play in single-sex or mixed teams – there is a version of the game for everyone.
Softball programs have been developed to encourage participation by children, Indigenous players, people with physical or intellectual disabilities and older players. Masters Softball for people 35 years and over is growing in popularity as a competitive and recreational sport. Visit the Softball Australia website for more information about these programs.
Newcastle & District Softball Association (NDSA) and it's affiliate clubs provide opportunities for people of all age, gender and skill level to participate in Softball at Local, State, National and International levels. Newcastle & District Softball Association's regular season competition runs over the summer months, between October and March each year. However there are opportunities to play softball all year round, both socially and competitively. You will find more information on the Events & Results section of this website, or you can contact the Association for more details.
NDSA also often runs Social Softball competitions, Come and Try days and coaching clinics for those starting out in Softball, or those who simply want to give the sport a try rather than committing to a full season. The best way to get started in Softball is to contact the Association or one of our Affiliate Clubs directly.
Softball is a relatively easy and affordable game to play. Players starting out require a few basic skills, comfortable clothing and some equipment, which many Clubs provide. It is also helpful to have an understanding of Softball terminology and rules. Visit the resources section of this website for more information.
For players who are starting out or who are keen to improve their skills, there are coaching resources, in a range of formats, available on this website and also on the Softball Australia website. Newcastle & District Softball Association runs various coaching clinics and participation days, in conjunction with our affiliate Clubs. Please contact the Association for more information.