Position Responsibility


POSITIONS: Pitcher (1), Catcher(2), 1st Base (3), 2nd Base (4), 3rd Base (5), Shortstop (6), Left Field (7), Center Field (8) & Right Field (9)


  • Baseline — The baselines in softball are 60 feet. (Measuring baselines, the proper way to do it is from the back of home plate to the back white corner of first base. Then, from the back white corner of first base to the center of second base. Second to third is measured from the middle of second base to the back corner of third base, and finally, from the back corner of third base to the back of home plate is the third base line.)


  • Home to second base — The distance across the diamond from home plate to second base should be 84 feet and 10 ¼ inches. This is the same distance from first base to third base because the baseline creates a perfect square.


  • Home to front of pitching rubber — In high school and college softball, the distance from home plate to the front of the pitching rubber in the middle of the pitcher’s mound is 43 feet exactly. The pitching rubber itself is a white slab that is 24 inches long by 6 inches wide. It’s important that this distance is precise as even a slight variance either way could give a hitter or pitcher an advantage.


  • Pitcher’s circle and rubber — The radius of the pitcher’s circle around the pitcher’s rubber is 8 feet. Of course, this makes the diameter of the pitcher’s circle 16 feet. As for the rubber, the rules state it should measure 24 inches by 6 inches and be level with the ground.


  • Home plate to backstop — At minimum, the distance from the back of home plate to the backstop should be 25 feet. However, it can range up to 30 feet. This gives the catcher ample room to safely make a play on pop-ups in foul territory behind the plate.


  • Outfield — In women’s fast-pitch softball at the high school and college levels, the fences are placed an average of 220 feet from home plate. Leading up to the fence is a 10-foot warning track.