How many players are there in a softball team ?


Quick Answer

There are nine players in a regulation softball team. However, some youth leagues and slow-pitch leagues allow 10 players. Teams may also have substitutes, who are often referred to as pinch hitters, pinch runners or relief pitchers.

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On defense, the players occupy nine positions, including the pitcher. In the infield, there are six positions: pitcher, catcher, first base, second base, third base and shortstop. In the outfield, there are three positions: left field, right field and center field. In youth leagues or slow-pitch softball, there is an extra fielder.

On offense, the nine players bat in a pre-specified order. Some softball organizations allow teams to use a designated hitter. That means that a player who isn't on the defensive team may bat in place of the pitcher.

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