Choosing the right Softball

Softballs are the balls used in softball. They measure 12 inches in diameter, which is the standard softball size for practice and competition. They are categorized according to their ball compression ratings. They have cork or polyurethane cores covered by durable leather. Most softballs are in bright yellow for maximum visibility in the field.

Kinds of Softballs include the following:

  • Low Compression Softballs
    • Low Compression Softballs have .47 polycore centers.
    • They are covered by durable stitched synthetic leather.
    • They have a maximum ball compression rating of 375 pounds.
    • They are ideal for professional softball.
    • They are 12 inches in diameter.
  • Mid Compression Softballs
    • Mid Compression Softballs have .44 polycore centers.
    • Their cores are made of cork and polyurethane.
    • They are covered by durable stitched synthetic leather.
    • They have a ball compression rating of 375 to 530 pounds.
    • They are at least 11 inches in diameter.
    • They are ideal for practice and training.
  • High Compression Softballs
    • High Compression Softballs have a maximum ball compression rating of approximately 530 pounds.
    • Their cores are made of cork and polyurethane.
    • They are covered by durable stitched synthetic leather.
    • They are 12 inches in diameter.
    • They are ideal for professional games.
  • Cork-centered Softballs
    • Cork-centered Softballs have cork cores and durable rubber outer covers.
    • They are 12 inches in diameter.
    • They are ideal for practice and competition.