Baseball is a contact sport that is played between two competing teams that each take turns fielding and batting their respective teams’ balls. The sport continues when a player in the outfield, commonly known as the pitcher, tosses a ball to an opposing player, known as the hitter, who then attempts to hit the ball out of the air with a bat. Depending on how the game is being played, there are several different kinds of baseball. There are also several different styles of playing the game.
Pitchers and hitters usually work on the same side of the diamond in a professional game, although in some minor league games pitchers and catchers may switch sides. When the game is not under professional control, players usually play on both sides of the diamond. Pitchers and batters usually wear special uniforms made from lighter weight materials, such as cotton or polyester, because playing on grass or dirt during a baseball game involves more bending and stretching than playing on a hard diamond. The lighter the cloth used, the easier for players to move.
There are two main types of baseball; indoor softball and outdoor baseball. Softball games are played in indoor facilities with a concrete field that is surrounded by a softball diamond. The softball diamonds are generally ten to forty feet across and are surrounded by a netting system. The netting allows for the baseballs to fly out at varying speeds. Softball games are generally held during the late spring or early summer. Major League Baseball and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as NCAA, have 60 feet bases, but some college baseball games are played on only ten foot bases.