Is it too late to start playing softball and join a team at age 16?

by Sam
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I'm just wondering. I really want to play softball but I have never tried it before. I'm currently 15 and will be turning 16 in a few months. I have read all the basic rules and terminologies of softball. It's quite hard to understand because apparently I have never played softball. But I really want to try it and become a permanent sport for me to play. Like I'm gonna be able to be in competitions. But I'm not quite sure if I'm gonna be able to join a team if they know I'm just new in softball.

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by: Dan

Sam,

There are different levels of softball for all ages. If you want to start playing now, you may want to consider joining a local recreation league. I understand that you would like to be in competitions, by that I assume you mean tournaments. There are also different levels of travel ball as well. Usually, a "C" level team will have players that are very athletic, but still learning the game of softball.

Also, you mentioned you have been dong a lot of reading on the game. That is a very good start. Another thing you may consider is to go to a local batting cage. The will usually have pitching and fielding lessons, particularly over the winter if you live in a northern climate, where they will have classes. This may be a good start to get practical experience. Reading is great, but it cannot replace real experience.

So, go for it, and I wish you the best in your pursuit!

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