What is it

What is slowpitch?

Slowpitch is a variation of baseball. The skills and abilities required in baseball are also required in slowpitch. There are three differences making it easier to hit a slowpitch ball:

1. the ball is pitched slower

2. the ball is larger

3. the bat is thinner

Due to these differences, more action is created on the field and generally a higher score during games. Although the game is called slow pitch, it does not mean that it is a slower game or requires less skill, the ball is just larger and pitched more slowly.

 

The game itself

A standard slowpitch game consists of at most 7 ‘innings’. The players, one-by-one, try to hit the thrown (pitched) ball and get around the three bases and back to the home plate where they started, without being out. This is called a ‘run’. After three ‘outs’, the other team gets a chance to try to get as many runs as possible. After both teams had their chance at bat, an inning has passed.

A slowpitch team consists of 10 members, 6 infielders and 4 outfielders. The infielders are the pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, short stop and third baseman. The outfielders are the left field, left center field, right center field and right field. Both men and women play in co-ed slowpitch!

Check the VBSL site for the full rule book.

 

Leuven Twins’ slowpitch teams

The Leuven Twins’ slowpitch teams are teams where everyone gets a chance to play, giving the game a high fun level. Everyone aged 14 or older, with or without experience, can join the slowpitch teams. If you are younger than 14 years, no problem! You can always join the practices.

During the winter (November – March), practices are according to the level of the players. Beginning slowpitchers train every Sunday from 14:45 until 16:55. Advanced slowpitchers practice every Sunday from 16:35 until 18:45. During the summer period (March – September), they practice every Tuesday and Thursday from 18:45 until 21:00.

The annual fee for slowpitch is EUR 65 (season 2018). In addition to these fees, each member is required to have a sports card of the KUL.

Are you interested in becoming a member of our slowpitch teams? Don’t hesitate and contact us by sending an email or by calling the coach, Daniel Garrido!