Fastpitch Softball is basically a Women’s Competitive version of Baseball, and differs from the Coed / Mixed version of Softball played in Ireland since the 1980s, as the pitching is fast and not in a soft arc, as in the recreational version of the sport (hence the name softball). There are 9 players in a Fastpitch Softball team, like in Baseball as opposed to 10 in Co-Ed (Mixed) Recreational Softball.
The Fastpitch Ireland programme dates from the early 200os, when two Women’s teams were created, and then in the 2010s, the Softball Ireland National team (who played in both the World Championships and European Championships) was started.
In 2019-20 the first Softball Ireland Irish National Fastpitch League began, playing all its matches on the turf pitch at the National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Unlike the earlier Fastpitch Softball in Ireland, this is Coed / Mixed, with an equal representation of Men to Women (5:5).
Here are links to various Fastpitch competitions in Ireland and Internationally, involving Ireland teams:
International Fastpitch Softball (Women’s)
WBSC Women’s World Softball Championships Fastpitch (Editions): 2016
ESF: Women’s European Championship Fastpitch (Editions): 2017
Canada Cup International Women’s Fastpitch Tournament (Editions): 2002
Irish National Fastpitch League (Coed / Mixed)
Softball Ireland Irish National Fastpitch League Coed (Seasons): 2019-20
Irish Baseball & Softball Federation Ladies Fastpitch (Seasons): 2000
World Fastpitch Softball (Women’s)
National Pro Fastpitch is the Major Women’s Softball League in the World, with teams based in USA, Canada and Australia.
National Pro Fastpitch (Womens) (Seasons): 2019