When people think of fastpitch softball, their minds drift to high-speed pitches, female players, and a fast-paced game. Fastpitch softball is a sport reserved for female athletes. Its players range from five-year-olds who play with rag balls to adults who compete in college or at the professional level. A softball player would never want to use a fastpitch softball bat in a slowpitch softball game because the probability of denting the bat would be high. Fastpitch softball bats are regulated to have a 34-inch maximum length with a maximum drop (length minus weight) of 12.
Slowpitch softball is typically an adult recreation sport enjoyed by both men and women. Slowpitch leagues, in particular, are very common after-work social pastimes. Slowpitch softball bats have a 34-inch maximum length, but the maximum weight is 38 ounces. The heavier bat in slowpitch softball is used to generate more power from slower-moving pitches.