Softball

Softball

Sport Overview

Although the rules of softball are similar to those of baseball, softball balls are bigger than baseball balls, and pitchers must throw underhand. Runners are not allowed to leave the base before the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. Softball is a safe sport that anyone regardless of age or sex can enjoy and is popular around the world.

[Schedule]
 Sunday, 22nd May - Tuesday, 24th May , Thursday, 26th May - Saturday, 28th May 2022

[Venue]
 ・Moriyama City Sports Park, Moriyama Citizens Baseball Stadium and Softball Stadium <Moriyama City, Shiga>
 ・Higashiomi general athletic playground (Nunobiki Multipurpose Ground) <Higasiomi City, Shiga>
 ・Higashiomi Nagayama Park <Higasiomi City, Shiga>
 ・Yabase Kihan Island Park (Multipurpose Ground) <Kusatsu City, Shiga>
 ・Kusatsu Green Stadium <Kusatsu City, Shiga>

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Event

GenderEventGradeAge Categories
WomenLeather ball
(Fast Pitch)
A: Competitive35+, 45+
B: Recreational35+, 45+, 55+
Rubber ball
(Fast Pitch)
B: Recreational35+, 45+, 55+
MenLeather ball
(Fast Pitch)
A: Competitive35+
Rubber ball
(Fast Pitch)
B: Recreational35+
* The following definition on the grade shall apply.
A: Competitive: Regional tournament level
 (Applicable to players competing in regional competitions and playing in club teams)
B: Recreational: A level at which players enjoy the game for interest and exchange
 (Applicable players who participate not for purposes of competition, but for hobby and interaction)
 * Players are eligible to play either the actual age category or a younger age category.
  The age of the youngest player in the team will determine the team's age category.
 * If there are not enough entry teams in an age category, such age categories and grades may be integrated and implemented.
 * Teams can apply for entry to both the first half competition and second half competition

Eligibility

Nothing in particular

Age Requirement

Minimum age is 35 (born on or before 31st December 1987)
In line with the sport-specific rules, an athlete must compete in their designated age group, with your age determined as at 31st December 2022.
For example, if you are 44 during the event but will be 45 by 31st December 2022, you would compete in the 45+ age category.

Sport News

[16th July 2021] Updated “World Anti-Doping Code” and “the rules of the International Masters Games Association” of Sports Information Guide.
[1st March 2021] We have released the Sports Information Guide with new schedule!

Sports Information Guide

Schedule

Sport Discipline May 2022 Venues
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Softball                      
Moriyama City Sports Park, Moriyama Citizens Baseball Stadium and Softball Stadium
Higashiomi general athletic playground (Nunobiki Multipurpose Ground)
Higashiomi Nagayama Park
Yabase Kihan Island Park (Multipurpose Ground)
Kusatsu Green Stadium

※The above schedule was created based on the information that is current as of 1st March, 2021. It is subject to change due to various circumstances in the future.

Venue

Moriyama City Sports Park, Moriyama Citizens Baseball Stadium and Softball Stadium

Location 94 Miyake-cho, Moriyama City, Shiga and 335 Ishida-cho, Moriyama City, Shiga
Games Accreditation Sports Check-in
Access ・10 minutes by Shuttle bus from Moriyama Sta.
・30 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway “Ritto” Interchange
Official Homepage http://www.moriyama-s-p.com/

Higashiomi general athletic playground (Nunobiki Multipurpose Ground)

Location 1503 Shibaharacho, Higasiomi City, Shiga
Games Accreditation Sports Check-in
Access ・8 minutes by Shuttle bus from Yokaichi Sta.
・10 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway “Yokaichi” Interchange
Official Homepage http://www.city.higashiomi.shiga.jp/0000001783.html

Higashiomi Nagayama Park

Location 370 Kamiomoricho, Higashiomi City, Shiga
Games Accreditation Sports Check-in
Access ・14 minutes by Shuttle bus from Yokaichi Sta.
・5 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway “Yokaichi” Interchange
Official Homepage https://www.city.higashiomi.shiga.jp/0000000145.html

Yabase Kihan Island Park (Multipurpose Ground)

Location 2108 Yabasecho Kihan, Kusatsu City, Shiga
Games Accreditation Sports Check-in
Access ・10 minutes by Shuttle bus from Minami-Kusatsu Sta.
・15 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway “Seta-Nishi” Interchange
・15 minutes by car from Shin-Meishin Expressway “Kusatsu-Tanagami” Interchange
Official Homepage http://www.hikari-g.com/kihan/

Kusatsu Green Stadium

Location 289-13 Shimogasacho, Kusatsu City, Shiga
Games Accreditation Sports Check-in
Access ・15 minutes by Shuttlebus from Minami-Kusatsu Sta.
・15 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway “Seta-Nishi” Interchange
・15 minutes by car from Shin-Meishin Expressway “Kusatsu-Tanagami” Interchange
Official Homepage http://sports932.net/facility/green/

Sport Check-in

[Date and Time]
 22nd - 24th May 2022, Teams participating in the first half competition
 26th - 28th May 2022, Teams participating in the second half competition
 1 hour before the start of each game during the event

[Venue]
 To be performed at each venue (headquarters).

[Remarks]
 All teams must submit the list of players.
 In case of withdrawal from the game, it must be reported to the headquarters at least two hours before the start of the game.

Nearest Village

Masters Village Shiga (Hamaotsu A-qus)

Location 2-1 Hamacho, Otsu City, Shiga
Access ・From Biwako Hamaotsu Station, please proceed toward Biwako Hotel through Hamaotsu Sky Cross (pedestrian deck) . Hamaotsu A-qus is situated next to Biwako Hotel.
・From JR Otsu Station, Please go straight along Chuo-Odori and Biwako hotel will be located 5 traffic lights away from then. Hamaotsu A-qus will be located to the west.
Official Homepage http://www.a-qus.com/

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