Approved by Faculty Senate.

University Studies Course Approval
Department of Physical Education and Recreation
College of Education

PER Course Number: 102
Course Title: Slow-Pitch Softball
Semester Hours: 1 SH
Frequency of Offering: Spring Semester

Course Syllabus

This is a 1 credit University Studies course that satisfies the "Physical Development and Wellness"
component of the student’s Basic Skills program. Designated University Studies outcomes for this
course are listed below

Outcome #1 Learn skills that will improve the quality and length of their lives.
Outcome #2 Make proactive choices leading to a healthier lifestyle.
Outcome #3 Explore dimensions of personal health promotion and disease prevention.
Outcome #5 Understand health as multidimensional, involving the whole person’s relationship
                   to the total environment.
Outcome #6 Utilize physical activity to reduce medical risks and provide relaxation, socialization
                   and balance in their lives.
Outcome #8 Enhance creative use of leisure time.
Outcome #9 Develop skills consistent with efficient levels of human movement.

1. Course Description
This course will develop skills and techniques in softball, including rules and strategies to play.

2. Major Focus and Objectives bulletAppreciate slow-pitch softball as a lifelong physical activity. (Outcomes #1, 6) bulletUnderstand the fundamentals of contacting the softball. (Outcomes #1,9) bulletUnderstand the fundamentals of defending the infield. (Outcomes #1,9) bulletUnderstand the fundamentals of defending the outfield. (Outcomes #1,9) bulletEnjoy playing softball as a group activity in the natural environment. (Outcomes #1,2,5) bulletIndividuals are encouraged develop a regular groups of slow-pitch softball players that are willing to meet on a regular basis. (outcome #2 and 8)

  1. Course Outline
  1. History of Softball
  2. Care of equipment and grounds (Outcome #5)
  3. Health and social benefits (Outcomes #2,3,6)
  4. Techniques of playing infield defense positions (Outcomes #1,9)
  5. Techniques of playing outfield defensive positions (Outcomes #1,9)
  6. Throwing techniques (Outcomes #1,9)
    1. Overhand
    2. Underhand
    3. Backhand
  1. Catching techniques (Outcomes #1,9)
  2. Outfield relays to all bases (Outcomes #1,9)
  3. Double play scenarios (Outcomes #1,9)
  4. Base running skills and strategies (Outcomes #1,9)
  5. Rules and Scoring

4. Basic Instructional Plan and Methods
Lectures, demonstrations, video tapes, and group activity sessions.
    by a game. (Outcomes #1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9)

5. Method of Evaluation

Daily Attendance 150 pts. A = 200 – 180 pts

Skill Analysis 25 pts. B = 179 – 160 pts

Written Test 25 pts. C = 159 – 140 pts

Total points 200 pts. D = 139 – 120 pts

6. Textbook - None required.

7. Reference
    Polk, Ron and Donna Lopiano. Baseball-Softball Playbook. Mississippi State, MS.