Ribbons are often used at sporting events to commemorate feats of sportsmanship or to reward winners. Softball is no exception, but the meaning of these ribbons is not always clear.
In this post, I’ll try to explain the ribbons, how they are used, and their meanings. What Are Ribbons? First, let’s start with a definition: ribbons are small pieces of material, usually woven or knitted, that are used to decorate or mark things.
Often, ribbons are made from cloth, but they can also be made from plastic or metal. You’ll find ribbons on award plaques or in envelopes, hanging from the rearview mirror, and in a variety of other places. Ribbon can also be worn as a hair accessory.
Why do players wear bows?
On the base of a baseball, football, or softball team, you will usually find a player’s name and the name of the organization. Also, players typically wear a certain symbol on their uniforms: in baseball and softball, that symbol is a bow; in football, that symbol is a helmet with a number and stripe down the center.
The purpose of these symbols and the placement of the symbol on the uniform is to indicate player identity.
What is the significance of the bow?
A bow is a type of curve at the front of the pitcher’s mound. A bow is for safety. The pitcher does not want to step down the center of the mound, which could lead to injury.
What does it mean when a softball player wears a bow in her hair?
There are also “designations” or a number of players who wear a specific kind of uniform. Generally, the number represents a player’s position on the field: 1 for pitcher, 2 for catcher, 3 for third baseman, 4 for shortstop, 5 for first baseman, 6 for second baseman, 7 for center fielder, 8 for left fielder, 9 for right fielder, and so on.
For example, there is one girl who wears No. 10 on her uniform. For all intents and purposes, she is designated as the “left fielder.