Knowing how to find on base percentage (OBP) for softball involves a formula that is not that difficult to find. This is the same for softball and baseball. Use the following steps in order to find on base percentage.
- Know what statistics are not involved in this formula. On base percentage measures how often a softball player reaches base. However, the following statistics are not used: fielding errors, fielder's choice, dropped/uncaught third strike, catcher's interference, or fielder's obstruction. These should not be included in a batter reaching base.
- Use three statistics for the first half of the formula. The top part of the division involves the following in the formula: hits, bases on balls (walks), and times hit by pitch. Add these three numbers to get the value needed for the other half of the formula.
- Use four statistics for the second half of the formula. On base percentage is calculated with the following stats in the bottom part of the formula: at bats, bases on balls (walks), times hit by pitch, and sacrifice flies. Add these numbers to get the value needed in the formula.
- Divide the two numbers. To get on base percentage, divide the result of the step two value by that of the step three value.
- Use on base percentage as a statistic. You will then be able to find a player's on base percentage for softball. You can even add it to slugging average to find a player's on base plus slugging (OPS).
On base percentage remains an important statistic in softball. Anyone who plays or watches the game should know how to calculate it.