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saraallent Active.com Staff 1,094 posts since
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Nov 27, 2007 12:14 PM

Average Softball Pitching Speed

I used to play softball as a kid, but haven't played or seen it played on a competitive level in years. I am curious to see how fast a decent pitcher can pitch the ball? Also, how much does pitch speed change from high school to college?

  • Trish18 Active.com Staff 457 posts since
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    1. Nov 27, 2007 12:59 PM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Average Softball Pitching Speed

     

    Obviously, there are exceptions with some pitchers (for instance, a pitcher I played with growing up was hitting 60 mph in 16u ball but then kind of plateued). But here's an opinion to start things off... 

     

     

     

     

    Age

    Average Pitching Speed

    Top Pitching Speed

    10u

    37-41 MPH

    43-46 MPH

    12u

    44-47 MPH

    50-53 MPH

    14u

    46-49 MPH

    52-55 MPH

    16u

    50-53 MPH

    54-57 MPH

    18u

    53-56 MPH

    58-61 MPH

    College

    59-64 MPH

    65-72 MPH

     

     

     

     

     

     






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  • Trish18 Active.com Staff 457 posts since
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    3. Nov 27, 2007 1:36 PM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Average Softball Pitching Speed

    The Women's College World Series blows me away every year. I played against some tough pitchers, but the teams that make it to Oklahoma City are on a different level. For the past few years, many of them have been Olympic team material. They throw incredibly fast.

     

    I've heard it said many times that the top pitching speeds from 42 feet away for college softball equates to somewhere around 100 mph fastball from Major League baseball's 60 feet and 6 inches. I believe it. Especially standing in against Jennie Finch--her stride off the mound takes that 42 feet down to 38 by the time she releases!






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  • Trish18 Active.com Staff 457 posts since
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    5. Nov 29, 2007 11:22 AM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Average Softball Pitching Speed

    I know University of San Diego has a team as well as UCSD. Historically, UCLA is the dominant college team in Califonia and, for that matter, the nation. They have won the Women's College World Series 10 times (the most of any school). Cal, Fresno State, and Cal State Fullerton all have a tradition of having very strong programs.

     

    But there are a too many schools out there that have softball programs to list. California has been a long-time leader in fastpitch (but the rest of the nation is catching up). It'd be cool if you caught a game. The girls out there can play!






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  • Love the game Amateur 21 posts since
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    7. Jan 13, 2008 6:41 PM (in response to Trish18)
    Re: Average Softball Pitching Speed

    We had the radar gun out at pitching practice earlier this week.  My 13 year old daughter is topping out at 63 mph.  Danielle Lawrie, who throws for the University of Washington Huskies, is her favorite pitcher right now.  We got to see Danielle pitch twice last season -- once in a good victory over Stanford in Seattle, and once when the Canadian National Team was in training.  She's a great role model for the younger Canadian pitchers!

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    9. Jan 24, 2008 7:55 PM (in response to Love the game)
    Re: Average Softball Pitching Speed

     

    "My 13 year old daughter is topping out at 63 mph."

     

     

    Time to get your gun calibrated.

     

     

  • Love the game Amateur 21 posts since
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    10. Apr 27, 2008 8:26 AM (in response to Spazsdad)
    Re: Average Softball Pitching Speed

    At 6'1", she's the real deal.  A Provincial Championship and a medal at National Championship are the goals for this season.  She was hitting 52 mph when she was U12,  58 when she was U13.  She is also the first player ever to hit a Grand Slam homerun in the Little League Softball World Series (Canada vs Oregon in 2006). She put the ball well over the 209' fence on the main diamond at Alpenrose Park in Portland.

     

    Anyway, good coaching and hard work payoff.  We are in the gym 3 to 4 days a week right now, preparing for the upcoming season.  Maybe we'll see you at the diamond...

  • Love the game Amateur 21 posts since
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    12. Feb 3, 2008 12:28 PM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Average Softball Pitching Speed

    The team begins training in the fall.  Right now, they are doing core and strength training twice a week.  Piitchers are throwing 3/4 days a week.  Team practice is once a week, and optional hitting and defence is twice a week.  It's a pretty busy schedule, particularly when most of the players are invilved in other high level sports or activities.  But of course, when you set a goal, you have to work hard to achieve it!

  • Love the game Amateur 21 posts since
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    14. Feb 5, 2008 9:02 AM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Average Softball Pitching Speed

     

    She also plays soccer, but not at the top level.  

     

     

     

     

     

    Lacrosse is huge here.  Many boys and young men play, and there is a growing number of girls playing.  My buddy Mike Simpson was the first head coach of the Minnesota Lacrosse Team in the NLL a few years back.  That was after leading the Victoria Shamrocks to a Mann Cup title in 1997 as Captain of the team.

     

     

    Where did you play your lacrosse?

     

     

     

     

     

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