We personally went through all the softball pitching machines that we sell here at Anytime Baseball Supply and hand selected the machines we know work the absolute best for fastpitch softball. We also spoke directly to the manufacturers of each of these machines and discussed which ones would work the absolute best for fastpitch softball, providing only the best options for you and your team. If you found this page by mistake and are looking for the best pitching machines for slow pitch softball, please click here to view our collection of slow pitch softball machines.
What is Fastpitch Softball and Why You Need a Softball Pitching Machine
Fastpitch softball is basically just softball with fast pitch speeds.Both men and women play fastpitch softball.The fast speed at which pitches cross the plate makes fastpitch the most competitive form of softball. This is why training with a fastpitch softball pitching machine is crucial to improving your softball batting skills.
Aside from this high pitch speed, the primary difference between fastpitch and slowpitch softball is fastpitch pitchers pitch with a windmill motion.Modified fastpitch also uses a windmill pitching motion yet the arm doesn’t move over the pitcher’s head prior to the pitch.
Fast Pitch Speed and Requirements for Different Leagues
Each fastpitch softball league has its own unique requirements.There are fastpitch softball leagues at the college level, the Olympic level and also at the local level.Female fastpitch softball pitchers pitch softballs underhanded at a speed upwards of 70 miles per hour, equating to 110 km/h.Male fastpitch softball players pitch softballs underhanded at an impressive 95 miles per hour, equating to 153 km/h.These speeds are comparable to those reached by professional pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB) where overhand pitching is the norm.
Make sure you purchase a softball pitching machine that will pitch the ball as fast or faster than the average pitch speed in the league you are playing or plan to play in.
Benefits of a Fastpitch Softball Pitching Machine
Everyone who plays fastpitch softball can benefit from a fastpitch softball pitching machine.Pick up a fast pitch pitching machine and you will have the opportunity to practice hitting softballs at your selected speed.This is exactly what you need to develop the muscle memory necessary to hit “frozen rope” line drives and “long balls” at the dish.Put in a couple hours per week practicing with your softball pitching machine and you will credit those hitting sessions the next time you go yard at the plate.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a fastpitch softball pitching machine that delivered softballs over the plate at your selected speed and height?That is exactly what the Heater Real Combo Machine does.This machine pitches softballs between 15 mph and 60 mph.You can even alter the height of the pitches between 10" and 20".The machine’s features include:
Affordable price point
Auto ball feeder for softballs and baseballs
Varied skill level settings
Converts between softballs and baseballs with ease
Quick plug and play setup
Delivers pop flies, grounders and pitches in addition to batting practice
Pitches both 12” and 11” softballs
Rubber-tipped steel legs
Ball feeder delivers softballs at 9-second intervals
62 lb. weight
Give the Heater Real Combo machine a try and you will be impressed.This machine is ideal for casual fastpitch softball players as well as kids in little leagues, college players and even those who play at the highest level.
This pitch machine is well-made, designed by experts and makes a meaningful difference in your performance at the plate.The First Pitch Baseline machine pitches softballs and baseballs.Whether you want a 70 mph heater delivered over the plate or pitches as slow as 18 mph, the First Pitch Baseline will do it.Features include:
Pitch arch upwards of 12’
Delivers pop flies and ground balls in addition to pitches
Easy assembly without tools
5-year manufacturer warranty
50 lb. weight
Try the First Pitch Baseline machine softball combo machine for yourself and you will find it is the perfect addition to your backyard batting cage or league batting cage.If you want to get in some solo batting practice sessions or if you are a coach, you find this machine really does make a meaningful difference in muscle memory, helping you and your teammates rake at the dish.