g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Softball Site

BellaOnline's Softball Editor


12U Softball Base Running and Throwing times

Guest Author - Don McKay

We recently had tryouts for our Rec League and since I was a 12U coach, I decided to collect some data on base running times and throwing times among the 12U girls who tried out. As part of tryouts, our girls run from first to third, running through the bag (i.e. not stopping or sliding), and they also field balls at shortstop and throw to first. For base running, the times I recorded were from start until the girl touched third base, and for throwing I recorded the time from when the girl at shortstop first touched the ball to the time that the first baseman got the ball (on wild throws, I estimated when the ball crossed the first base foul line). There seems to be plenty of data on the web for college player times, but none for the 12U player.

Before I continue, a word about our twenty-seven girls who tried out. First, since our fields were not in good shape (we had rain the entire week before), no coaches’ daughters were part of the tryout to limit the traffic on the field. Coaches’ daughters tend to be the better softball players, but I am not sure that they tend to be the fastest players, so I do not believe that this exclusion skewed the base running data, However, the exclusion of some of the better players may have skewed the throwing data. Also, we are a small recreational league – bigger leagues or travel teams may have different results. Now that the legalese is out of the way, on to the data…

For base running times from first to third, our girls averaged 7.4 seconds with a standard deviation of 0.5 seconds. The fastest time was 6.6 seconds, and eight girls ran 7 seconds or faster. Interestingly, there is not a real “bell” curve in the spread of data, but times are bunched around 7 seconds and 7.6 seconds. This may indicate that there are fast players and slow players, but few “in between” speed players.

The times to throw from shortstop to first are more evenly distributed, with most of the players throwing to first in less than 3 seconds. The average time for the ball to reach first base was 2.8 seconds with a standard deviation of 0.4 seconds. Eight players had times of 2.4 seconds or faster, and two girls had times of 2.2 seconds.

While speed is not the end all and be all of Fast Pitch softball, it is still pretty vital to success. The benchmarks will hopefully help the reader rate their own teams.

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times to Twitter Add 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times to Facebook Add 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times to MySpace Add 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times to Digg 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times Add 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times to Yahoo My Web Add 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times to Google Bookmarks Add 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times to Stumbleupon Add 12U+Softball+Base+Running+and+Throwing+times to Reddit

Using Video as a Stopwatch
Teaching Time on the Softball Field
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Softball Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Don McKay. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Don McKay. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor