Metric Standards in College Softball

Success in college softball begins with understanding the metrics that matter most. So how could this be a positive or negative affect on a high school player’s recruiting process? Understanding your abilities through the numbers . In this article, we dig into the standards of college softball metrics, shedding light on the vital numbers that shape the game. From pitching velocity to hitting efficiency, knowing these metrics isn't just insightful – it's essential for aspiring players looking to elevate their game to collegiate levels.

Join us as we explore the significance of these numbers and their impact on player development and recruitment, uncovering the key insights that can propel players toward their collegiate future.

Also, follow our Metrics Matters Series found in our Recuiting Blog to understand the Definaitions and value of each Metric we track at Big Time Softball !

Pitching

Drop Ball: 

Elite: 65+ mph, 1250+ spin rate, -8 inches or more vertical break, 2 or less inches of horizontal break

College Average: 58-64 mph, 1000-1100  spin rate, -4.5 - (-7.5) inches vertical break, 2-4 inches horizontal break

Rise Ball: 

Elite: 65+ mph, 1500+ spin rate, 6+ vertical break, 2 or less inches of horizontal break

College Average: 58-64 mph, 1200-1450 spin rate, 4-6 inch vertical break, 2-4 inch horizontal break

Curveball: 

Elite: 65+ mph, 1300+ spin rate, 2 or less inches of vertical break, 6+ inch horizontal break

College Average: 58-64 mph, 1100-1300 spin rate, 2-4 inch vertical break, 3-5 inch horizontal break

Screwball:

Elite: 65+ mph, 1100+ spin rate, 2 or less inches of vertical break, 2-4 inch horizontal break

College Average: 58-64 mph, 900-1100 spin rate, 2 or more inches of vertical break, <2 horizontal break

Changeup:

Elite: 40-50 mph, 950+ spin rate, +/-6 inch vertical break, 2-4 inch horizontal break

College Average: Dependent on fastball velocity

Fastball:

Elite: 65+ mph, 1100+ spin rate, +/- 1-6 inch vertical break, 1-6 inch horizontal break

College Average: 58-64 mph, 900+ spin rate, +/- 1-6 inch vertical break, 1-6 inch horizontal break

*Rapsodo Releases College Softball Data Pitching Guide

Hitting

Bat Speed:

Slappers Swinging Away: 64 mph

Hitters: 73 mph 

Peak Hand Speed:

17-21 mph

Attack Angle:

2°-15°

Exit Velo:

Slappers Swinging Away: 60-65 mph

Hitters: 70-75 mph

Baserunning:

20 yard dash(Home to first) Righty:

Average: 3.0

Good: 2.8

Great: 2.6

20 yard dash(Home to first) Lefty:

Average: 2.7 - 2.8

Good: 2.5 - 2.6

Great: 2.3 - 2.4

40 yard dash(Home to second):

Average: 5.75

Good: 5.3 - 5.5

Great: 5.2

Positional Throwing

College level: 60 mph

Division 1: 65 mph

Rare: 70 mph

Overview

Catchers

D1 - Pop Time <1.8 - Home to 1B <3.0 
D2 - Pop Time <1.9 - Home to 1B <3.1
D3 - Pop Time <2.0 - Home to 1B <3.2 

Middle Infielders Speed

D1 - Home to 1B <2.8 - Stolen Bases 10+
D2 - Home to 1B <2.9 - Stolen Bases 10+
D3 - Home to 1B <3.1 - Stolen Bases 8+

Corner Infielders Speed

D1 - Home to 1B <2.9 - RBI's 20+
D2 - Home to 1B <3.0 - RBI's 15+
D3 - Home to 1B <3.1 - RBI's 15+

Centerfielders Speed

D1 - Home to 1B <2.9 - Batting Average .400+
D2 - Home to 1B <2.9 - Batting Average .360+
D3 - Home to 1B <3.1 - Batting Average .330+


References:

https://rapsodo.com/blogs/softball/rapsodo-college-softball-pitching-guide

https://blastconnect.com/training_center/softball/metrics/softball-swing#gref

https://thehittingvault.com/launch-angles-baseball-softball/