The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has developed a series of testing measurables to help coaches evaluate athletic ability on the softball field. While the NFCA’s softball measurables do not replace in-person skill evaluation, they can lead to recruiting opportunities for athletes across the country regardless of access to top-level travel teams, geographic locations, resources and other factors.
Fastball velocity (for pitchers): Throw fastest pitch three times. Record all three attempts with a radar gun. If a pitch misses the readable area, it counts as an attempt, but is not recorded as a valid speed.
Changeup velocity (for pitchers): Throw off-speed pitch three times. Use a radar gun to record all three attempts. If a pitch misses the readable area, it counts as an attempt, but is not recorded as a valid speed.
RPM (for pitchers): Throw curveball or another movement pitch three times. Record with a RevFire gun to measure revolutions per minute (RPM) and velocity. If a pitch misses the readable area, it counts as an attempt, but is not recorded as a valid speed.
Pop time (for catchers): Start with catching arm extended and ball in glove. Both feet should be squarely on the line behind home plate. Start stopwatch on first move, stop when ball hits glove/net at second base. Record the three best times out of six attempts.
Overhand throw velocity: Shuffle and throw 60 feet from behind the line. Record with radar gun from behind thrower. Take the three best times out of six attempts.
Ball exit speed (off bat): Batter hits ball on tee into a net. Measure ball’s exit speed from behind the batter. Take the three best times out of five attempts and calculate the average exit speed of all valid hits.
Pro agility shuttle: Position three cones five yards apart in a straight line. Begin in the middle, touching center cone. Start stopwatch when hand leaves center cone, stop when runner returns back to center cone after touching both lateral side cones—right hand on right-side cone, left hand on left-side cone. Sprint through center line to test both directions and average. Record two runs to determine fastest time.
20-yard sprint: Run 60 feet to measure speed from home plate to first base. Assume ready position behind line and start stopwatch when first foot hits the ground after start. Stop when any part of runner crosses finish line. Record two runs to determine fastest time.
Vertical jump: Standing next to a wall, keep feet flat on the ground and reach upwards with the hand closest to the wall. Mark the point of the fingertips to determine standing reach height. Next, stand away from the wall and leap vertically using arms and legs to project upwards. Touch the wall at the highest point to mark jump height. Subtract standing reach height from jump height to determine vertical jump score. Record the best of three attempts.
The 2019 Scenic City Fall Softball Combine provided testing for 139 skilled high school softball players. These student-athletes competed in the following drills: 20-yard dash, 40-yard dash, agility shuttle, overhand velocity, ball exit speed, fastest pitch and vertical jump.
The fastest 20-yard at the 2019 Scenic City Fall Softball Combine goes to Regan Valenzuela with 2.80 seconds. Zoie Howard and Morgan Bruno tied for first place in the agility shuttle with a time of 4.70 seconds. Coming in with the quickest ball exit speed is Kenedy Coombe and Katie Horne at 76MPH.
Katie Horne was speedy with a 67MPH overhand velocity throw. The highest vertical jump goes to Zoie Howard at 24.6 inches. Marley Nagy threw the fastest pitch at 60 MPH.
Combine conditions: indoors at the Camp Jordan Arena due to weather conditions