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Picking Your Glove

April 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re lost walking into a sports store or your daughter is growing out of her first pink softball glove, it may be overwhelming to think about how to pick a new one. There are different types and sizes of softball gloves to choose for your daughter. Fastpitch Masters has outlined things to think about when buying your daughter their next glove.

1. Are softball and baseball gloves the same thing? Softball and baseball gloves are not the same. While there may be more variety in picking a baseball glove over one made for softball, baseball glove webs are NOT crafted for the size of a softball.
2. What position does your daughter play? Girls that primarily catch or play first base will want specialized gloves for those positions.
3. What size should you get? When we refer to sizing we’re talking about the length in inches of the bottom to the top of the glove. Players just starting the game around 8-10 years old will be best suited with gloves between 10.5-12” inches. Players that are older can get gloves from 11-13” inches. Infielders should look for gloves in the 11-11.75” inches range while outfielders should opt for bigger webs like 11.5-13” inches.
4. What web style? Web styles aren’t a huge deal, but pitchers may consider a web that is not see through to disguise their pitches. Outfielders may also consider a web with a deep enclosed pocket so the ball is trapped easily.

2022 Summer Schedule

April 21, 2022 | Comments Off on 2022 Summer Schedule

Fastpitch Masters LLC looks to bring players the best advice and instruction from current college coaches to our camp. Fastpitch Masters LLC hosts camps all around the country and will most likely be coming near you soon! We bring drills to our camp that can be taken home so players can continue their softball journey. We want girls from all ages who are looking to try the sport or come for a good workout to sign up for our one day camps. We bring current college coaches to run our drills which are done with ease and excellence. Below we have listed our Summer 2022 camp schedule!

07/06/2022 Kennewick, WA

07/06/2022 Louisville, KY

07/07/2022 Evansville, IN

07/07/2022 Portland, OR

07/12/2022 Charlotte, NC

07/13/2022 Centralia, WA

07/13/2022 Columbia, SC

07/13/2022 Pittsburg, KS

07/14/2022 Oklahoma City, OK

07/26/2022 Des Moines, IA

07/26/2022 Hays, KS

07/27/2022 Fort Collins, CO

07/27/2022 Kansas City, MO

07/28/2022 Salina, KS

07/30/2022 Lafayette, IN

07/31/2022 Champaign, IL

08/06/2022 Milwaukee, WI

08/06/2022 Omaha, NE

08/06/2022 Toledo, OH

08/07/2022 Detroit, MI

08/07/2022 Quad Cities, IA

08/07/2022 Topeka, KS

08/13/2022 Dallas, TX

08/13/2022 Pittsburgh, PA

08/13/2022 St. Louis, MO

08/14/2022 Chicago, IL

08/14/2022 Columbus, OH

08/14/2022 Wichita, KS

08/20/2022 Loves Park, IL

08/20/2022 Nashville, TN

08/20/2022 Salt Lake City, UT

08/20/2022 Twin Cities, MN

08/21/2022 Cape Girardeau, MO

08/21/2022 Cedar Rapids, IA

08/21/2022 Phoenix, AZ

08/21/2022 Sioux Falls, SD

08/27/2022 Baltimore, MD

08/27/2022 Seattle, WA

08/28/2022 Philadelphia, PA

Baserunning 101

April 15, 2022 | Comments Off on Baserunning 101

In softball, speed can get you to many places, including the next base. Stealing bases is where quick players get to really show off. This blog will cover the different types of steals and how to help yourself become more successful on the bases. 

  1. Straight steals are what everyone imagines when you think of taking an extra base. In softball, runners are allowed to leave 1st once the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. Runners leave the bag right at the release in a straight steal and sprint to the advancing base.
  2. Delay steals can be done in multiple ways. When we think of a delayed steal, we think of a runner taking a big lead and then taking off once the catcher throws the ball back to the pitcher. Delayed steals are executed best when the defense seems to be paying less mind to runners. When catchers lob the ball back to pitchers and shortstops are looking down at their shoes, this is the best time to delay. 
  3. 1st and 3rd delay steals are slightly different from a straight delay steal. When a runner is on 3rd, the runner on 1st will steal at about a 50% run or a jog, trying to bait the catcher to throw. This is done to distract the defense from the runner on 3rd and provoke a rundown between 1st and 2nd, allowing the runner on 3rd to sneak home. 
  4. Hook slides. We all know the figure four-slide, but it was about the effectiveness of a hook slide. Hook slides are when a runner throws their body an arm’s length away from the bag. This is usually done on their side with just enough arm length to grab the base. This creates a more difficult tag for the fielder because there is less body close to them to reach. 
  5. Tagging up. When tagging up, runners must stay on the base they’re at until the catch is made; then, they may advance to the next bag. When tagging up, it’s essential to run in a straight steal and most likely slide to avoid a close play. If the runner decides not to advance, they can still sprint hard off the bag to draw a throw. If the fielder is baited into throwing, the runner should stay off the bag and watch the throw. If the throw is bad, they may be able to take the next base.