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# How do you compare softball pitching speed to baseball pitching sped?

Updated: 9/28/2023

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Speed is based on distance traveled in a given amount of time. Baseball uses a distance of 60 feet 6 inches from the pitching rubber to home where as softball is 43 feet. A ball that would cover 43 feet in 1/2 a second is traveling just over 58 mph while a ball covering 60 feet 6 inches in the same time is traveling 82.5 mph. You need to know 2 of the following 3 ; distance, speed, or time. If you know distance and time then the formula is speed=distance/time.

If you know the speed and distance then use time=distance/speed, get that number then use previous formula and change distance to get comparison.

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