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The Best Portable Folding Chairs for Travel Ball Tournaments

The Best Portable Folding Chairs for Travel Ball Tournaments

It seems like such an easy decision to pick a folding chair. Just run to your local big-box store and grab the first one you see and be done with it. Right? Wrong! Do you realize how many countless hours you will spend sitting in this chair? Think about how many softball or baseball tournaments you have a year. Think of all the games you will have your butt attached to that chair. Think of all the practices you have to sit through. And then on top of all of that, if you’re like us, you will be bringing this chair everywhere else. You may carry it on camping trips, fishing outings, outdoor concerts, or to any other sporting event if you have kids playing other sports such as soccer or football.
When you really think about it, it may be worth it to go ahead and get a good quality, comfortable chair that will last you a long while. When you look at the market there are quite a few chairs out there and you may have a hard time deciding which folding chair is right for you. As usual, this is where we come in. We hope to be able to help you narrow down that list to the one chair that will be perfect for you and will give your backside many hours of comfort. As silly as that sounds, it’s actually the truth.
Below you will find our list of the best portable folding chairs for travel ball. We hope this helps you find the one you love!

Best folding chair for those on a budget

At the time of writing these chairs were the most budget-friendly however, prices may change at any time.

Academy Sports Outdoor Logo Armchair
Academy Sports + Outdoors Logo Armchair - view number 1
This is the most budget-friendly chair we know of. We have a few of these for extras and they have lasted a surprisingly long time. There is not a lot special about them. A simple, light folding chair with a single cup holder. Note that this is probably not the chair you want if you’re used to oversized chairs. This is the kind of chair that once it does get damaged, you have no issues tossing it because the price is so low to replace it with another. These chairs are also good for youth and kids as long as they aren’t smaller kids that would be more comfortable in a kid-specific chair.  Best bet is to buy in store to avoid shipping costs

Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Camping Chair

This is another simple, yet budget-friendly chair that has the bare minimum of what you need at a price that won’t hurt you too much. This chair will usually run a bit more cost-wise than the Academy Sports chair mentioned above. The main differences are that this chair has an extra-wide 21.3-inch seat and a nylon mesh back for better ventilation.

Best folding chairs for kids and youth

Pacific Play Tents Super Children’s Chair

A simple little chair that will hold up to 100 lbs. There is a safety lock to prevent accidental closings. One downside is there is no cup holder on this chair.

Coleman Kids Quad Chair

This chair has a 24-inch seat that is plenty roomy for most kids. The chair will hold up to 160 lbs. It also has a cupholder, which is glow in the dark for a little more added coolness. As of posting this, the chair comes in 2 different colors.

STRONGBACK Prodigy – Kids Folding Heavy Duty Camping Chair with Lumbar Supportive Ergonomics and Portable Carry Bag

This is just about the coolest chair you’re going to pick up for a kid. It has lumbar support that is supposed to help align body posture correctly. The chair does have two cup holders. There is a rear mesh pocket for storage. It will also hold up to 200 lbs, yet the chair weighs under 5 lbs. A bit more expensive than the others listed, but if you like the extras that this chair has it may be worth it.

Best folding chairs for adults under $100 (at time of posting)

Amazon Basics Portable Camping Chair

This chair is another low-priced chair with the added features of having a built-in beverage cooler (holds up to four 12oz cans), a cup holder, and a storage pocket. Comes in 2 basic colors.

Kijaro Dual Lock Portable Camping and Sports Chair

This chair comes in just about any color you would want. This is a dual lock chair that has no-sag seating, ripstop polyester, and breathable mesh on the seatback. It also has 2 cup holders, an organizer with zip and mesh pockets and the chair is capable of holding up to 300 lbs.

Coleman Camping Chair with Built-in 4 Can Cooler

If you’re looking for a chair with a fully cushioned seat and back, then you should check this one out. It also has a built-in 4 can cooler, side pockets, cup holder and will support up to 325 lbs.

ALPHA CAMP Oversized Camping Folding Chair Heavy Duty Support 450 LBS

For those needing an oversized, heavy-duty chair. This chair has a large, padded seat area, along with padded armrests for comfort. The chair is able to support up to 450 lbs. There is also a mesh cupholder, side storage pocket, and side cooler bag.

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair

Probably the most popular chair at the ballpark, and for good reason. If you enjoy rocking chairs, then this is what you’re looking for. Supports up to 250 lbs. Includes padded armrest, mesh backrest and a cup holder.

Cliq Camping Chair

If you want the chair that’s going to take up a tiny footprint when stored and can still deliver comfort, then look no further. Folded up, this chair is about the size of a drink bottle. Super portable. Sets up in about 5 seconds and is tip-proof. Supports up to 300 lbs while only weighing 3.5 lbs.

Best folding chairs for over $100

POP Design, The Hot Seat, Heated Portable Chair

For those cold-natured people, here’s the perfect chair to warm you up! This chair is one nifty little chair. The seat can warm up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (you need to purchase a portable USB battery as it is NOT included). The chair is foam padded, has 3 reclining positions, and has a phone sleeve, zipper pocket, back pocket, double front compartment, and a mesh cup holder. You will need to purchase a portable USB battery to run this chair as it is NOT included.

YETI Trailhead Collapsible Camp Chair

YETI is well known for designing quality, high-class items, and this chair doesn’t disappoint. With a very sleek, solid design just the looks are impressive. This chair will hold up to 500 lbs. Flexgrid fabric conforms to your natural curvature and eliminates pressure points. Can be carried like a backpack with the two-strap carry bag. The chair is UV rated and will not break down under UV rays. Extra-wide, ultra-strong feet for gripping any terrain.

Guide Gear Oversized Club Camp Chair, 500-lb. Capacity, Green Plaid

Do you want the ultimate oversized, plush, heavy-duty portable chair? Well, here it is. This chair combines the comfort of cushioning with the convenience of a camping chair. Enough room to cuddle with a little one as well. Includes mesh storage pocket and cup holder.  Available in multiple plaid colors.

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair, Twilight/Smoke

We truly hesitate to add this chair. You go to travel ball games and tournaments to watch softball or baseball games, but with this swinging chair you may just end up napping or looking at the stars in the late evening games. This is not a chair we would recommend for everyone however, it is an awesome chair nonetheless. There are similar, cheaper chairs on the market however many of them seem to have design flaws. Nemo Equipment gives good support on their chairs and worked hard to make this a well functioning, high-quality swinging/reclining chair.

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The Best List of Tips and Tricks on How to Learn to Pitch Fastpitch Softball

The Best List of Tips and Tricks to Learn to Pitch Fastpitch Softball

I’m gonna start this off by saying I’m not a coach. I do not work with anyone other than my own daughters. BUT, I will say I’m really good at researching and diving deep into the information to find what I’m looking for. When my daughter decided to learn to pitch, we first met with someone who could at least show her the basics. It wasn’t actual lessons, just more or less someone (with a LOT of experience) taking time to help us out at no cost. Those “lessons” helped her get her foot in the door, but ever since that day I’ve researched a whole lot about pitching and have come up with some really great information over that time period.

I’ve decided I’d love to help out some of the future pitchers coming in that don’t know a single thing about softball pitching.  I would love to share some of these links that I’ve come across while doing all of our research in hopes that it will save you a bit of hassle. If mom and dad don’t know a whole lot about pitching, then this page will be a great resource to help you out!

I would like to add that you will hear people mention “hello elbow” style pitching. I’ve been highly recommended by instructors that know a heck of a lot more than me to NOT do “hello elbow” and instead focus on more of an inner rotation (or IR) style of pitching. You may also hear IR called “Forearm Fire”. Almost everything you will see here will be along the lines of IR-style pitching.

You may find these links helpful in understanding the differences:

Good luck with learning to pitch! My daughter and I are still learning and watching videos and studying the great college pitchers to continue her path of being the best pitcher she can be.

NOTE: Even though it’s not always feasible, a pitching coach is highly recommended to help ensure bad techniques are not being picked up. Just make sure you vet the coach as well before committing to them.

With that, here is my list of favorite links that will help you along your fastpitch softball pitching journey.

– For a beginner that doesn’t know much at all about pitching in fastpitch softball, I highly recommend watching this video first.  It is the most basic, easy-to-understand video that I have come across showing the pitching steps accurately in a way that even a child can pick up on it.

Softball Pitching Instruction Progression Drills from Mike G

After the recommended video above, these videos are great for diving deeper into the softball pitch.

– Amanda Scarborough (Slow Motion)

– Foundation Comes First Amanda Scarborough

– I/R Drills/Tips from Mike M

– Beginner Tips from Mike M

– A Google Document on Pitching with Internal Rotation (IR) compiled from posts on by Boardmember

– Explaining Adduction in the Fastpitch Motion

– Fastpitch Softball Pitching Lessons Bill Hillhouse

– How to Throw Consistently as a Softball Pitcher Amanda Scarborough

– Brush Contact and Softball: How to Throw Like Yukiko Ueno

– The Release Point Rich Balswick

– Rich Balswich Pitching Videos 1, 2 & 3

– Rick Pauly Deceleration Brush Contact Drill

– Softball Pitching – Online Lesson Drill Example Softball Rebellion

– Softball Pitching Mechanics: The Glove Hand and Wall Work Phil Schonberg

– Softball Pitching Mechanics: Breaking Down Forearm Fire Phil Schonberg

– Stages of the Pitch Phil Schonberg (4 Separate Videos)
The Load –
The Reach –
The Track –
Fire & Drive (Delivery) –

Fastpitch Pitchers in Action

If you just really want to watch some pitchers in action here are a few to research.
TIP: You can slow the speed of YouTube videos by going to Settings<Playback Speed<0.25

Monica Abbott

Amanda Scarborough

Yukiko Ueno

Cheriden Hawkins

Michele Smith

Danielle Lawrie

Don’t forget that there are some men that are amazing fastpitch pitchers as well

Mike Piechnik

Bill Hillhouse

Random Pitchers


Online Fastpitch Softball Pitching Lessons

Another good option to getting better as a pitcher is taking advantage of online pitching lessons and courses. At least with some of the online lessons, you can have an experienced eye critique your movements and make sure you aren’t doing anything wrong (not available with all courses). A few of the ones you may want to look into are listed below.

DR3 Pitching –

Pitching Angel –

Paisleys Pitching –

Fastpitch Power –

Virtual Softball Academy –

Furrey Fastpitch –

Fastpitch Softball Pitching Aids

Lastly, I want to mention that there are some things that come in really handy when training to be a pitcher. Below is a list of items that you may or may not find useful for your practice.

All Turf Mats The Elite Softball Pitching Mat – PB36120GREEN 3′ x 10′ XL Green Nylon Softball Pitchers Pitching Mound with 5mm Foam Power Line

You can also attempt making your own mat by following a video such as this one –

PowerNet German Marquez Pitching Pad | 4 Pocket Baseball Softball Training Tool | Hang in Cages or a Practice Net | All Ages | Realistic Catcher

CANNONBALL – Weighted Training Softball – Fastpitch Softball Pitching Training Tool Aid

Softball Pitching Training Aid, Right Rotation Softball Training Aid For Pitcher, Used At The Women’s Professional Fastpitch

Franklin Sports Pitcher’s Mound Rubber – Softball + Baseball Pitching Rubber for Mound – Portable Pitching Mound – Indoor + Outdoor Pitchers Plate – 24″

VPX Softball Training Harness | Adds 4-6MPH of Velocity & Power Quickly | Improves Swing, Batting, & Pitching Mechanics | Hitters, Pitchers, & Catchers | Fastpitch, Slowpitch, Youth, Mens, Girls, Kids

Fortress Portable Baseball Pitching Target | 9 Hole Pitchers Target Strike Zone | Softball & Baseball Net Pitching Training Aids | Baseball Training Equipment

Pocket Radar Smart Coach / Compatible with Pocket Radar App

Hopefully, you will end up an AMAZING pitcher! We wish you the best of luck with your learning process!!

-Softball Galaxy

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Best things to bring to travel softball tournaments

Travel Ball Checklist for Softball

After quite a few seasons under our belt doing travel ball, we have become pretty good at knowing what to bring and when to bring it to the many tournaments we get signed up for. If you are not prepared, you could seriously end up having a miserable time due to things like weather, bugs, sunburn, getting hungry/thirsty or just from having active little ones wanting to run around and not be bored while mom and dad try to watch the ball game.
We have decided to create an updated list of some of the most common items we have run into that we just love having on hand to bring to a travel ball tournament. Hopefully our list can help you prepare for a season of travel ball tournaments so that you will be able to sit back and just enjoy watching some awesome fastpitch softball games! And of course this list would probably work just fine for travel baseball teams as well.

Our list of top travel softball tournament must-have items

1.Collapsible Wagon

A collapsible wagon is a must if you have to carry multiple items through a packed ballpark. As a family of four, we generally have more than we can carry with our bare hands so our wagons come in super handy. The type of wagon you get really depends on what all you plan on carrying and what type of terrain you will be pulling it through. We’ve got a couple that we highly recommend right here.
For paved surfaces:
Mac Sports WTC-111 Outdoor Utility Wagon, Solid Blue
Mac Sports WTC-111 Outdoor Utility Wagon, Solid Blue
For those that need a little more room:
MacSports Heavy Duty Outdoor Folding Wagon Double Decker Portable Lightweight Utility Cart Rolling Cart All Terrain Beach Wagon
MacSports Heavy Duty Outdoor Folding Wagon Double Decker Portable Lightweight Utility Cart Rolling Cart All Terrain Beach Wagon
MacSports Xtender Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon | Extra Long Heavy Duty Cart w/Wheels
MacSports Xtender Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon | Extra Long Heavy Duty Cart w/Wheels
For rough surfaces:
Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding All Terrain Utility Beach Wagon Cart, Blue/Black
Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding All Terrain Utility Beach Wagon Cart, Blue/Black

2. First Aid Kit

Someone seems to always be getting hurt at the ballparks. Usually (and thankfully) it’s nothing major and is small enough that a first aid kit is really all you need. Here’s a great little kit that doesn’t take up too much room, but when you need it will be ready to provide you with the main essentials.
First Aid Only 299 Pieces All-Purpose First Aid Emergency Kit (FAO-442)
First Aid Only 299 Pieces All-Purpose First Aid Emergency Kit (FAO-442)

3. Sunscreen/Lip Balm

This is probably the one thing we always make sure that we don’t forget. Trust us, a day at the ball park on a sunny day without sunscreen can be miserable! Ask us how we know! This is by far our favorite. I won’t lie and say it’s the only sunscreen we use, because sometimes when we’re in a rush we’ll jump over to a spray bottle just to save time. However, we prefer this exact brand due to the lack of harsh chemicals that are in it. We make sure to throw an extra tube in each girls ball bag just to make sure we always have some on hand when needed. Also, do not forget to protect your lips with a sunscreen lip balm!
Baby Sunscreen Natural Sunblock by Thinkbaby, Safe, Water Resistant Sunscreen – SPF 50+ (3 ounce)
Baby Sunscreen Natural Sunblock by Thinkbaby, Safe, Water Resistant Sunscreen - SPF 50+ (3 ounce)
Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm I Vegan and Cruelty Free Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Lip Care with Aloe and Vitamin E for Moisturized Lips I Key Lime Flavor I 0.15 oz
Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm I Vegan and Cruelty Free Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Lip Care with Aloe and Vitamin E for Moisturized Lips I Key Lime Flavor I 0.15 oz

4. Tote Bags

You’re going to need some way to carry all the bug spray, lip balm, sunscreen, hand warmers and snacks around the ball park. Of course you could just throw it all in the bottom of the wagon, but that’s a horrible idea so you will want to have something like a tote bag to throw it all in. You may as well represent the sport while you’re at it, so of course getting a softball themed tote would be the only right thing to do. Depending on the size you’re needing we have 2 that we would recommend. Make sure to grab one and thank us later.
We Love Softball Tote Bag

mright Oversized Baseball Mom Tote Bags Canvas Casual Handbag 22x17x8 inchs Sports Prints Utility Beach Shoulder Bags

5. 10×10 Pop Up Canopy

On days where you have a cold wet drizzle coming down, or a hot glaring sun trying to cook you, a canopy is a must-have. There are so many canopies on the market now and to be honest, some of them are just pure plain junk. The canopy we use always catches the attention of others with the way it is designed so that one person can easily put it up and take it down. We can not brag about this canopy enough! At one point I “foolishly” tied our canopy to another canopy during a coming storm. Unfortunately, both canopies were damaged a small bit, but ours much less so than the other. Providing pictures to Crown Shades (the maker of the canopy) resulted in them sending a completely new leg free of charge. I am now a customer for life of the Crown Shades canopies. We will also add that our canopy is now going on 3 years old and is still just as strong and solid as the day we bought it despite the hundreds of hours we have used it.  Don’t forget to pick up some of the sand bag weights to help keep the tent from blowing around in stronger winds.
Crowns Shades 10×10 Pop up Canopy Outside Canopy, Patented One Push Tent Canopy with Wheeled Carry Bag

ABCCANOPY Canopy Weights Tent Sand Bags,4pcs-Pack (Black)

6.  Items for keeping warm

There is nothing more miserable than the sun dropping behind the trees causing a big drop in temperature and realizing you were not prepared for the colder weather. We use multiple ways to stay warm on days like these. We have a few favorites that always come with us whenever there’s even a slight chance of it getting cold on us. Here are our favorite must haves to stay warm while everybody else chatters their teeth out.  Oh, and a little tip.  The rechargeable hand warmers we list also double as a phone battery pack as well!
Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heater, Red-Black

Coleman Propane Fuel Tank – 2 Pk

OCOOPA Quick Charge Hand Warmers, Power Delivery 10000 mAh USB C Electric Hand Warmer Rechargeable Power Bank, 15hrs Long Lasting, 3 Heat Levels, Perfect for Outdoors

World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket, 50 x 60 Inch

HotHands Hand Warmer Value Pack( 10 count)

7.  Battery Packs & Cables

Being that we currently have 2 travel ball players, there end up being many weekends where we use our phones not only to keep in touch but also to watch the live stream of the other daughter playing in a different city. This as expected causes our batteries to run down and usually not make it through the day. To combat that we use phone chargers (or even on cold days the hand warmer mentioned above can be used as a phone charger as well). As some of you may already know, Anker produces some of the best quality electronic accessories on the market. You can not go wrong with their products. They have some of the greatest customer services out there if there are ever issues with it as well.
Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger, One of The Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh Power Bank, Ultra-Compact Battery Pack, High-Speed Charging Technology Phone Charger for iPhone, Samsung and More.

Anker 3.3ft Premium Double-Braided Nylon Lightning Cable, Apple MFi Certified for iPhone Chargers, iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6 Plus/5s, iPad Pro Air 2, and More(Black)

USB C Cable, Anker [2-Pack, 6 ft] Type C Charger Premium Nylon USB Cable , USB A to Type C Charging Cable Fast Charge for Samsung Galaxy S10 S10+ / Note 8, LG V20 and Other USB C Charger (Black)

8.  Battery Powered Fans

On the hottest of days it always seems as if the breezes totally disappear. If you don’t feel like dragging a generator for a fan around, but still want a fan that can be used by battery power, this would be our recommendation. Owning the DeWalt family of tools pushes me to purchase the DeWalt brand of battery-powered fan, however, if you are in Ryobi or Milwaukee they have fans as well. As far as the DeWalt goes we usually hang it on the braces of the canopy and point it downward and love the amount of air it pushes through our area. It’s been such a pleasure to have on days we don’t feel like bringing the generator out.
DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Fan for Jobsite, 11-Inch, Tool Only (DCE511B)

Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Portable Fan(P3320) with P163 Lithium-Ion Battery(2.00Ah) and Charger

MILWAUKEE’S 0886-20 M18 Jobsite Fan

9.  Generator/Extension Cords

Since we just mentioned generators above, then let’s hear about our favorite. First off, we aren’t gonna carry a large generator. Mainly we use one for the larger fans (especially the team fan that we put next to the dugout on super hot days). Our favorites are the smaller inverter generators. The inverter generators are much quieter and at the ballpark that is a plus. Our favorite, mainly due to price is the Sportsman 1000. The Honda EU line is also a super nice generator however you will be paying more for them.
Sportsman 1000 Watt Inverter Generator

Honda 663510 EU1000i 1000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator with Co-Minder

Clear Power 50 ft Heavy Duty Outdoor Extension Cord 12/3 SJTW, Water & Weather Resistant, Flame Retardant, Yellow, 3 Prong Grounded Plug, CP10145

Coleman Cable 9910 3 Outlet Outdoor Lighted Adapter with Right Angle Plug

10. Folding Chairs

When it comes to folding chairs there are literally hundreds to choose from, but depending on how you treat them and what really suits your body style that will determine which chair would be best for you. If you treat the chairs like dirt and let them sit in the back of your pickup for weeks at a time (like us every now and then) then maybe a cheaper generic chair would be perfect for you and you can just replace it when it’s worn out. However, if you are pretty good about taking care of your chairs then go ahead and spend a little more with one of our recommendations below.
Kijaro Dual Lock Portable Camping and Sports Chair

GCI Outdoor RoadTrip Rocker Outdoor Rocking Chair

Academy Sports Outdoors Logo Armchair

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11.  Coolers

Many tournaments don’t allow coolers, drinks or food to be carried into ballpark. Nonetheless, we ALWAYS bring a cooler and despite the fact that it looks rather basic this cooler has been a top performer for us year after year. It’s easy to handle with the wheels and extendable handle, plus it’s not too wide so that it’s pretty easy to pick it up by the handles. It keeps ice very well, especially for the price! Overall this Coleman is our favorite to haul along to the ballpark. We also carry a smaller bag cooler (similar to the one listed below) stuffed with frozen water bottles or gel packs and just stuff it in the buggy under our canopy (I know, I know….we’re so evil but I’m not paying $5+ for an overpriced drink).
Coleman Portable Cooler with Wheels | Xtreme Wheeled Cooler, 50-Quart

Carhartt Deluxe Dual Compartment Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag, Grey

Ice Pack for Lunch Box – Freezer Packs – Original Cool Pack | Slim & Long-Lasting Ice Packs for your Lunch or Cooler Bag (Set of 4)

12.  Games

Tournaments can last multiple days and have very long breaks between games. You and the players will all get bored at some point. If you’re not sneaking off to the truck to get in a quick nap, then passing the time with a game can be a great idea! Of course you don’t want a big board game or anything, but smaller games like the ones listed below can be great time passers at these tournaments.
UNO Family Card Game, with 112 Cards in a Sturdy Storage Tin, Travel-Friendly, Makes a Great Gift for 7 Year Olds and Up

Phase 10 Card Game with 108 Cards, Makes a Great Gift for Kids, Family or Adult Game Night, Ages 7 Years and Older

Reinhard Staupe’s BLINK Family Card Game, Travel-Friendly, with 60 Cards and Instructions, Makes a Great Gift for 7 Year Olds and Up

Hasbro Yahtzee to Go Travel Game 2014 Gaming

Hoyle Waterproof Clear Playing Cards

13.  Bug Repellant

Do not let bugs get to you at these tournaments. Trust me, it can be quite annoying. There are a few ways to keep those pesky little insects away from you and it just so happens you’re in the right place to figure out how. As you probably already guessed, bug spray is on the list. We also have to add bug bands, which especially great for the little kids running around. Adding Thermocells and fans (which we’ve already listed above) into the mix should keep you bug free while everyone else sits there swatting at the little annoyances.
OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellant Spray, 6 OZ (Pack of 4)

PIC Bugables Citronella Scented Coil Wristbands, Reusable and Resealable, One Size Fits All (Pack of 6)

 Thermacell MR300 Portable Mosquito Repeller; Highly Effective Mosquito Repellent; Includes 12 Hours of Long Lasting Refills; No Spray, No DEET, No Open Flame; Scent-Free Bug Spray Alternative

14.  Reading Material

Do you enjoy reading? If you’re like us, one of our players just also happens to be a book worm. Instead of her lugging around her bag full of books, it’s just much simpler to bring an e-reader with our favorite being the waterproof Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. This is a great way to keep their brains active while their bodies can get the much-needed rest.  If you don’t feel like actually reading and would rather just listen, then grab a good pair of bluetooth earbuds and sit back and just listen to your books through Audible.
Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Ad-Supported

Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions

Purity True Wireless Earbuds with Immersive Sound, Bluetooth 5.0 Earphones in-Ear with Charging Case
Audible Subscriptions


15.  Snacks

Everyone eventually gets hungry. Unfortunately, we end up eating out a lot on tournament weekends. This can be fun, but hurts the pocketbook weekend after weekend. To ease the pain a bit we usually just bring snacks to eat at the ballpark and go grab a real meal after all games are over (unless we’re staying late and then we cave in to the concession stands). We’ve listed a few of our favorite snacks below. Yes, you can click these links and get them off of Amazon but honestly I’d recommend just hitting up a local dollar store where you can often find some of these items for a steal!
BIGS Vlasic Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds, 5.35-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12) (10896887002209,)

Planters Deluxe Lightly Salted Whole Cashews, 18.25 Oz. Resealable Canister – Lightly Salted Cashews & Lightly Salted Nuts – Nutrient Dense Snacks for Adults & Kids – Vegan Snacks, Kosher

Oberto Specialty Meats Original Beef Jerky, 1.5 Ounce (Pack of 8)

Mariani Mixed Fruits – 32oz (Pack of 1) – Perfect Blend of Orchard Fruits, No Sugar Added, Good Source of Dietary Fiber, Gluten Free, Vegan, Fat Free, Cholesterol Free, NonGMO, Resealable Bag – Healthy Snack for Kids & Adults

Clif Kid ZBAR FILLED – Organic Granola Bars – Apple Almond and Cashew Butter (1.06 Ounce Lunch Box Snacks, 12 Count)

Larabar Fruit and Nut Bar, Lemon, Gluten Free, Vegan, 1.6 oz Bars 16 ct

SkinnyPop White Cheddar Popped Popcorn, 100 Calorie Bags, Vegan, Gluten-free, Non-GMO, 0.65 oz Individual Snack Sized Bags (Pack of 6), Cheddar-Cheese, 3.9 Oz

Mott’s Organic Applesauce, 3.9 oz cups, 36 count

Black Forest Fruit Snacks Juicy Burst, Berry Medley, 0.8 Ounce (40 Count)

Bai Flavored Water, Rainforest Variety Pack, Antioxidant Infused Drinks, 18 Fluid Ounce Bottles, 12 Count, 3 Each of Brasilia Blueberry, Costa Rica Clementine, Malawi Mango, Sumatra Dragonfruit

16.  Portable Grill

Speaking of snacks, let’s discuss real food! Of course, you can go grab a burger at the concession stand, but as long as it’s not against any rules it would be a much better idea to cook your own burgers! Not only would you save money, but if you even halfway know how to season a patty then it would also taste much better! There are some terrific smaller-sized grills that run on the small propane bottles (that also fit the buddy heater we mentioned earlier). If need be you can always add an adapter to use the 20lb propane tanks as well. The grill we mention is awesome because it has foldable legs that make cooking on it much easier than some of the other portable grills that you have to find a safe surface to place it on due to the lack of legs. One meal from this bad boy and concession stand food will be a thing of the past.
Coleman Coleman RoadTrip 225 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill

DOZYANT 4 Feet Propane Adapter Hose 1 lb to 20 lb Converter

17.  Hydration

One of the most important items to carry to tournaments is water. You will need plenty of water. Not only is it perfect for keeping everyone hydrated at the games, but it’s great to have the extra water on hand for any on-road emergencies as well. Anything from staying hydrated to washing cuts out or helping to flush debris out of someone’s eye. I always like to keep as much water on hand as I can realistically carry. Most of the water I bring is in the form of your typical water bottles (we prefer Ozarka Spring Water), however, it’s also a good idea to have a jug you can bring for your players.
Igloo 5 Gallon Portable Sports Cooler Water Beverage Dispenser with Flat Seat Lid, Bright Orange
Thermos Sideline 64 Ounce Water Jug (Charcoal) (FPG1901CH4)

Coleman Autoseal FreeFlow Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle

18.  Waterproof gear/Ponchos

One of our least favorite things to happen at a ball tournament is an unexpected downpour and not having the right clothing to keep yourself dry. You can always get under the canopy, but if you left it in the car that day because the sky was partly cloudy then you’re in a bit of a pickle. Having ponchos and rain jackets on hand will keep you prepared for any rain that decides to show up on game day. We are quite partial to Columbia rain jackets as they’ve always withstood the elements for us, so all the jackets we mention will be the ones we use. As far as ponchos go, you can grab some cheap ones at the local store or check out the ones we recommend that are really nice and stay in our vehicles at all times.
Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket

Columbia Women’s Arcadia II Jacket

Columbia Girls’ Switchback II Waterproof Jacket

Columbia Boys’ Watertight Jacket

Lingito Rain Ponchos Family Pack | Emergency Raincoat Drawstring Hood Poncho for Children and Adults | Lightweight Reusable or Disposable 4 Pack, 8 Pack or 12 Pack

19.  Cooling Towels

Both of my girls love their cooling cloths. It’s pretty amazing how much they do seem to keep you cooler on those baking hot southern days that we play on. Grab you a few of these, because somehow they always end up disappearing, and then the day of the tournament they suddenly realize it’s gone.
FROGG TOGGS Chilly Pad Cooling Towel, Size 33″ x 13″

SYOURSELF 4 Pack Cooling Towels for Instant Relief-Cool Bowling Fitness Yoga Towel -40″x12″ Use as Cooling Neck Headband Bandana Scarf,Stay Cool for Travel Camping Golf Football&Outdoor Sports(Mix 2)

20.  Portable Scoreboard

Ok, here’s one you never expected to see. A portable, fence hanging scoreboard. I’m not sure about where many of you play, but I would say that about half of our tournaments have scoreboards that are either broken, has no one running the controls, or has someone that has no clue what they are doing keeping the score. This is where ScoreStix comes in. I saw this for the first time in the spring of 2021 and it was such a great idea! Pick up one of these and you’ll be friends with all the parents as long as you’re keeping accurate scores!
ScoreStix Portable Baseball and Softball Team Scoreboards

21. Roadside Emergency Items

You never know when your vehicle is going to break down or have a flat.  We always try to be prepared for things like this.  While you could just buy a thrown together roadside emergency kit (like this Car Emergency Kit), I would actually recommend just making your own with higher quality items.  We have picked out a great selection of good quality items for your Roadside Emergency Kit that should keep you prepared for many issues you could face while traveling to ball tournaments.

DEKOPRO 128 Piece Tool Set-General Household Hand Tool Kit, Auto Repair Tool SetEnergizer Air Compressor Portable Tire Inflator
Slime Tire Plug Kit (8pc)
Cartman Booster Cable 4 Gauge x 20Ft in Carry Bag
CARTMAN Warning Triangle DOT Approved 3PK
DEKOPRO 128 Piece Tool Set-General Household Hand Tool Kit, Auto Repair Tool Set
Reusable Nylon Cable Zip Ties
Anker Super Bright Tactical Flashlight, Rechargeable (18650 Battery Included)

Other Items worth mentioning
– Cash
– Extra Clothing
– Slides, Sandals or Flip Flops
– Disposable Cups, Plates, Napkins, Utensils
– Baby Wipes (Mama Bear Water Baby Wipes)
– Eye Black (Wilson Eye Stick)
– Laundry Bag (Homest 2pk XL Wash Me Bags)
– Sunglasses
– Cameras
– Car Window Chalk (Chalktastic Liquid Chalk Markers)
– Nerf Footballs or Frisbee
– Ice
– Multitool Knife (Gerber Suspension-NXT)
– Maps
-Phone Apps (Google Maps (Android, Ios), Game Changer(Android, Ios), Amazon Music(Android, Ios), Waze(Android, Ios), GasBuddy(Android, Ios),  HotelTonight(Android, Ios)
– Toilet Paper and Tissues
– Medications

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How To Be A Good Fastpitch Softball Parent

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OK, I admit it.  I haven’t always been the best Softball Parent.  I’m not the worst, that’s for sure.  I’ve seen some pretty cruddy stuff from parents over the years and I can say I’ve never gotten to the point some of them have reached.  I’m still not perfect, but I strive to be better every tournament that I go to, every game that I watch, and every car ride we have home.

Fastpitch softball should be fun. PERIOD.  Without fun, what is the point?  Building character?  Ok, so softball is good for building character, but is your player having fun while she builds character?  If the answer is NO, then you need to find a new way for her to build character.  There is a time and a place for softball to be serious, but if there is not a point at which your player is having fun then there is a big issue here.

Maybe you’re the reason she’s not having fun?  Maybe you’re the reason she is literally shaking when she gets up to bat?  Maybe you’re the reason she overshot the fly ball because she tried so hard that she went a little overboard?  I’m so SICK of watching girls get down because of their parents.  I do think I can honestly say that I see this every tournament.  This is ridiculous and some of you parents are acting like babies.  Ok, that was harsh but it’s getting old seeing this behavior.

I am begging you parents to please stop ruining this sport for your kids.  Let them have fun.  Relax.  Enjoy the sport for what it is.

I’m just going to list a few ideas I have that may or may not help you, but I feel that there is this elephant in the room and it needs to be dealt with so here are my suggestions.

-As I’ve said.  Have fun and make it fun.  Let your player(s) have fun.  If you see them continually getting to the point they aren’t having fun then STOP.  Figure out what is wrong.  This is really important for younger players as they may not quite understand why you’re pushing them so hard on something they may already be doing their best at.  Of course they won’t have fun 100% of the time, but any competent parent should be able to tell if there is a disconnect here.

-Do not relive mistakes from the game on the ride home unless the player brings it up.  This is not the time nor the place.  If you want to discuss their mistakes that is fine, but give them a break on the ride home.  Many times they are exhausted and already upset from their mistakes so just leave it alone for a little while.  Let them know how much you enjoyed watching them play.

-Not everyone is meant to play softball.  Do not push your child into a sport just because YOU want them to play it.  If they show no signs of trying to get better then find a sport that does fit them.  I see this every season.  The one player that should most likely just find another sport.  Not because they aren’t good, but because you can tell they have absolutely no interest in softball.

-Stop being a sideline coach!  I hate this.  Your girls have a coach for a reason.  If the coach is not doing a good job then it is your responsibility as a parent to either find a team with a better coach or start your own team.  The middle of a game is not the time for you to start trying to correct your players’ issues.  That is what practice is for!  I see girls get so confused out there on the field because mom is yelling one thing, dad is yelling something and the coach is saying something else.  Talk about a good way to put your player on edge.  She’s going to make someone mad in this situation regardless, due to the fact everyone is yelling different things and she knows this so it puts her on edge.  DO NOT DO THIS!!

-Stop being a helicopter parent.  You don’t have to run to the dugout between every inning to talk to your player.  She is smart.  Let her pay attention to what is going on out in the field as they bat instead of having to listen to you.  Like I’ve already said.  Relax…Enjoy the game.

-Do not buy her a new ____________ (fill in the blank with bat/glove/cleat etc) expecting better results when the mechanics are the real problem.  Your player will improve much more with hard work than she will with a new piece of equipment.  Don’t get me wrong, she will need new equipment as she grows, but don’t do it just to expect different results when it’s not the equipment that is the problem.  Save that money up that you would have spent on the equipment and get some quality lessons.

-Do not live your life through her.  Some parents push their children to fulfill the things they didn’t accomplish.  This is not healthy.  You’re going to push her so hard that she will eventually tire of the sport.  Let her live her own dreams, not yours.

-Act like a mature adult.  Don’t act out in front of her, her teammates, or anyone else at the ball field.  You are her parents.  If you get out there and start cussing and arguing everything then YOU are the problem.  She’s going to be embarrassed (understandably so!).  If you have a problem with a call then take a breath and remember it is ONLY a game.  Stop being so narrowed visioned that you can’t see the bigger picture that this is a time to enjoy.  The days of being able to watch your daughter play softball are numbered so make them count.

-Do not bad mouth the coach or other players in front of your player.  This will end up giving her a negative view of them regardless of how she felt beforehand.  Eventually, she will not have trust from them and that causes rifts in the entire team when they need to be playing together, as a team.  If you have problems with the coach, then talk to the coach or find a different team.  If you have problems with the players then talk to the coach or the parents and try to keep your daughter out of it.

-Stop drinking.  Ok, honestly I really don’t care if you drink.  It’s what the result of the drinking is that I have a problem with.  You get mouthy.  You start yelling stuff at the players and umps you wouldn’t normally say and in the end, you are an embarrassment to the team, the players, and yourself.  So just avoid drinking during the games and save it for when you get home.+

So what do you think?  Do any of these apply to you?  I’ll admit it first and say that being a helicopter parent was an issue for me when my kids were beginning softball.  I’d run to the dugout and tell them what to be looking for during the next inning.  In my mind, I was only trying to help them improve.  Now, I very rarely venture near the dugout as I want my girl to be paying attention to the game.

As parents, we want our girls to succeed.  Many times we think we are helping them by doing these things.  Telling them what to watch out for or how to fix an issue, but like I’ve already said.  They are smart.  Let them play ball.  You just go and relax and enjoy being able to watch your girl play a sport she loves!

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The Best Fastpitch Softball Bat Bags and Equipment Bags

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Whether you play rec softball in your own city or spend many weekends traveling city to city playing multiple games in a weekend, you’re gonna need a good softball bat bag or equipment bag.  Depending on your play style and your equipment needs, the type of bag you will need will be different from others.  Sometimes the decision isn’t up to you and the team purchases all players the same bag, but if you’re reading this then that is probably not the case.  There are so many styles out there and it can be overwhelming trying to find the right bag for your player, so we’re gonna give you our top recommendations for bat bags and equipment bags right here!

Best Softball Bat Bag For New Player or Rec League Player


Athletico Youth Bat Backpack Bag

There is not really any sense that you should be dropping a ton of money on a first time player’s bat bag or a laid back rec league bat bag.  The Athletico Youth Bag fits the bill perfectly with a low price and a great reputation for having a quality bag good enough for lugging around your gear.  This bag isn’t fancy at all but it will easily tote 2 bats, your helmet,  and your glove back and forth to your fastpitch softball games.

Athletico Softball Bat Bag
Very similar to the bag above, however the bag above does not have a special compartment for cleats (or shoes/sandals) whereas this one does.

Best Fastpitch Softball Bat Bags (Non-Wheeled)

DeMarini Voodoo Rebirth Backpack

The Demarini Voodoo Rebirth Backpack Bat Bag is one of our personal favorites.  For what you pay and what you get it is a steal.  It is a very solidly built bat bag with room enough for all your gear (as long as you aren’t a catcher that is!).  One of our favorite parts of this bag is the pocket for the bats.  If you’ve ever used other bat bags you know that some pockets are made too short and your bat swings around knocking other people in the head every time you move.  That is not the case here!  The bag is available in different colors to match your team.  This is also a great bag to turn into a team bag if you’re looking into that since it is a very fairly priced bag (some colors cost more than others though).  I promise if you have been to a softball tournament you have walked past many of these bags being carried by other players.

EASTON GHOST Fastpitch Softball Bat & Equipment Backpack Bag (with mirror)
If for some reason the Demarini Voodoo Rebirth Bag doesn’t fit your taste then you definitely need to look into the Easton Ghost Backpack Bag!  This is one cool bag.  Not only can you pick from multiple colors and not only will it hold all of your equipment.  This bag also has a personal built-in mirror for those moment’s when your eye black smears or when your ponytail gets stuck in your facemask, or any other reason you may need a mirror.  We’ve got to admit, that is a very cool idea!  One other big difference between this and our highly recommended Demarini Voodoo bag is that the helmet holder is on the outside of this bag and can be hidden when not in use.

Best Fastpitch Softball Rolling Wheeled Bat Bags

Boombah Rolling Superpack 2.0 Softball Bat Bag
If you are a regular at the ballpark, then you probably knew this was coming.  This is THE rolling bag to own for a majority of the players out there (excluding catchers, we will cover that below).  Available in many colors on Amazon and even many more designs and colors at the Boombah website.  This bag holds everything you need and more for any travel ball or high school player.  While we personally think it’s a little on the big side for rec ball and beginners, it can still be used!  Especially if they are prone to carrying multiple bats and lots of gear.  If you are interested in this bag, make sure you are looking at the “2.0” version.  It fixed many issues the original Superpack had, however, the “leaning” problem still seems to be an issue, but not as bad as the original.  Despite that, this is still our favorite of all rolling bags out there.  You can also completely customize this bag at the Boombah website, however, unless you’re ordering for a whole team it is rather pricy (as of the writing of this article).

Easton E510W Bat & Equipment Wheeled Bag
For those that like the more elongated bags that completely protect your bats, you can’t really go wrong with the Easton E510W Bat Bag.  Usually, you can find this bag at a lower price than our recommended Boombah Bag and with its great track record, you won’t be disappointed in picking this bag up.  With enough room for 4 bats and all the gear you will need, this Easton bat bag works great for any busy travel ball or school player!

Best Fastpitch Softball Wheeled Catcher Bags

DeMarini Grind Wheeled Bag
Once again Demarini pulls out another great quality bag.  Yeah, we get it.  It’s huge!  But if you’ve never lugged around catcher’s gear then give it a shot.  You would end up wanting this bag too!  With enough room for your helmet, glove, cleats, and complete set of catcher’s gear this bag will hold it all.  No more 2 trips to the car for all your gear.  The bag also has 4 individually padded bat sleeves.   One thing to note with this bag is that it doesn’t really stand on its own.  The bag can lay flat or hang on the fence with built-in fence hooks.

No Errors NO E2 Wheeled Catchers Gear Bag

Another great catcher’s bag is the No Errors NO E2 bag.  You’re normally going to pay a bit more for this bag than the Demarini bag above, but it is a bag worth considering.  The No Errors bag seems to be built a bit beefier than the Demarini.  Just look at the fat boy wheels on this thing and you’ll see what we mean.  With heavy-duty materials and reinforced stitching, this bag is meant to take a beating.  The NO E2 is also available in multiple colors.

Best Equipment Bags

Easton E100g Equipment Bag
Somebody has to haul all of the miscellaneous equipment to these tournaments!  If you are this person then we have the bag you need.  In our opinion, Easton puts out the best bag for this and it seems as if we aren’t the only ones that feel that way as it’s a highly rated bag.  To give you an idea of the size of this bag, it is big enough to hold two full sets of catchers gear.  It’s a very sturdy, durable bag.  Perfect for those needing to carry equipment around the ball fields.

No Errors Ball Boy XL Wheeled Baseball Coaches Bag

If you’re looking for an equipment bag you can roll around the ballpark then here is the bag you need.  This is a very large bag.  Large enough to fit 2 six gallon ball buckets in, in case you were wondering!  The bag is made of heavy-duty fabric resistant to wear and tear and a handle that packs away inside of the bag.  With collapsable side panels, you can make even more space if needed.

Softball Bags & Totes For Softball Mom’s

We all know them.  The softball mommas.  Softball moms have got to have their softball themed bags and totes and we felt we couldn’t leave them out!  Here are a few bags that may peak your interest for you or any softball mom needing a little extra help carrying items to the ballpark.

Women’s Large Softball Tote

Urbanifi Sports Prints Utility Canvas Softball Tote Bag

Softball Cosmetic Bag

We really hope we’ve helped you in your search for the right fastpitch softball bat bag or equipment bag (or tote bags for the mommas).

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Best Fastpitch Softball Bats For 2021

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There comes a point in every softball player’s life where buying a better bat makes sense.  A good quality bat can add distance in the hands of those that know how to harness it.  It does need to be noted, however, that we don’t really recommend a new bat to fix bad swing mechanics.  If your player is struggling with hitting the ball, getting lots of pop-ups or weak grounders, then a bat will most likely not help much.  In that case, you may want to look into a personal hitting coach or some online lessons such as The Hitting Vault or Line Drive Nation.

Now, if you or your player has good swing mechanics then it may be the perfect time to upgrade the bat.  Bat technology is constantly improving and girls are always growing so the need to move up and upgrade will be a constant throughout any player’s lifetime.

Most of you will probably know about bat drop, the materials, and sizing but just in case you are new to this here is a quick overview to help out!  If you want, you can skip this and scroll straight past to see our 2021 fastpitch softball bat recommendations.

FYI: If you’re looking to save some $$$ on a new bat, make note of the fact that a few of the bat manufacturers (Demarini, Louisville Slugger) have Bat Day in the fall where they mark their last year’s models bats down a large percentage!!  You have to be quick as it’s only 1 day and some of the bats move fast, but you can catch bats at really low prices compared to usual.

Bat Drop

This is a number (referred to as “drop 11”, “drop 12”, “drop 10″ etc..) that is calculated by taking the length of the bat and subtracting the weight.  For instance, a 30” bat that weighs 20 oz would be considered a “drop 10” bat.  As a side note, you may also see it written as “-10” instead of “drop 10”.

When bat shopping, we like to consider the bigger drops like “drop 13” for newer hitters or hitters that aren’t quite as strong in their arms, whereas a smaller drop number bat could be handled a bit better by a girl that has more powerful arms.

Bat Materials

Composite bats and Alloy bats are the two main types of materials you will see used in fastpitch softball.  Each has its own advantages for why you would pick one over the other.

Composite Bats – Composite bats are made by layering material (usually carbon fiber) to form the bat.  When a composite bat is being made, the maker can distribute the materials in such a way that it makes the bat more balanced, or they may make it end loaded where more of the weight is at the end of the barrel.  A composite bat will usually have less sting than an alloy bat when you mis-hit a ball.

Composite bats also typically have a larger sweet spot (due to being able to stretch the barrel longer than an alloy barrel) and introduce more pop when hit squarely.  One thing to note is that composite bats are not really suitable for use in temperatures under 60 degrees according to most industry standards.  The problem arises more from the ball becoming denser in cold weather and it causes more stress on the bat.  This is one great reason to also carry an alloy bat as they can handle colder temperatures a bit better (they still are susceptible to damage in the cold though, just not quite as much as composite).

One downside to composites is that they often don’t perform as well right out of the wrapper and don’t really have that “pop” until after being broke in.

Alloy Bats – Alloy bats are very suitable for fastpitch softball so don’t overlook them.  Many players prefer them over composite bats.

One pro of an alloy bat is that it is often cheaper than a composite bat.  They also are hot out of the wrapper which means you’re good to go as soon as opening it.

Alloy bats are more durable than composite bats.  As stated above, alloy bats also handle colder weather better than composite. I will say it again though that they are not immune to damage in cold weather as it’s the denser ball that is the problem.


We have to give Lousiville slugger some credit.  When it comes to a bat sizing guide they have come up with a really simple one using height and weight that we recommend checking out.  Understand that this guide is just that, a guide.  It’s not set in stone.  Testing these bats out in person (if possible) is a best-case scenario to find the best bat for your player.

To check out Lousiville’s Slugger’s Bat sizing guide for softball click HERE.


It is VERY IMPORTANT to make sure that you are purchasing a bat with the correct stamps on it that you will need for the league the bat will be used in.

And with that, here is our list of best bats for the 2021 season and beyond.  Hope you enjoy it!


Dudley Lighting Lift Composite Fastpitch Softball Bat
We honestly love this bat!  It is perfect for the newer player or even for a player that may not quite have the arm strength to swing a heavier bat.  There are very few composites out there that are drop 13 (also seen as “-13”) and this one fits the bill perfectly.  One of our own daughters is on her 2nd one of these.  She just doesn’t have the strength to hold up the -11’s like her sister did at that age and this one works great for her.  Another great thing about this bat is the price.  It’s usually half the price of many of the other bats you see used at this age, but will still put those to shame with the right girl and proper swing mechanics.  Do not overlook this bat!


Mizuno F20-PWR CRBN Fastpitch Softball Bat

If we had to have one pick for a “sleeper” bat, this would be it.  You rarely see this bat out in the wild, but almost everyone we’ve heard from has had nothing but positive comments on this bat.  No, Mizuno is not near as popular as many of the other ones, but they do still make great products and this bat is one of them.


I’m sure some of you get tired of seeing certain bats make these lists year after year.  It just so happens that the CF line from Demarini is still coming in hot and doing its job.  Take your pick from the 2019, 2020, or 2021 models.  You can’t really go wrong with any of them and honestly, we have no problem buying a past year’s model and saving a few bucks, but we won’t hold it against you if you like sporting the newest model.  All these Demarini’s here will end up having great pop once you get it broken in.  There is a reason you see so many of these being used, it’s because they work!

This is the bat that finally made my oldest daughter quit swinging her CF Zen.  I’m not saying the CF Zen is a bad bat, but she LOVES this LXT.  The sound of this bat (in my opinion) is beautiful.  The looks are amazing and according to her, it feels terrific.   Having said that, I feel like it is very equivalent to the Demarini CF line and comes down more to what the player prefers after practicing with both.

Ok, just look up “the hottest bat” in most any facebook softball group and you will see Easton Ghost on repeat.  Consensus has it that the Easton Ghost is one sweet bat to own.  And Easton finally made this dual stamp so no more having a bat that only works in USSSA or ASA.  This bat though is bittersweet.  The sweet side is that it’s a super hot bat and from what I understand really pushing the envelope in technology.  The bitter part is that there are quite a few stories of this bat cracking or breaking.   When you get this bat you need to expect that there’s a possibility it will crack, however until that point it will most likely be one of, if not THE hottest bat you have ever swung.



Anderson Rocketech Flash

Anderson has made a name for itself in the alloy industry.  This bat is great for younger players needing the drop 12 advantage.  I will go as far as saying I wouldn’t hesitate to use this bat for 8u or 10u year-round, but especially in colder months.


Anderson Rocketech

As stated above Anderson seems to really be on top of the alloy mountain when it comes to bat design.  Many of the older players may carry 2 bats instead of one.  If you’re looking for that 2nd bat that can be your go-to for cold-weather games, then I wouldn’t look any farther than this bat.  You can’t go wrong with the Rocketechs.


Do not just take our word on all of these bats.  When it comes down to it there is no better way to know if you’re going to like a bat than by swinging it.  If you can find a place to go that sells many of these models then I would go there and put whatever bat through its motions before spending any money.  But, I understand that not everyone has that type of store to find all these bats in one spot so I get it if you have to bypass that step.  We don’t really have this in our area and almost every single bat we have ordered has been either through Amazon or directly from the manufacturer.  I will not hold it against you if you don’t get to swing them as we have done the same in the past as well.

We hope that this list helps you narrow down your choices to some of the better performing bats and saved you time in the hunt for the best fastpitch softball bat for 2021!






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The Best Girls Softball Cleats for Fastpitch

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After a few seasons of fastpitch softball (especially at the travel ball level) you realize you or your player needs a QUALITY pair of softball cleats.  When they were young they could get by with whatever cleats you could find on clearance at the local sporting goods store (and don’t act like you didn’t do that!).  But once they get serious about the game and are in constant motion and standing on their feet for 3-5 games in a day, then you realize you really need to look into getting the best quality cleat that you can get for you or your player.

Here at Softball Galaxy we hope to make your job a little easier by finding you the right pair of cleats without the hassle of searching through pages of cleats online.  Hopefully one of these great pairs will work for what you need!


Under Armour Kids’ Glyde Rm Jr. Softball Shoe

100% Synthetic with a rubber sole and rubber molded cleats.  Perfect for the little ones out there learning the game.

Nike Girl’s Hyperdiamond 2 Keystone Softball Cleat

A great low top cleat for the younger softball players.



Under Armour Women’s Micro G Pursuit

Synthetic leather upper with mesh tongue for extra breathability.  Helps keep feet cool and dry all game long.

New Balance Women’s Fuse V2 TPU Molded Softball Shoe

100% Synthetic with rubber sole and TPU molded cleats.  Uses innovative RevLite midsole that provides premium responsiveness and durability.  30% lighter weight than other foams with comparable performance.

Mizuno Women’s 9-Spike Advanced Finch Elite 3 Softball Shoe

100% Synthetic with rubber sole and TPU 9-cleat design.  Also works great on artificial turf fields.

adidas Women’s Icon Bounce TPU

Synthetic sole with Nubuck upper and perforated vamp for breathability.  Ironskin toe cap provides abrasion resistance in key toe drag area.  Molded Stealtrax TPU outsole plate is designed for baseball/softball specific movements and provides metal-like cleat performance and traction.


Mizuno Women’s 9-Spike Advanced Sweep 3 Softball Shoe

100% Synthetic with new and improved built in “toe protector”.  Reduced weight all the while providing enhanced durability. 9 spike.

Under Armour Women’s Glyde ST Softball Shoe

Synthetic upper with synthetic sole.  Internal bootie construction provides sneaker-like fit and feel.  Abrasion resistant, 3D rubberized toe cap for maximum on field protection.  Die cut EVA sockliner built to reduce cleat pressure for enhanced underfoot comfort.

adidas Women’s Icon Bounce

Nubuck upper with perforated vamp for breathability.  Ironskin toe cap providing great abrasion resistance in key toe-drag area.  Bounce cushioning for enhanced comfort and flex.


Ringor Bandit 2.0- Pitching (METAL)

Light weight design.  Extremely durable, especially for pitchers.  7 Spike design.

Ringor Dynasty Cleat (NON-METAL)

All leather uppers with TPU molded cleats.  Very durable.

Dynasty 2.0 Turf

All Leather Upper with Studded Rubber Turf Outsole.  Extremely durable.

Tuff Toe Pitchers and Catchers Cleat Guards

In love with the cleats you own?  Use Tuff Toe to protect them from the toe drag.  Saves money in the long run.


New Balance Women’s Fuse V2 Turf Softball Shoe

Lightweight synthetic perforated uppers for breathability.  RevLite midsoles above a high traction nubby outsole for great grip.

Mizuno Dominant AS (All Surface) Womens

True all surface shoe for maximum performance on real grass, artificial turf and all common indoor surfaces.

Boombah Women’s Challenger Turf Shoes
PU Foam insole for all day comfort.  Rubberized skid plate on toe for extra durability.



We know, we know…they’re not cleats.  But you don’t want to wear cleats all day at the tournament do you??

adidas Women’s Adilette Aqua Slide Sandal

Available in multiple colors.  Slip your foot onto the soft Cloudfoam footbed and relax!

Teva Women’s Original Universal

Available in multiple designs.  EVA foam footbed cushions and supports for all day comfort.

FUNKYMONKEY Women’s Comfort Slides Double Buckle Adjustable EVA Flat Sandals
Lots of designs to choose from.  Padded and countoured footbed.  Adjustable wide straps for perfect fit.

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The Best Top Rated Softball Helmets For Girls Fastpitch

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As the game of softball gets more competitive year after year, players find themselves looking for the best gear to keep them safe out on the field. While you don’t want injuries on any part of your body, you especially want to do everything to protect your head and face. Anything could happen on the field that could result in the need for a good helmet. With younger softball players, the main reason for a helmet may not be so much from a fast pitch but instead from a bad throw striking them in the head, or even a team mate swinging a bat too close to them. Once they get older everything speeds up. The pitches, throws and hits get much faster and having a helmet could potentially even safe someone from traumatic brain injury when a random hit or throw occurs.

Here at Softball Galaxy we’ve decided to help provide you with some of our favorite helmets that you may be interested in to protect that beautiful noggin of yours (or your childs). Lucky for you, helmet makers have also started making this piece of safety equipment not only work well, but look dang good at the same time! Hopefully you can find one that catches your eye and will get the job done that you need it for.

We have provided links to all helmets, however you need to make sure that the sizing is correct for the player you will be purchasing this for as some links may lead to a specific size.

Please make sure that whatever helmet you decide to purchase meets all standards for whatever league the player will be playing in.


Rawlings Sporting Goods Highlighter Series Softball Helmet BUDGET FRIENDLY – while not the most strikingly beautiful helmet on the market, this Rawlings helmet gets the job done and is a great helmet of choice for those looking for an affordable, but basic helmet. A little tip – check Walmart clearance at the end of the season to grab this helmet for a steal!

adidas OSFM Matte Triple Stripe Batting Helmet product image
Adidas Matte Triple Stripe Batting Helmet BUDGET FRIENDLY – The Triple Stripe Batting Helmet is another great option for the budget minded player or parent. With a simple design and a few colors to pick from, this helmet still gets the job done for that up and coming softball player.

Boombah DEFCON Sleek Profile Helmet – A lightweight and very attractive helmet available in Junior and Senior sizes. Pre-drilled for attachment of mask and/or chin strap.  As of this writing this helmet is available in LOTS of color combinations.

RIP-IT Vision Pro Softball Helmet ft. Blackout Technology – From the makers of our favorite fielders mask! The Rip-It Vision Pro is designed for optimal visibility that gives you an increased area of peripheral vision. Available in many colors and multiple sizes as well.

Easton Prowess Fastpitch Softball Helmet – Specifically engineered for the female athlete. One of the coolest things about this helmet (and it’s mainly a visual observance) is the fact that the facemasks hardware is hidden within the helmet which gives a very sleek look to the Easton Prowess. The helmet is designed so that there is less hair pulling when putting it on or taking it off. How we do love to see the initiative taken from Easton for safety wear specifically designed for girls!

Demarini Paradox Batting Helmet – Not only does Demarini make amazing bats, but they also make a good helmet as well.  There’s nothing fancy about the Demarini Paradox, but it definitely gets the job done at a price that won’t hurt your wallet too bad.  Available in a few colors and sizes.

Rawlings Custom Helmet Designer – Meet our favorite helmet…or should we say helmets. This isn’t just a helmet! At the Rawlings site you can design your own helmet. How awesome is that? Many companies such as Boombah, Demarini and now Rawlings have realized that custom gear is popular and this is probably the first of what will end up being a wave of custom helmet designs. This is not a helmet for the budget conscious. It’s quite pricey compared to a standard helmet, however you get exactly what you (or your player) wants with this option from an exceptional company!

Helmet Award Decals/Stickers – If you are a coach then don’t forget to reward your players for a job well done.  Hand these out for any reason you think deserves some special recognition (MVP, RBI’s, Home Runs, Stolen Bases, etc) and deck that helmet out!

Chin Straps – While not everyone needs a chin strap, some leagues require it. Here are our two recommendations for chin straps, one with a chin cup and one without.
EvoShield Baseball/Softball Batting Helmet Chin Strap

Mizuno Padded Chin Strap for Batting Helmet, One Size, Black

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The Best Warm Up Music For Softball Walk Up Pump Up 2020

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We’re not gonna sit here and bore you with meaningless extra fluff to read, so jumping straight into it here is the best music for working out, pumping up, walking out or warming up in the game of fastpitch softball for 2020!

We always try to respect others and we have done our best to only link to the clean/edited versions of all of these songs but we weren’t always able to find clean versions of the videos and downloads so please bear that in mind when reviewing this list.

Want to hear these songs for free?  Click here to visit our YouTube playlist containing all of these songs!

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us

Twenty One Pilots – Ride

Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe

B.O.B. – Magic

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

Avicii – Wake Me Up

Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still

LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Skrillex – Try It Out

Baha Man – Who Let The Dogs Out

EMF – Unbelievable

C & C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat

Tag Team – Whoomp! There It Is

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

Bring Me The Horizon – Throne

Skillet – Monster

Imagine Dragons – Believer

Katy Perry – Roar

Darude – Sandstorm

Family Force 5 – Bzrk

DJ Snake & Lil Jon – Turn Down For What

Queen – We Will Rock You

Cupid – Cupid Shuffle

The Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started (Spike Mix)

All Good Things – For The Glory

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling

Will.I.Am – I Like To Move It

Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes

Flux Pavilion – I Can’t Stop

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

Queen – We Are The Champions

Lil Nax X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug & Mason Ramsey) – Old Town Road (Remix)

The Score – Stronger

Soulja Boy Tell’em – Crank That (Soulja Boy)

Rick Ross – Hustlin’

American Authors – Best Day Of My Life

Pitbull feat. Ke$ha – Timber

Marshmello – Happier

Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap

Imagine Dragons – Thunder

Icona Pop – I Love It

DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win

Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

Descendants 2 – What’s My Name

Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes

Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark

The Script feat. Will.I.Am – Hall Of Fame

Kongos – Come With Me Now

Kanye West – Stronger

Archie Eversole (feat. Bubba Sparxxx) – We Ready (Remix)

Silento -Watch Me

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Papa Roach – Born For Greatness

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Blur – Song 2

Adelitas Way – Still Hungry

Imagine Dragons – Natural

The Score – Glory

Limp Bizkit – Rollin’ (Urban Assault Vehicle)

Kevin Rudolf – Champions

Skillet – Feel Invincible

Konata Small – Ruckus

Thousand Foot Krutch – Rawkfist

Tedashii-Dum Dum

Fort Minor-Remember the Name

YUNGBLUD – Original Me

Macklemore (feat. Skylar Grey) – Glorious

Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars) – Uptown Funk

Flo Rida – Good Feeling

Hermitude (feat. Mataya & Young Tapz) – The Buzz

Fitz & The Tantrums – Livin’ For The Weekend

Welshly Arms – Legendary

Skillet – Legendary

Soulja Boy – Crank That (TRAVIS BARKER REMIX)

We hope you enjoyed this awesome mix of everything from rock, to rap, to pop, to classic, to modern songs that we scoured the music vaults for.  We will continue to try and add awesome music throughout the year to constantly improve this list.

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The Best Birthday & Christmas Gift Ideas For Fastpitch Softball Players

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Sometimes it’s just outright impossible to find the right gift for that special person in your life. Add the fact that it is for an athlete (or in this case a softball player) then it can just get plain aggravating to keep searching for the perfect gift. has decided to step up and help you find just the right birthday or Christmas present for that amazing athletic girl in your life. Make sure to scroll to the very bottom so that you don’t miss out on our list of favorite stocking stuffers as well!

RIP-IT Defense Pro Softball Fielder’s Mask with Blackout Technology
RIP-IT is quickly becoming the number 1 mask seen at every softball tournament we attend and there is a reason. These girls barely even know the mask is on and yet it still provides loads of protection in this fast paced sport. They are also available in YOUTH models as well for the younger girls.

Charles River Apparel Pack-N-Go Wind & Water-Resistant Pullover (Reg/Ext Sizes)
If you are accustomed to playing tournaments every weekend then you know that eventually you will end up in the rain. Let your softball players have a way to get out and move from tent to tent with this awesome, portable Water-Resistant pullover and she will surely thank you!

Tifosi Women’s Lust Sport Sunglasses

A fastpitch softball player’s glasses take a beating so rest assured any player would be happy with a new pair of sunglasses. Not only is this a great gift, but if they are already wearing sunglasses with scratches (especially a problem with younger players), having a new pair increases their chances of seeing better thus better and safer play. Also makes a great stocking stuffer!

AKASO Brave 4 4K 20MP WiFi Action Camera Ultra HD with EIS 30m Underwater Waterproof Camera Remote Control 5X Zoom Underwater Camcorder with 2 Batteries and Helmet Accessories Kit
Action cameras are all the rage right now, however there are so many options and many of them a sub-par cameras. That isn’t true of the Akaso. After our team going through two other non Go-Pro action cameras we finally found this one and have been happy ever since. Let your players use them for fun, or if they want mount them to a fence and let her be able to go back an relive her highlights (or errors) in games played.

DeMarini 2020 CF (-11, -10) Fastpitch Bat Series
The CF line of DeMarini bats are just plain sweet bats. Lot of pop, longevity and backed by a great company make these bats desirable to many girls. Just make sure you are getting the right size for your player and if possible let her demo swing the bat if available at a shop local to you.

DeMarini Voodoo Rebirth Backpack
If rolling bags aren’t favored by the softball player in your life, then we highly recommend the Voodoo Rebirth Backpack. One of the highest rated bags out there and for good reason. It provides room enough for 2 bats, helmet, shoes and even a fleece lined pocket for her phone and valuables. Please note this bag will probably not work if your player needs a bag to hold all her catchers gear. Available in multiple colors.

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair
Give her the gift of comfort with this amazing rocking chair. We all know days are long at tournaments and there can be lots of waiting for the next game so we really think your player will thank you for this sturdy portable rocking chair. The icing on the cake is that while she’s playing maybe you can borrow it while she’s not able to sit in it!

AOMAIS GO Bluetooth Speakers,Waterproof Portable Indoor/Outdoor 30W Wireless Stereo Pairing Booming Bass Speaker,30-Hour Playtime with 8800mAh Power Bank,Durable for Home Party,Camping(Black)
For a mid-sized bluetooth speaker (about the size of a shoe box) this speaker is great! The sound from it has great highs and lows so whenever she wants to pump herself and the team up this will perfectly handle the job.

Anker PowerCore 10000, One of The Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact Portable Charger, High-Speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More
We’re so lucky to have our girls involved in sports since you see so many kids out of shape from being addicted to the electronics in their lives. However, a full day at the field can still bring that phones battery down and for safety reasons it’s a great idea to have a way for them to charge up their phones. This power bank can charge the phone up multiple times so it’s great for her to carry to the weekend tournaments.

Rawlings Liberty Advanced Finger Shift 12.5 Inch RLA125FS-15WNS Fastpitch Softball Glove
This is such a beautiful, performing glove that there isn’t a softball player out there that wouldn’t love it. If it’s time for a new glove in her life then we highly recommend the Liberty Advanced series gloves. Don’t forget to make sure you get the right size for her. If you are looking for a quality glove for a younger players (since the Liberty advanced doesn’t go into the smaller sizes) then we recommend looking at the 11.75″ Rawlings Liberty Advanced Fastpitch Softball Glove Series for infielders.

Precision Impact Softball Squishies: Heavy-Duty Lightweight Balls for Softball Hitting Training (8-Pack)
If your player does a lot of practice at home then this makes a great training ball that won’t go far which especially useful when space is limited. Bright colored so as not to lose them and surprisingly durable for the soft-ish feel on these balls. They are unlike any practice ball we’ve ever used and we love them!

The Hitting Vault (Pro)
Probably one of the most valuable gifts we’re recommending in this list. If your player truly immerses herself into The Hitting Vault program then she will more than likely improve her batting considerably! Put out by the amazing Coach Lisle and if you’re not familiar with that name then here’s some info on him(Coach Lisle). For just a single player the Pro version will be exactly what you’re looking for. Also, if you have any questions they are very responsive on facebook with answering any questions you may have.

The Hitting Vault

Invincible Fitness Agility Ladder Training Equipment Set, Improves Coordination, Speed, Explosive Power and Strength, Includes 10 Cones, 4 Hooks and 3 Loop Resistance Bands for Outdoor Workout
Just because the holiday season is usually the off-season, doesn’t mean that training is over. In fact, this is the best time of year to tackle agility and speed training. With an agility ladder, cones, hooks and resistance bands you will have everything you need for your own training sessions on cool sunny days in the backyard.

MacGregor Infield Training Glove
Another great training tool to use in the off-season and during the season. This is a must have for infielders to work on their “glove to throw” transition.

Varo ARC Bat Training Weight, 12oz, for Softball (Jennie Finch Edition) – Barrel Feel – Improve Your Batting, Barrel Speed, and Develop Swing Mechanics
Leave the old batting donuts in the bag and start using this great bat training weight. With much better fit around the bat and better weight distribution, the Varo ARC will end up being a much used and liked training item.

Rukket 7×7 Baseball & Softball Net | Practice Hitting, Pitching, Batting and Catching | Backstop Screen Equipment Training Aids | Includes Carry Bag
Rukket has quickly grown as the go to name is sports backstop and hitting nets. The reasons are simple. Great quality and fairly priced as opposed to some of the other overpriced nets. This 7×7 net will give months and months of backyard practice opportunities.

Bioamy Running Speed Chute Resistance Parachute 56 inch Powerchute Umbrella Training Sprint Power Soccer Trainer for Runner, Football, Soccer Drilling
These Resistance Chutes are perfect for a mixture of speed and strength training. This is a good resource for improving acceleration, muscle endurance, and direction adjustment.


Bose SoundSport Free
Looking for the perfect earbuds/headphones for the athlete in your life? Look no further than the SoundSport Frees. Being completely wireless gives your athlete the ability to work hard and jam out at the same time. With up to 5 hours of play time on each charge you can expect them to last the full duration of even the longest training sessions.

Under Armour Sideline 64 Ounce Water Jug
Carry your liquids in style with this Water Jug. Softball players know the value of having hydration available at all times and not having to worry about running out. With this large 64 Ounce Jug she will stay hydrated the entire game.

G-Form Elite Batter’s Elbow Guard
When you’re in an age group where the pitching has progressed to throwing heaters, then an elbow guard can take some of the scariness out of those wild throws. Available in multiple colors and engineered to provide full elbow coverage without hindering the swing, these guards are well worth the investment.

EASTON Z5 Batting Helmet with Softball Mask | Junior | Solid Color | 2019 | Dual Density Impact Absorption Foam | High Impact Resistant ABS Shell | Moisture Wicking BioDRI liner
When it comes to helmets there are so many options out there, however the Z5 holds it’s own when it comes to comfort and protection. Available in multiple colors.

Girl Softball Silhouette Sticker, Softball Quote Wall Decor, Softball Pitcher Decal, 34″X36″ Black
What girl wouldn’t want this in their room? Seriously! This is just an awesome sticker with a softball themed quote that your player can decorate their room with. We think this would make any player happy!

Fastpitch Eye Chart Youth Short Sleeve T-Shirt

With a modern, but sporty look and quality Bella + Canvas material with this t-shirt your player will definitely not mind wearing it to the ball park!

There’s Nothing Soft About It 26″ x 36″ Wall Tapestry

Let them decorate their walls with this really cool 26 inch by 36 inch wall tapestry!  They will love it!

There is nothing soft about it softball wall tapestry