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The Best Top Rated Softball Helmets For Girls Fastpitch

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!
https://helmets.custom.rawlings.com/



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

Pump Up Walk Up Music Headphones
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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!

Click titles to purchase any of these songs from Amazon.com

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

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. SoftballGalaxy.com 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 Women’s Tee

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!

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The Best Girls Fastpitch Softball Coaches Gifts You Can Buy Online

Whether it is the end of the season, a coach’s birthday, or Christmas you may end up needing some ideas for great gifts for an amazing coach. Don’t just grab the first thing you see. Put some thought into it. They have sacrificed their time and patience to coach an amazing group of girls and it’s time you show your appreciated with a well thought out gift. We at SoftballGalaxy.com can hopefully help push you in the right direction with some of these tried and true gift ideas.

Softball Coach Home Plate Plaque

This Softball Coach Home Plate Plaque would please any coach with all the autographs of the ones they coached through the seasons.


Sportybella Softball Coach Keychain

This Softball Coach Keychain makes a great little add on to any coaches gift set.


Coach Wood Word Silver Pen Ready to Autograph
Another great way to collect the autographs from all the players to gift to a great softball coach.


Sports Illustrated Print Magazine Subscription

Let your coach keep up to date on everything sport related with one of the most wanted magazine subscriptions available in the sports industry.


Timex Full-Size Ironman Endure 30 Shock Watch

Many people have opted for not wearing sport watches and use their phone instead, however think of how easy it is on a coach to not have to continually be pulling their phone out of their back pocket when checking the time.


The Coldest Water Bottle Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Hydro Travel Mug

Everyone focuses on the players staying hydrated, well let’s not forget about the coaches.  Cool and classy looking, this highly rated bottle would make any coach grin.


ICEMULE Pro Insulated Backpack Cooler Bag

Their hands are full of buckets of balls, bats, and bags.  Make the trip to and from the field a little easier on the coach with this great cooler bag that you wear as a backpack.  Any coach would be pleased to own this since it’s gonna make their lugging ice cold drinks much simpler.


GCI Outdoor FirePit Rocker Portable Folding Low Rocking Chair

We’ve all seen them, but have you used one of these awesome chairs yet?  They are great and any coach would be happy to lounge around between games on this comfy rocking chair.


Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager Foot Massager with Heat

Practice after practice, game after game.  The coaches get tired and sore just like the girls they coach.  If you’re not getting them a massage gift card, then this is the next best thing and they will surely appreciate this nifty massager.


Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set

Coaching can be stressful and mentally exhausting.  We’ve all heard and maybe experienced the power of essential oils and aromatherapy.  Here’s a complete highly rated set that can be used to calm them and help them enjoy relaxation once they get home.


Personalized Wood Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener and Magnetic Bottle Cap Catcher

If your coach likes to pop a cold one (whether it be a Root Beer, or a local IPA) then they would most likely love this great looking, personalized bottle caddy with opener.


AOMAIS GO 30W Waterproof Portable Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Booming Speaker

Who doesn’t love a good sounding speaker rocking out your favorite tunes?  From the ballfield to the house, this rugged little speaker will make any music lover excited once paired with the music streaming from their phone.


NOCO Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter

Coaches put a bunch of wear and tear on their vehicles and a common issue is having your battery fail.  That is the last thing you want when packing up for a weekend tournament.  Give the coach peace of mind with this great little jump starter.


Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

Coach may be tired of eating the same old concession stand food tournament after tournament.  How about let’s switch it up for them with this great portable gas grill.  They will quickly fall in love with being able to cook their own food when away from home.


Bob’s Burgers Car Window Sun Shade Visor

Not a fan of the hit TV show Bob’s Burgers?  Doesn’t matter.  This sun shade visor perfectly will crack up everyone that walks past the coach’s vehicle at the games.



Costa Del Mar Blackfin Sunglasses

Sunglasses.  It’s an essential for anyone at the ball field.  Why not get a great looking pair for that top coach in your life?


GoPro HERO 7 Black
If the GoPro HERO 7 is over budget but you still want to gift an action camera then check out the very highly rated, yet more affordable AKASO EK7000.


$50 Amazon.com Gift Card in a Mini Envelope

Also available in other amounts like $25, $100, $150 or custom amounts.  For when you’re just not sure what to get that amazing fastpitch softball coach.


Here are some ideas that are FREE (or close to it)

  • Cook the coach and his family a nice dinner and bring it to their house
  • Throughout the year keep up with some of the sayings that your coach, team mates, and parents have said whether it be funny or serious.  At the end of the season put them all together in a Quote Book along with photos for the coach.
  • Use some simple video editing software or apps and make your coach a Highlights Video collage from everything recorded during the season.
  • Have all the players make their own Thank You notes written directly to the coach.
  • Lend a helping hand to your coach by doing chores or around-the-house tasks that would lighten their workload.
  • Have all team mates sign a softball with their autograph and number.


 

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Best Softball Bats For 8U Girls

When girls hit the 7, 8 and 9 year old range they can really start benefiting from a decent bat. With all the options on the market, how is one to know what bat is better than the rest? We here at SoftballGalaxy.com have decided to narrow down the field a bit for you.

Just to make it clear, we firmly believe that the best way to find the right bat is by swinging it. If your interested in a bat you see on here, try and find somewhere local to demo the bat before purchasing it.

When buying your 8U daughter a new bat, you first need to decide what size and type of bat she should be swinging.  There are a few things you need to consider when looking for the right softball bat.

-Length
-Weight
-League Association
-Bat Type (Material)
-Length

When buying a bat, if you get a bat that is too long it can sometimes be very difficult for your child to swing. On the opposite end, you don’t want a bat that is too short for your child either. A good rule of thumb to remember is that a child under 60 pounds will usually do best with a bat between 26″-29″ and a child over 60 pounds will do best with a bat between 28″-32″. For a child just starting out, if they are in the 3′-3’4″ height range then 26″ is a good starting length for their first bat. For every 4-5″ that they grow, you should add 1″ to their bat length.

Weight

After you have figured out the proper length bat for you child, the next thing you should consider is weight of the bat. A bat that is too heavy will cause a much slower “draggy” swing with poor control that results in bad contact or all out strikes. When looking at bats, you will notice that many bats won’t show the actual weight but instead will show the drop weight. The drop weight is the difference between the length of the bat and the weight of the bat. In other words LENGTH – WEIGHT = DROP WEIGHT. For example, a bat that is 27″ and a weight of 17oz would have a drop weight of -10. For 6U and 8U players you will most likely be looking at bats with a (-13.5)-(-10) drop with the consideration that their bat is between 24″-29″.

League Association

Every league has their own rules regarding what is and isn’t allowed pertaining to equipment. When it comes to bats, the manufacturer stamps the bats with the logo of whatever certification that bat has. If you’re not sure if the bat you’re looking at is approved for your league then you should check with the coaches or read the league’s rule book to make sure the bat you are considering is allowed before purchasing it.

Bat Type (Material)

There are 3 main types of softball bats, when it comes to the material they are made out of. Alloy bats, Composite bats and Hybrids bats which are basically a mix of the two with the handle being composite and the barrels being alloy. Here we will show a few pros and cons of each material to help you decide which bat will work best for your child.

-Alloy Pros
Usually much less expensive than composite bats
Ready to use at purchase, no break in required
Often outlasts a composite bat since they usually don’t crack (instead they dent). A composite bat is unusable once cracked.

-Alloy Cons
Alloy usually has a smaller sweet spot and less pop than a composite bat

-Composite Pros
Less sting on your hands from mis-hit balls due to the reduced vibration in these bats
Larger sweet spot and more pop than an alloy bat

-Composite Cons
Bats require a break-in period
More expensive than alloy bats

– Hybrid Pros
Usually cost less than a full composite bat
No break in period
Less sting and vibration due to the composite handle
Longer barrel life than a composite (due to the barrel end being alloy)

-Hybrid Cons
Costs more than a full alloy bat
Handle can be susceptible to cracking

Below you will find our 5 favorite bats for the 8U age group.  In the end one of the main decision makers should be your daughter. What bat does she like? What feels good to her? What bat looks the best to her? If she walks up to the plate with confidence that the bat she carries is going to help her get a great hit, then it just may do that. She may not need any of these bats below. Let her swing her friend’s bats and see which one feels good to her. Bring her to the sporting goods store and let her swing some. Ultimately, she should be the big deciding factor in which bat she ends up with.

1. Demarini Bustos

The Demarini Bustos is great 2 piece bat put out by one of the best bat companies in the market. One great thing about this bat is you’re not going to break the bank for a bat that has a proven track record. The Bustos shows up in a lot of kids bat bags for the reason that they just love these very light drop 13 bats that get the job done! Another plus is that with the composite handle there should be less sting at contact, and we all know how important that can be to some of these little ones!

2. Dudley Lightning Lift (not to be confused with the Dudley Lightning Lite)

The Dudley Lightning Lift showed up on our very own doorstep this spring, and boy have we loved it so far! The Lightning Lift is another drop 13 bat (so extremely light), however unlike the Bustos the Lightning Lift is 100% composite. With an XL Sweetspot paired with the lightness of the full composite bat you get an amazing bat at a price point much lower than the other full composite bats that made our list.

3. Mizuno Jennie Finch

The Mizuno Jennie Finch is what we would consider the budget bat of the bunch. It’s a one piece MZ 2200+ alloy design in -13 drop. You can scour forums and message boards and see that many parents swear by this bat. We would not hesitate to recommend this bat to someone not quite ready to spend $100 or more on a new bat. Now you can use all the money you saved for very valuable batting lessons instead!

4. Demarini CFX

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever been to any 8U tournament it’s almost guaranteed you have seen the CFX being used. It’s truly one of our favorite bats here at SoftballGalaxy.com. If you have a daughter with a great swing and you seriously want to get the best out of her efforts, then look no further than the CFX. The pop, the balance, the durability…what more could you ask for. We HIGHLY recommend this bat to the girls that take softball seriously.

5.  Louisville Slugger LXT

The Louisville Slugger LXT seems to be the best alternative to Demarini’s CFX if you’re looking for a high end 8U 100% composite bat. This is one of the other bat’s you will definitely see around 8U softball tournaments and for good reasons. The LXT is an extremely balanced bat that comes pretty hot out of the wrapper.  In our opinion it’s not the “prettiest” bat out there.  One of our daughters actually avoided this bat due to the fact she didn’t like the way it looks.  Does that mean less performance?  Absolutely not, but remember…they are the ones carrying it to the plate under pressure and if they don’t feel 100% happy with their bat then it could actually affect their outcome.  Despite that, this bat is still one amazing bat.

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The Best List Of Youth Appropriate Fastpitch Softball Team Names

Youth Fastpitch Softball Best Team Name

“The name on the front of the uniform is more important than the name on the back”

We’ve probably seen this softball quote shared on social media at some point.  These are VERY true words.  But what happens if you still don’t have any idea what name to put on the front of that fastpitch softball uniform?  It just so happens we can help!  We have painstakingly done much research and even went to the trouble of alphabetically listing our favorite team names that works for any youth fastpitch softball team! (ok…so it wasn’t painstakingly….we actually had fun doing this!).

When reading through this list don’t forget to add your city name, county name, or even works like “lady” or “the” in front of these names to mix it up a little.  Sometimes you might just end up finding the perfect team name with that little twist.

A.

Accelerators
Ace of Bases
Adrenaline
Adrenaline Rush
Aftershock
Airborne
All Americans
All Starz
Alliance
Angels
Angry Chicks
Apocalypse
Attitude
Avalanche
Avengers

B.

Ballerinas
Ballistix
Bandits
Banshees
Base Desires
Bat Busters
Bat Intentions
Bat News
Bat-itude
Bat Intentions
Batting Divas
Barricudas
Beast Mode
Black Widows
Blasters
Blaze
Blitz
Blizzard
Bomb Squad
Bombers
Boom Stix
Bumpkins
Bunt Monkeys
Breeze
Brute Force
Bullets

C.

Cascade
Catch 22
Cavaliers
Challengers
Champs
Chaos
Charge
Cheetahs
Chill
Clash
Comets
Cosmos
Crossfire
Crunch
Crush
Crushers
Cyclones

D.

Daredevils
Dawgs
Dazzlers
Destroyers
Diamond Divas
Diamond Girls
Dirt Divas
Dirt Devils
Dirt Eaters
Disruption
Diva Diamonds
Dominators
Dragons
Dream
Dream Killers
Dream Team
Dynamite

E.

Earthquakes
Eclipse
Edge
El Fuego
Eliminators
Elite
Energizers
Enforcers
Entity
Explosion
Express
Extreme
Extreme Heat

F.

Fear
Fever
Fire
Firecrackers
Firesticks
Firestix
Firestorm
Flames
Flash
Force
Foxtrot
Freedom
Furies
Fury
Fusion

G.

Galaxy
Gators
Gazelles
Genesis
Golden Eagles
Grass Hoppers

H.

Hammer Time
Havoc
Heartbreakers
Heat
Hellions
Heavy Hitters
Heroes
Hit Squad
Hot Shots
Hurricanes

I.

Icebreakers
Ice Queens
Illusion
Impact
Imperials
Inferno
Infinity
Insanity
Instant Classics
Intensity
Intimidators
Invaders

J.

Jackals
Jaws
Jazz
Juice

K.

Killer Bees
Killerz
Knockouts
Kometz
Krushers

L.

Lady Luck
Lady Pirates
Land Sharks
Lazers
Legends
Legion
Liberty
Lightning
Lightning Bolts
Living Legends
Lucky Charms
Lunachicks

M.

Madness
Magic
Matrix
Mayhem
Mean Girls
Mirage
Misfits
Mist
Miss Demeanors
Momentum
Monsoon
Mound Pounders
Mosquitos
Mystics

N.

Nemesis
Nighthawks
Nightmares
Nitro
Nomads
Nova

O.

Odyssey
One Hit Wonders
Optical Illusion
Orange Crush
Outbreak
Outcasts
Outer Limits
Outlaws

P.

Perfect Storm
Phantoms
Pink Sox
Pitch Perfect
Pitching Beauties
Pizzazz
Ponytail Express
Posse
Pride
Prodigies
Pumas
Punishers
Purple Crush

Q.

Queen Bees
Quicksilver

R.

Racers
Rage
Rainbows
Rampage
Rattlers
Ravens
Rebellion
Rebels
Reign
Renegades
Rippers
Roadsters
Rockstars
Rolling Thunder

S.

Scorpions
Screwballs
Serenity
Shadows
Shockers
Shockwaves
Shooting Stars
Shutdowns
Slammerz
Sledgehammers
Sirens
Smokin’ Bases
Sparks
Special Delivery
Stampede
Starbursts
Starfire
Stars
Stingers
Stingrays
Strike Force
Strikers
Super Heroes
Super Sonics
Swarm
Sweet Sluggers
Sweet Spot
Switch Hitters
Synergy

T.

Team X-Treme
Terminators
Thrashers
Threat
Thunder
Thunderbolts
Thunder Bunnies
Thundercats
Titans
TNT
Tomahawks
Tomboyz
Tornados
Trailblazers
Travellers
Tremors
Triumph
Tsunami
Turf Queens
Twisters
Typhoon

U.

Unicorns
Unity
Unstoppables
Untouchables

V.

Velocity
Vengeance
Venom
Vicious
Volcano
Vortex

W.

Warriors
Wave
Waverunners
Whirlwind
Wicked
Wild Angels
Wild Fire
Wild Ones
Wild Thangs
Wolfpack
Wraith
Wrecking Crew

X.

Xplosion
Xpress
Xtreme
Xtreme Heat

Y.

Yakuza
Yellow Bombers
Yellow Jackets

Z.

Zen
Zephyr
Zombies
Zone
Zoom

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Our Top 10 Of The Best Android and IOS/iTunes Sports App Games For Softball Players

Best Top phone apps for softball players

It happens at every tournament. You (or your girls) are going to get bored. The softball players need to sit and rest so as to be ready for the next ball game. At that point it’s a great time to grab your phone and just relax your body. Here at Softball Galaxy we have decided to come up with a list of our favorite phone game apps that are available on both the Android and IOS/iTunes platform.  Unfortunately there aren’t any well designed softball specific games out there, but being that most softball players enjoy many types of sports we thought this list would be appealing to them.


BASIQs Softball AndroidScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Homerun Battle 2Screenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD (HB2 LITE)

Alto’s AdventureScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Super Stickman Golf 3Screenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Trials FrontierScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Bowling KingScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Table Tennis TouchScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

MLB Perfect InningScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Darts Of FuryScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Trivia Crack 2Screenshot Image
ANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD


 

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How To Get That Expensive Fastpitch Bat At A Cheap Price

Girl Swinging Fastpitch Softball Bat

We all would just love to be able to go out and buy the newest model Demarini or Louisville Sluggers fastpitch softball bat, but good Lord have you seen the prices? It’s a car note for some of these hot sticks! Here at SoftballGalaxy.com we understand your pain and can give you some tips and tricks on how to get one of the best quality bats and not break the bank in the process. Next time you’re in the market for another softball bat make sure you consider using some of these ideas and save yourself a few bucks (and also avoid having to spend a few weeks regretting dropping the big bucks for a brand new model).

Buy the last years model
If you don’t want to buy used then this is the best way to get a great deal on a new bat. When a new model of a bat comes out just wait a bit before you jump on it and instead look for the previous years models to take a big drop in price. Go ahead and join the email newsletters for some of these bat companies (Demarini, Louisville Slugger, Worth etc) and you can usually be one of the first to know about these great deals before or as they are happening. As an example, in a recent event Louisville Slugger and Demarini both dropped many of their previous models by up to 50% in a one day only sale when their newest models came out. Some people got some amazing deals from this! Another useful tip is to join these bat companies social media accounts like Facebook and watch for these deals to pop up as well. There are only limited quantities on these bats so you have to act fast because they move quick.

Join mailing lists and social media accounts for bat companies
As mentioned in the last tip, you can come across some good deals by just being informed of the latest news from these companies. It’s doubtful that you will get as good of a deal as buying the last years models, but you can still get in on sales or special discounts just by keeping in touch with these companies.

Don’t be scared to buy used
Many players just have to have the newest model of a bat out and end up getting rid of their current bat that still ends up having lots of life left in it.  There are many places where these bats end up and I could go on and on listing places to search these out but for the sake of time I will only list the top places to look first.

  • Softball Bat Websites – When you’re in the market for a softball bat, a good spot to hit up are websites specific to selling bats at a discount. A few that come to mind are JustBats.com, Sidelineswap.com, CheapBats.com, and CloseoutBats.com. Many of these sites also contain some good nuggets of information on how to pick just the right bat for you so that’s a plus as well. These sites also have mailing lists and sometimes do specials and sales that can even get you a few more dollars off on your purchase so it’s a good idea to join up to these lists. I also always make sure to search google for the name of the site and add “coupon code” to it and you can sometimes snag an extra discount code by doing this. Chrome extensions like Honey will also help you with this by automatically inserting coupon codes at checkout to see if anything works.
  • Ebay – The last bat I purchased for my daughter came off of Ebay and I was very happy with what we got and the price we paid. I feel comfortable buying from Ebay due to the fact that out of every issue I’ve ever had (and I buy a lot for my personal business), I have basically never had a real problem if I didn’t get the exact product I was expecting and returning and refunding has usually been a pretty simple process. Make sure to study the pictures well and look for sellers with good ratings that accept returns (although if the product doesn’t match the description you can still return under Ebay’s money back guarantee). When searching for a bat on Ebay, if you are wanting a used bat make sure to filter out the new bats.  It makes going through the results so much quicker.  Remember, you can also put alerts for certain keywords and Ebay will notify you when a new listing comes up for that specific keyword. If you decide to purchase a bat off of Ebay make sure to join up at Topcashback.com to get a little bit of cashback rewards as well when you click through their link!
  • Facebook Marketplace/Groups – If you haven’t used Facebook Marketplace yet, you really should try it out. You can search locally for a softball bat and filter down to specific distances away from you or prices. You can also get Facebook Marketplace to notify you when certain listings match keywords that you have saved.  As of now (10/2018) I still feel their marketplace has some issues that need to be worked out, however don’t let it stop you from searching here. Also on Facebook, look for fastpitch softball buy and sell groups that may or may not be near you. It doesn’t necessarily have to be near you as many people are willing to ship for a bit extra, but nothing beats being able to put the bat in your hands before you buy it vs having a bat shipped to you from an unknown person.
  • Buy/Sell Phone Apps – It seems like every time I turn around there is a new app for buying and selling on your phone. They don’t seem to get quite as much traffic as Ebay, but many sellers are willing to sell on these apps due to the low fees as opposed to Ebay’s higher fees. I personally like Mercari the most out of all of these apps, but I think there’s a chance to find a bat on any of these to be honest. Here are a few of the more popular ones to consider. Mercari, Offer Up, Letgo, Varage Sale, Oodle, Craigslist and 5miles.
  • Play It Again Sports – Play It Again Sports is a great store for finding gently used sporting equipment.  If you don’t have one near you, you can still go to Facebook and search for “Play It Again Sports” and you will get many results of their stores from all around the U.S. I have actually instant messaged many of these stores separately looking for a specific fastpitch softball bat. Even though no one had it, it’s still a great place to look when you’re wanting a specific model and most Play It Again Sports told me they are willing to ship.
  • Word Of Mouth – Every player at some point is most likely going to outgrow their current bat.  Some players or parents just set the bat in the closet and forget about it.  It never hurts to ask the coaches, parents and players if they have any bats they want to get rid of at a deal.  You would be surprised at the low price someone may give you on a good bat that they basically forgot they even owned til you mentioned it.  You can also post on your personal Facebook page that you’re in need of a specific bat to get the word out to your friends.
  • Thrift Stores/Goodwill/Salvation Army – This is a very hit or miss (no pun intended) place to look for fastpitch softball bats. Most bats that you find in these types of stores are ancient, cheap aluminum bats that you couldn’t pay someone to take, HOWEVER I have heard tales of very high quality bats being purchased for as little as $5.00! It’s a gamble, but you never know what you may find once inside these stores so it’s worth a shot.  Your best bet to find these types of stores is to pull up Google Maps and type in “thrift store” and you should get all the results near you.

Tip – When buying used make sure to ask if the bat has been modified in any way as that would make the bat illegal.  Most often it’s not, but it’s always safest to ask first. 

Now that we have given you a few ideas on places to search for bats, go ahead and give one…or all a try! You may be surprised at what you end up finding. Oh, and don’t forget that if you have a bat (or any equipment for that matter) that is no longer in use then list it on one of the marketplaces mentioned above and use that money toward your next bat purchase! Good luck!

One last tip. We do not recommend using credit cards for everyone so if you’re not comfortable with the thought of having a credit card please avoid using them.  IF (and only if) you are a credit card user already and understand the risks associated with them then don’t forget to use a cashback credit card if you make an online purchase.  Our favorite one is the Citi Double Cash Back card that gives us 2% on purchases, however there are many other cards that do cashback as well.  This paired with promo codes, coupons, and sites like TopCashback.com can help pull the price down when you go to purchase that next fastpitch softball bat.

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Girl’s Fastpitch Softball Field Dimensions

Softball Field Dimensions

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Girls Fastpitch Softball Field Dimensions

 


BASES

The normal distance between the bases on a fastpitch softball field are 60 feet.  The distance from Home Plate to Second Base should be 84 feet 10.25 inches.

  • Home Plate –   A 5 sided slap of whitened rubber (or similar material) .  The sides shall be 8 1/2 inches long.  The edge closest to Pitcher shall be 17 inches wide and parallel to the Pitcher’s Plate.  The sides facing the catcher shall be 12 inches long and on the foul lines.
  • First, Second, Third Base – These bases shall be 15 inches square and made of canvas or other similar material.  They may not be more than 5 inches high.  Each base should be securely attached to the ground.
  • Double First Base – This may or may not be used.  If used then it shall be 15 by 30 inches long and made of canvas or other similar material.  It may not be more than 5 inches high.  Half of the base that is in fair territory should be white, the other half that is in foul territory shall be orange.
  • The Pitching Plate – Shall be a rectangular shaped slab of white rubber or similar material.  Measures 24 inches by 6 inches.  It shall be set in the ground with the top flush with the playing surface.

PITCHER’S MOUND

Distance from Home Plate to the Pitcher’s Mound can vary, however it is typically between 35 – 43 feet.   This distance is usually determined by age of the players.   While different sources show different distances, the distances below were taken directly from the USSSA website.

  • Under 10: 35 foot distance
  • Ages 10-12: 40 foot distance
  • Ages 12+: 43 foot distance

The Pitcher’s Circle shall be a circle 16 feet in diameter (8 foot radius) drawn from the bid point of the front edge of the Pitcher’s Plate.

CATCHER’S BOX

The Catcher’s Box shall be 10 feet in length from the rear outside corners of the Batter’s Box and 8 feet, 5 inches wide.

BATTER’S BOX

The Batter’s Box shall be 7 feet in length.  The front of the Batter’s Box shall be 4 feet forward from the center of Home Plate and 3 feet in width starting 6 inches from the plate.

ON DECK CIRCLE

The On Deck Circle should be a circular 2 1/2 foot radius a safe distance to the side and away from Home Plate (at least 30 feet if space allows).  There should be one specifically for each team.

COACHES BOX

The Coaches Box shall be 8 feet from the foul lines.  It shall be 15 feet in length from the back edge of the First Base and Third Base extending toward Home Plate and 3 feet wide.

THE GRASS LINE

The Grass Line is normally in a semi-circle shape and is started at a 60 foot circumference distance from the Pitcher’s Mound.

THE BACKSTOP

The Backstop shall be at a 25 to 30 foot distance behind Home Plate.

OUTFIELD FENCE

Depending on level of play and other factors the Outfield Fence distance can vary greatly.  For younger ages you may see distances starting at 150 feet, however it can extend to over 225 feet for older ages.

The information and diagrams seen here are intended for general information purposes only and should not be considered to represent official or sanctioned specifications. Please consult your league, organization or sanctioning body for their specific dimensions and/or diagrams