Practice hitting both fast pitch and slow pitch softballs and practice your fielding skills, too, with our impressive lineup of softball pitching machines.
Featuring ultra portable Louisville Slugger softball machines, affordable Heater softball pitching machines, incredible value First Pitch softball machines, pro-level BATA softball pitching machines and the biggest name in the softball pitching machine game - JUGS Sports, we are sure to have the perfect machine for your game and your budget. Recently, we've even added top of the line Spinball Wizard and Rawlings combo pitching machines that all throw curves and drops which can be used for baseball or softball.
Whether you are looking for fast pitch softball pitching machines or slow pitch softball pitching machines, we've got them. In fact, most of these machines will do both!
All of our softball pitching machines feature manufacturer warranties and free shipping. Below, you'll see our wide variety of softball pitching machines for sale. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see our softball pitching machine Frequently Asked Questions, as well!
Really, there is no difference between a fast pitch or slow pitch pitching machine. To get a machine to simulate slow pitch, you simply aim higher and reduce the speed, which creates an arc to the pitch.
More than anything, you should be paying attention to the maximum speed of the softball machine if you want to use it for fast pitch and you are using the machine from regulation distance. You can, of course, move the machine closer to the plate and the "seems like " speed will be much faster than what the machine is really throwing. To calculate the "seems like" speed, divide the shorter distance by the regulation distance and multiply by the speed.
Below, are the speeds that girl softball pitchers typically throw in each age group:
Moreso than with baseball pitching machines, softball pitching machines are very hard on real softballs. That is because softballs have much thinner covers than baseballs do.
If you try to use real softballs, expect to be buying a LOT of softballs because after only a few throws, the pressure of the wheels will rip the covers off of them. Consequently, you should only use dimpled softballs or realistic seam softballs made specifically for pitching machines. They are built to handle the pressure exerted on them by softball pitching machines and last practically forever!
Really, there is no set answer for this question. Different families have different needs when it comes to pitching machines. How many years you expect the machine to be used, how many people might be using it, where you plan on using the pitching machine, the age group who is using it and whether or not you need it to throw drops and curves all play a factor.
When in doubt, definitely check out our article that addresses what the Best Pitching Machine to Buy is. It will help you decide what the most important things are for your family and aid you in narrowing down your selection.