Softball Athletic Skill Measurable

Student athletes need to meet particular skill levels to qualify to play. Our list of softball athletic skill measurables provides a baseline of the measurables D-I, D-II, D-III and NAIA coaches look for.

Division I Softball:

Similar to baseball, the typical DI softball players are ‘polished’ and possess the necessary tools to be successful as freshman.  Most DI players come from large high schools or play on elite club teams.  Many of these high school and club programs are considered the best in their area or in the state.  In addition, most DI players have been awarded accolades such as All Area, All County, or All State.

  • Pitchers: 60 – 63 + MPH; command of at least 3 pitches; sub 1.00 ERA
  • Catchers: 1.8 Pop Time or below, superior leadership ability
  • Middle Infielders: 3.0 or less Home to 1st
  • Corner Infielders: 3.0 or less Home to 1st, tremendous power potential
  • Centerfielders: 2.8 or less Home to 1st
  • Corner Outfielders: 2.9 or less Home to 1st, tremendous power potential

Division II Softball:

  • Pitchers: 58+ MPH; command of at least 3 pitches; sub 1.70 ERA
  • Catchers: 1.9 Pop Time or below, superior leadership ability
  • Middle Infielders: 3.0 or less Home to 1st
  • Corner Infielders: 3.0 or less Home to 1st, tremendous power potential
  • Centerfielders: 2.9 or less Home to 1st
  • Corner Outfielders: 3.0 or less Home to 1st, tremendous power potential

Division III and NAIA Softball:

Similar to baseball, the discrepancies in characteristics can be somewhat severe when it comes to schools competing at the DIII and NAIA level.  Be sure to fully research each individual program to get a better idea as to what type of player they are looking for. With that being said, pitchers, catchers, and position players interested in competing at the DIII and/or NAIA level should strive to meet the following measurables.

  • Pitchers: 55+ MPH
  • Catchers:  2.0 Pop Time or below
  • Position Players: 3.0 or less Home to 1st