Middle School softball question - PITCHING

cal

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My daughter pitches at 43' for her summer team and from what I understood it is universal for all 13 & 14U players. I was about to send a note to the diocese, as she plays for her school team, to get it moved from 40' - 43' throughout their rec ball league. In doing my research for this and learning USSSA and USA Softball all have their 14U pitchers at 43' I was shocked to learn that OHSAA public middle school ball is also at 40'. Any idea why this is? It seems like it's asking a lot of a girl who pitches all summer at 43' to have to change to 40' in the spring only to immediately go back to 43'. Yes, it is a first world problem. Just curious if anyone has any thoughts on this. thanks,
 

Yappi

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From my understanding, 12U is the last year of 40' for travel ball.

Maybe because the mound was moved back to 43' a few years ago, a few rec leagues may not have adopted it yet. Surprised about the OHSAA though. Middle school should be 43.
 
When my daughter was in middle school, the school team was considered a club team, so the coach set the mound up at 43 feet for our home games. We did play several school sanctioned teams on the road and the the mound was at 40 feet. I agree it doesn't make a lot of sense as the majority of girls playing in junior high would be 14u players, but I guess the decision was made for those who are still 12u and use to pitching from that distance.
 

cal

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Thanks for the replies. I thought I could hopefully sway the diocese to change the rule to 43' but I know how things work down there and they will never change it if the OHSAA has it at 40'. OHSAA seems like a much bigger hurdle. Plus, it's not like my girl is that awesome....I just wanted to remove an unnecessary hurdle for her. Thanks again!
 

Yappi

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Personally, I don't think there is much difference between 40' and 43', especially in middle school. I know there are 12U players that regularly play up to 14U and pitch both distances. Seems the one time it really comes into play is when the pitchers are overwhelmingly fast. Probably not much of an issue at any Middle Schools in the OHSAA.

Also, I think NewOldBlood might have it right, there are still a decent number of 12U girls in 7th grade. This keeps it consistent for them.
 

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My daughter pitches at 43' for her summer team and from what I understood it is universal for all 13 & 14U players. I was about to send a note to the diocese, as she plays for her school team, to get it moved from 40' - 43' throughout their rec ball league. In doing my research for this and learning USSSA and USA Softball all have their 14U pitchers at 43' I was shocked to learn that OHSAA public middle school ball is also at 40'. Any idea why this is? It seems like it's asking a lot of a girl who pitches all summer at 43' to have to change to 40' in the spring only to immediately go back to 43'. Yes, it is a first world problem. Just curious if anyone has any thoughts on this. thanks,
Middle school and High school ball are much different than summer travel ball. The recreational teams are the feeders for middle/HS teams for the most part so they are trying to develop ladies that can pitch. If you watch a lot of middle school ball the ladies struggle getting the ball over the plate at 40' moving back would make these game walk fest.
 

Yappi

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Any idea how many middle schools field a softball team? I imagine it's not many as I've never seen one but there may be some pockets of the state where it is popular.
 
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