around here high school softball is a joke. i put together a 18u travel team this summer and the girls were so unprepared coming out of their high school seasons that i was simply amazed. we were really up against the wall against the travel teams that had played together for years. the team grew leaps and bounds and if i can get them together next year, they will be very competative.
all of the pitching we faced were the top pitchers in the state. these girls had only seen pitching like they faced this summer a time or two, at the most, during their entire high school season. it took me almost the whole summer to get the stunned look off of their face and get them to swing the bat. it was a difference of facing 45 to 50 mph pitchers to facing 60+.
is this the norm throughout or is high school softball that far behind here? i think the girls would be farther ahead to not play high school and spend that time training for summer ball.
there are 5 public high schools and two large private high schools here in the city (this doesn't include the dozen or so schools in the surrounding towns) that play KHSAA (state tourney eligible) softball. there are only two pitchers in these seven schools that can pitch over 50-53mph... seriously... and one of them is my dd and she doesn't plan on playing high school this year.