I was watching a local high school practice yesterday. They had some girls taking turns in the cage hitting off a machine. You could see the 43' rubber and a home plate plainly marked. The front of the machine was right at 34-35' by my best guess and the assistant coach had it set on 55mph.( could see the knobs very plainly)
To me it seemed to close and to fast, the girls lookd to be struggling and maybe even forming bad habits just trying to make contact.
Coaches, what speeds do you use and what distances do you set the machine up at?
This would be for JV and Varsity age girls.