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    DD is playing her first real tournament this weekend, I think she might be in trouble. 18U.

    She has never faced 65 MPH pitchers which She will.

    Fielding she should be OK though.

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    Tell her to have a plan at the plate..
    Then pretend she drops her hands on the first Pitch, then look for something up
    J/K!
    Good luck!
    "The charm of softball is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope

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    I have coached 18U for several years, and I can say pitchers who throw 65 are far and few between. She will do fine

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    Moving up to a higher age bracket is always rough.

    One thing, in the younger age groups one sees a big difference in size. In 18U at least the girls are the same size as the 16U girls.
    Although I know around Illinois sometimes the really good players in the 16U age group will play up in 18U. That is the only difference.

    The best pitcher I ever saw in a tournament was a 14U pitcher. She was the starting pitcher for the 16U Team Wisconsin as a 14U pitcher. As for the 18U pitchers, they really aren't much better than the good 16U pitchers. Unless you are playing the Beverley Bandits your DD should do fine.

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    Meh...if she can hit at 16U, she'll be able to hit at 18U. 65 MPH with control is rare, and you'll likely only see it at the very highest levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quincy View Post
    DD is playing her first real tournament this weekend, I think she might be in trouble. 18U.

    She has never faced 65 MPH pitchers which She will.

    Fielding she should be OK though.
    Which tournament are you in? Depending on which, 65 will be very few and far between. The number you need to be more worried about is 95...the expected temp in the Chicago area this weekend. Yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quincy View Post
    DD is playing her first real tournament this weekend, I think she might be in trouble. 18U.

    She has never faced 65 MPH pitchers which She will.

    Fielding she should be OK though.
    She'll be fine. Most of the 65 mph pitchers are at 10U.
    Relax and enjoy the ride

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    @MNDad ROFL!!!!

    65 isn't even common in college IMO. That's near the best of the best of the best. Watching 18u locally, when I can, I typically see only a little faster than our top tier 14u games we play in. We're not playing "national" tournaments, but honestly I'd say you're looking at 55 on average.

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    Maybe it's 65 kph?? It is rare that you see that kind of speed.

    Last weekend DD played a team with a kid pitching 66 which was verified via Pocket Radar. That pitcher will be heading to Baylor in a year. It wasn't the velocity that was impressive, it was the variation of speed. My DD is sporting a bruise on her elbow where she was hit by pitch even wearing an evo shield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNDad View Post
    She'll be fine. Most of the 65 mph pitchers are at 10U.
    She will be miserable , I have my tent.

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