What is Exit Velocity and How Do You Measure It?

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If you’re involved in the game of  baseball as a player, coach, parent or fan, then there is no doubt that you have heard the term “Exit Velocity” in recent years. But what is exit velocity? There is often confusion as to the exact meaning of the term. In this article we will clear that up for you, as well as show you how to measure exit velocity, why you would want to measure it, and what is the average exit velocity by age.


What is Exit Velocity?

Exit velocity in baseball is the speed the ball is traveling after it hits and leaves a hitter’s bat.

It is not the same as bat speed. Bat speed is the speed of the bat as it is being swung. Bat speed will typically be slower than the exit velocity of the ball itself, but they do have a correlated relationship. The faster your bat speed is, the more likely you are to have a high exit velocity.





Why is Exit Velocity Measured?

As baseball continues to become more analytical and data driven, newer metrics, such as this one, are being measured and used for a variety of reasons. The main purpose for measuring exit velocity is to determine a player’s potential for hitting with power. Hitters with high exit velocity readings have the ability to hit the ball harder, and possibly farther, than those with lower numbers. It is said that for every additional 1 mph of exit velocity, the ball will travel an extra 5 feet

Is it a perfect predictor of if a player will put up power numbers and hit a lot of home runs? Absolutely not. While being able to hit the ball at a high exit velocity is an essential part of being a consistent power hitter, it is one small piece of the puzzle. A hitter’s ability to make consistent contact against pitchers, square the ball up on the barrel of the bat, and hit the ball in the air (launch angle) are also major factors in their potential for putting up power numbers.


Who Uses Exit Velocity Data?

Baseball coaches at all levels, Major League scouts, and Major League front office executives use exit velocity data to evaluate players. If you ever attend a try out or showcase event, odds are that your exit velocity will be recorded.



How to Measure Exit Velocity

What you will need:

Some variables to consider:

  • The exit velocities that you are seeing when you watch a Major League game are off of a pitched ball. Recording exit velocity off of a pitched ball will add approximately 5-15 mph to the reading.
  • Not all baseballs are created equal. A brand new baseball is going to give you a higher exit velocity than an old, beat up one. High quality baseballs, like a professional grade ball, will also give you better readings than balls of a lesser quality.
  • Radar guns are also not all created equal. I’ve seen two guns operating simultaneously that were consistently 4-5 mph off from each other. While Stalker Sport guns are the choice of professional scouts and likely the most accurate guns on the market, I highly recommend the Pocket Radar Ball Coach. It is much more affordable, and has routinely been shown to perform near the level of a Stalker. It’s also extremely user friendly.
  • Some batting tees create more drag on the ball and bat than others. Pro-style tees like the Tanner Tee, are designed to let the ball sit up high on a flexible perch that creates very little drag. It may mean the difference of a couple MPH.
How to measure exit velocity
How to measure exit velocity: This is how you will set it up. My hitting student and I are using a Tanner Tee and a Pocket Radar Ball Coach.

Setting it up:

  • You do not need a full length batting cage or an open field to record exit velocity. Hitting into a screen or net will also give you an accurate measurement.
  • It will be easiest if you have a helper with you to hold the radar gun and do the recording. If you are alone, you will need to find a way to secure the radar gun so that it is pointing toward the flight path that your ball will be traveling on.
  • Have your helper set up a few feet behind you, so that you are hitting the ball directly away from them. Make sure he or she is at a safe distance and will not be hit by your bat on your follow through. If you are hitting into a net or screen, your helper can also choose to position their self behind the screen, and facing you, so that you are hitting directly toward them. Be sure to check the screen for any holes before you hit into the screen with your helper behind it!
  • Set a ball up on the tee and get in position to hit.
  • Have your helper point the radar gun, and prepare to record the ball exit velocity, as instructed by to the radar gun’s manual.
  • Swing and hit the ball as hard as you can.
  • The number that pops up on the radar gun is your exit velocity!
    • Repeat the process several times to try to find your average and high readings.

So I Measured my Exit Velocity, NOW WHAT? (Average exit velocity by age)

Now that you know your exit velocity, you can see where you sit among your peers. 

Here’s the breakdown of what is considered an exceptional exit velocity among each age group:

  • Ages 8-10:  55-65 mph
  • Ages 11-13: 60-70 mph
  • Ages 14-15: 75-80 mph
  • Ages 15-16 (High School JV): 80 mph aluminum/ 75 mph wood
  • Age 16-18 (High School Varsity): 90 mph aluminum/ 85 mph wood
  • Collegiate: 95 mph aluminum/ 90 mph wood
  • Professional: 100 mph +  wood 

How do you measure up? Need to boost your exit velocity?

You can try an overload/underload bat system. They’re scientifically proven to help increase exit velocities!

For more tips on how to INCREASE your exit velocity, check out our article titled

“How to Increase Exit Velocity When Hitting: 5 Quick Tips”


Comments

  1. Tim turner says:

    My son who is 15 years old….6’2”” 192 lbs was just clicked at 85mph exit velocity off of a tee at a university of Illinois camp/showcase. The team manager who was on the gun said that was very solid for a 15 year old. I have a video of his swings if you’d like to see it. I took the video from behind my son.

    1. Wow, that’s an excellent exit velo for a 15 year old, Tim! Sure, I’d love to see it. I bet he has an explosive swing!

      1. Waite Wilmore says:

        My son’s 15 and off a pitched ball 84 velo wood and 87.5 composite. He’s 6’3″ 210. Hes been swinging wood in BP since he was ten. I know for a fact its increased bat speed as well as exit speed.

        1. That’s a great point Waite, and something that I forgot to mention in my “How to Increase Exit Velocity” article. Hitting with a wood bat is a great way to get stronger, and create a more efficient swing. Sounds like your son has the chance to be a monster 🙂 Wish I was blessed with that frame…lol!!!

          1. Waite Wilmore says:

            16 now 6’5″ 220lbs. Getting around 90 plus exit velo. Hit a couple out this year with wood. Had a good showing in a spring showcase. Working hard to reach that next level college. Thanks for your article…

          2. That’s a big boy, wish I could have gotten those genes! Good luck in the college recruiting department. Keep working hard and the dreams will become reality!

    2. DLuke says:

      My son who is 5’8” 164 lbs. 13 years and five months old , was just measured off the tee at a Under Armour Baseball Factory event, at 88MPH. He didn’t know they were measuring his exit Velo and was just trying to hit the ball well without swinging as hard as he could. He was using a 31 inch drop 10 Axe bat. His first time on a baseball team was fall of 2018. Before June 2018, we had never even played catch together. It was a fine time to tell me all of the sudden that he wanted to be a major league baseball player. Well, it was a lot better than never telling me. Very proud of his hard work and progress.

      1. Sounds like he caught the baseball itch! That’s very exciting. That’s the x-factor that separates players who make it to a high level from those that don’t. I think most of us who played at a relatively high level (college and above), all had a that fire burning within and a belief that we could make it to the big leagues some day.

  2. Todd says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Great article! My son is a 2019 catcher, he recently went to a college camp and hit 99 off the tee with aluminum bat. He hit with wood also but I don’t know what the reading was. They only wrote down his highest velo. I have video of him hitting in a batting cage with cage balls and he is around 96 – 97 with aluminum and 92 – 95 with wood. The reason I like the article so much is because you explain that real quality balls are needed for a more accurate velo. I have video of it all too.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Todd! Sounds like your son has a ton of power! If he’s not already committed, get that video out to the coaches of schools that he is interested in. Wish him the best of luck in his senior season and with his college recruitment!

  3. My son is 12 years old and his best hit out of like 15 was 66mph. Should he be playing AAA

    1. That’s great! It would be hard to decide what level a player should be competing at based off of a single exit velocity reading. There’s a ton of other factors that would help to better determine his ability to compete at a given level. Some that I could think off hand are his basic athletic ability, arm strength, fielding ability, speed & his ability to compete against pitchers of higher velocity.

      1. Anrae Strane says:

        My son is 7th Grader who tops out at 78 MPH off the Tee with his 32/27 -5 Easton Ghost X. Average size kid 5’4” 120 lbs.

        1. That’s impressive! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Easton Ghost X. Sounds like your son likes it too. One of the many great things about baseball is that you don’t need size to be an exceptional player…just ask Jose Altuve!

          1. John henry says:

            Hi Ryan my son is 5’5 139 12 yours old he hits 74 off the tee and hits .749 for travel with a -9 bat

          2. That’s fantastic! Remember to keep it fun, but keep grinding!

  4. Noah Murray says:

    Hey Ryan,
    I’m a recently turned 14-year-old eighth grader. My travel team has a facility with Hit Trax, and I’ve had about 5 sessions there so far. I’ve maxed out at 90.2 mph exit velocity. What I’m getting from this site is that my exit velocity is ridiculous for my age. I’m 5′ 8″ and I weigh 165, and I am swinging a -3 715 Louisville Slugger. What are your thoughts?

    1. Hi Noah,

      One thing to note is that these numbers are based off of hitting the ball from a tee. If you are hitting off of a machine or a live pitch, the numbers will be a bit higher. Regardless, that is a great exit velocity for your age! Keep up the good work, and remember, exit velo isn’t everything! Make sure you’re working on being a well rounded ballplayer!

  5. Tommy Williams says:

    Is 72 mph a good number off a tee and a wood bat for a 12 yeard old boy. My son is 5′ 7″ and 131lbs. Thanks for the good read

    1. Yes, that is a good exit velocity, especially with a wood bat at his age. Great work, keep it up!

  6. Bryce says:

    Im 13 and get around 85 with a metal bat pretty consistently

    1. Really impressive, Bryce! Keep up the good work!

  7. Michelle Gaswint Good says:

    Hello my son was just in the all America games and they did evaluations on him and I’m trying to figure out what his numbers should be and if the numbers they gave me are good are not?!?

    Exit velocity-60. Vertical jump-48
    Run and gun- 60 5oz knee throw -45
    Fist is – 5
    Are these good #’s. He is 5’ft tall weighs-86lb
    June 3, 2009- makes him 9yrs old right now

    1. Hi Michelle, the only thing I can speak on is exit velocity and run and gun throwing velocity. I just did an evaluation of a very talented team at the same age as your son. Your son’s numbers would be near the top of the group. I’d be cautious of putting too much emphasis or concern with the numbers though at his age. You’ll see a lot of kids who have great measurables at 9 years old in comparison to their peers, get surpassed by the time they reach high school. Keep developing good fundamentals, continue getting stronger and more athletic, and the numbers will increase as he gets older.

    2. Jim says:

      If your son has a 48 inch vertical, you need to get him on a basketball court.

      1. Lol…No doubt Jim!!!

      2. DLuke says:

        That’s broad jump. Not vertical.

  8. Steve says:

    My 10 year old son measured 63 off soft toss tonight; smaller kid; he’s 4’6 and weighs around 75#. Did it on hit trax and had a 174 ft shot. He never did this before. Showed him at 87th percentile on distance and 83rd percentile on exit velocity. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Steve. Good for him! I bet he was excited to see that distance. Hit Trax is an awesome tool, isn’t it? Turns it into a game for the kids. Keep working hard, but working FUN, and I’m certain he’ll continue to develop. Best of luck!

      1. Mark Figueroa says:

        Hello Ryan,
        My son is 5’9″ and is 17
        He swung a 34″ drop 3 aluminum bat that recorded 92mph
        on a pitched ball at a recent national showcase event(recorded by event).
        His size limits his exposure but he works very hard every day to improve.
        Thoughts?

        1. Hi Mark,

          I was a small guy too. Same height, at 5’9″. I often wonder if I would have had a Division 1 opportunity this day and age. It seems like guys get pigeon holed because of size even more now. All he can do is focus on what he can control. His attitude and work ethic will determine the most. Not everyone takes a straight path to where they want to go. There are plenty of 5’9″ guys in the Big Leagues! Check out our article on recruiting here…https://baseballmadefun.com/ncaa-college-baseball-recruiting-tips-for-parents-athletes/

          Also, one last thing, a 34 inch bat is pretty large for a kid his age and size. Any thoughts on maybe moving back down to a 33? His exit velo may go up…but then it may not. May be worth trying out at least.

  9. Scott says:

    Hey Ryan,
    My son recently went to a camp where they had the Hit Trax system set up. The coaches at the camp were bragging about my sons exit velo when I arrive to pick him up. They said that 78 was very unusual for 11 year old. He was swinging a -10 bat, so my question is how much of a difference in exit velo will a bbcor or wood bat take off of the 78? Is 78 with a -10 good for a eleven year old. He’s 5’4 and 118.

    1. Hi Scott,

      That is excellent for his age! Yes, if he used a heavier bat right now, such as a bbcor or wood bat, his velocity would likely go down. I can’t tell you exactly how much, but you can always experiment. There are a lot of factors at play in an exit velocity. Size and strength of the player will determine how much bat speed and energy can be can exerted during the swing, but changing the weight of the bat will also effect that. Between now and the time he has to use a bbcor bat, he’ll likely get bigger and stronger. That will allow him to swing heavier bats faster. A bat with more mass being swung at the same speed or higher, equals more exit velocity.

    2. Cameron says:

      Oh man…. after reading the comments of young guys having higher exit velo than me it might be time to hang it up.
      22 yrs old, batted .390 in high school with a broken hand, year before I hit .521
      I was only averaging 72 mph off of hit trax

      RIP.

      1. LOL…Well there are always “old man” leagues. I’m 34 and played a few games last summer with a men’s league team. Not quite the same as playing at a highly competitive level, but still fun. Always ways to keep on playing if you enjoy it!

  10. Sorn says:

    My 12u uses the hit trax system and finally got 80 mph using his voodoo. We keep the hot bats at home. -5 wood is 74-76 mph. 5’8 140. He was geeked finally getting over the 79 he was stuck at for a couple months.

    1. Great job! Keep working hard!

  11. Danny Smith says:

    My son is a 13 year old 5’6 125 and was just clocked at 78 off of the tee with a BBCOR. He doesn’t believe me that his swing is above average for his age and size.

    1. Hey Danny,

      That’s funny! Could be a good thing that he doesn’t believe you. Might keep him hungry to continue getting better! Best of luck!

  12. TheBigDude says:

    TheBigDude: My son is 13; 5’8” 160. Exit velocity with wood bat is 81/mph. #crusher!

    1. #crusher for sure…lol! Keep at it buddy!

    2. Dluke says:

      Similar to my son in size and age 5/3/06.
      5’8” plus, 164 lbs and 88MPH off at Tee, not knowing he was being tested for exit Velo. This was at a showcase. And we just switched him over to righty from lefty.

      1. Great numbers for his age! Curious though, why did he decide to switch from lefty to righty? Left handed hitting tends to carry a bit more value in the eyes of coaches, scouts, etc. Has he ever thought about switch hitting, versus just hitting from one side of the plate?

  13. Anthony says:

    Hi Ryan I am 15 a freshman in high school and my exit velocity is 93-95 off of live pitching and 88-90 of a tee

    1. That’s pretty amazing Anthony! Keep up the good work!

  14. Justin Hoover says:

    My son has worked with you and really likes your coaching. He is 13u Indy Titans. He is 6’2″ 195 lbs. He increased his exit to 108 mph off live arm and 98 mph from the tee. Thanks for working with him.

    1. Hey Justin,

      Vince is an absolute beast! I know he’s going to keep working hard. Expecting big things from him in the future. Let me know if you guys need anything. I’m happy to help in any way!

  15. Bobby says:

    Hey Ryan,
    I am a 15 year old freshman and I took a swing off the tee today with a friends radar gun and it recorded at 71 MPH. I thought that it was kind of slow considering I can hit the ball 300 feet consistently with front flips and 320 when I really muscle it up. In your opinion, was the gun inaccurate, or does it sound normal with these numbers. Also I took only one swing and wasn’t really warmed up, however I still feel as though I hit it hard if that makes any difference. Thanks!

    1. Hi Bobby,

      You kind of answered your own question there. One swing is one swing. Your exit velocity numbers will go up significantly as you take more swings and your body starts to get loose. You may have also missed the sweet spot of the bat on that one swing, which would cause a significant drop in velo. To hit the ball 300 feet or more as you’ve done in the past, you had to hit the ball with an 80+ MPH exit velocity. Keep working hard on your game. Remember, exit velocity is just one tiny piece of the puzzle when it comes to hitting!

  16. scott reizen says:

    Hi Bobby,

    My son just turned 5 and is a little guy. Hes 40 pounds wet and about 3′ 7″. But he loves baseball so I took him to use the HitTrax machine and his exit velocity is 36-37 mph. How does that stack up for a 5 year old?

    Also, any tips so I can get him practicing proper form or fun drills for someone that age?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Scott,

      Wow, sounds like your little guy loves the game! I’m honestly not sure what a good exit velocity for a 5 year old is. I think at that age if they can just hit it on the sweet spot of the bat consistently, they’re ahead of the game.

      As far as tips for practicing goes, just keep it fun for now. Some of my favorite drills for young hitters involve targets. You can use targets made of paper or even hard objects that make substantial noise when struck. Put them in positions that force him to hit line drives and he’ll naturally be improving his swing trying to hit the objects.

  17. I’m a 12 year old 5,3 147lbs and have a exit velo of 77 is this good???

    1. Hi Ben,

      Yes, that is a great exit velocity! Keep up the good work. Don’t forget to work hard at the rest of your game!

  18. Jason Murphy says:

    So after reading some of these comments I’m thinking my son may have the ability to play at the next level. He turned 16 in April. His exit velo was clocked at 90 and fast ball at 87. He’s 6’2 205. We have had no contact with colleges. Should we be getting him in front of them?

    1. Jason,

      Absolutely! With those metrics and his size, he should get quite a bit of attention if he’s put in front of the right eyes. You can find more info on the subject of college recruitment in our article here…NCAA College Baseball Recruiting Tips For Parents & Athletes

      Good luck!!!

  19. Blake Tabor says:

    My son is finishing his 8U season, and just turned 9 in May 2019, and recently registered a 58.6 mph of a tee. He’s 4’8, about 62 lbs when soaking wet with 2 bricks in his hands. Is it too early to start BP with wood, and what other drills have proven effective for kids this age to promote bat speed and quick hands?

    1. Blake,

      They make lighter wood bats for young players. I think that would be a great choice. You don’t want to constantly overload him with too heavy of a bat. But if you find one the right weight, maybe slightly heavier than his metal bat, then it can be a great training tool. There are plenty of great drills out there. If you go to our homepage you’ll see a free download on the right-hand side. That will give you 5 highly recommended drills for youth hitters. Also, please keep checking back with our page. I’ll be launching a video training platform soon with over 60 drills! Thanks for visiting!

  20. Alberto says:

    It seems pretty hard to find any rankings for 8u players but my kid topped out at an exit velo of 61 MPH off the tee with a 29 in -10 bat. Very advanced swing hopefully by 10 we are in the 70’s! Check him out @ajgil_doesbaseball on Instagram.

    1. Awesome! Haha, yeah, not sure on 8U exit velo. Most kids that age are still figuring out how to get the bat to and through the zone, let alone actually drive the ball. Thanks for sharing. I’ll check him out!

  21. Shawn says:

    Im 6’3 and 190 with an intent swing and with (average is 85) 88 top velo with a BBCOR, but do you think its possible to hit the 90-100mph club 2 years from now?

    1. Hi Shawn,

      Absolutely! Honestly, you may be a tweak or two away from 90 right now. It’s not uncommon to be able to add 4-5 mph of exit velocity just by making a simple mechanical change. If you add some muscle in the weight room that will help as well. Keep working hard!

  22. Anthony says:

    My son just turned 11 about a week ago. He’s maybe 5’ tall 84lbs
    And off a tee with a 30” wood bat drop 7.5 his top exit Velo is 74mph estimated distance is 218 feet

    1. That’s very good! I like that he’s using a wood bat at such a young age. It’s a simple, but effective training tool for learning how to make more solid contact. Keep up the good work!

  23. Jimmy says:

    My daughter is a 16yr old softball player, she is a Junior on her highschool softball team. Her bat speed was clocked at 82mph. What would her exit velocity be on a 60mph pitch.

    1. Hi Jimmy,

      First, that is an exceptional bat speed! If that is an accurate number, it puts her with the best players up through the college ranks. I want to make that we understand the definition of both terms. Bat speed is the measure of the speed of the bat when it is swung, exit velocity is the measure of the speed of the ball when it leaves the bat. With that said, there are other variables to factor in when trying to correlate bat speed with exit velocity, such as the mass of the bat and the spot on the bat that contact is made. With her bat speed being at the upper echelon for the high school level, I would assume her exit velocity would be as well, when using an average size bat and facing average pitching speed for her age. So if she hits the sweet spot of the bat on a pitch, my guess is she would have an exit velocity near that of high level college hitters, which on average is 70+MPH. Here is a link to an illustration of college softball measurables – http://www.onesoftball.com/worksheets/osb_collegemeasureables.pdf

  24. Ryan Gall says:

    Hey my name is Ryan Gall, I just turned 15 on September 25th and I’m a freshman. I’m 6 foot 140 pounds and I just hit 81.7 MPH off of a 60 MPH pitch from 45 feet in the cage. I was just wondering how good this was for my age?

    1. Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for sharing! I’d say that you fall in the average to slightly above average rankings of players your age. Keep working hard and getting bigger and stronger. Work ethic is what will separate the players who progress over the next couple years and the ones who don’t. Good luck!

  25. Marty Grotjan says:

    My son is 14. He is 5’11 and weighs 147.3 (Just weighed in for wrestling..lol). He swings both right and left handed. His velo is 89.4 with aluminum, 88 flat with wood and 88.8 with a bbcor high school bat….all these left handed. Right handed his velo is 86.7 with aluminum, 86.2 with wood and 86 flat with bbcor high school bat. How does this compare? These were all taken back in July at a camp. All these numbers are off a tee.

    1. Wow, those are exceptional numbers for his age and a huge bonus that he can do it from both sides of the plate! If those numbers are accurate, depending on how the rest of his measurables are, he is going to be getting a lot of attention from colleges soon. I wish him the best of luck!

  26. Shawn Carter says:

    Hey, I’m a junior in high school and just turned 18. I was clocked sophomore at 77 and now at 88-90 in the offseason. I barely lift and I guess I have some strength, but do you think it is possible for me to hit 100mph club by the end of this season or senior year.

    1. Shawn Carter says:

      PS I’m 6’3 and 195

    2. Hi Shawn, nice work so far. There are a lot of variables at play, but it sounds like you have room for improvement via the weight room. Aside from mechanics, nothing else makes a bigger impact on your ability to create power than added strength. If you can, I’d recommend getting with a trainer in your area that specializes in training baseball players. They can hook you up with a sport specific routine. Best of luck to you! Keep working hard!

  27. Luis says:

    At 14 my son hit 94.7 exit velo. Live pitch around 45 mph from 35 ft. 32 27oz bat.

    1. That’s great, Luis! Don’t be surprised if he takes a small step back next year when he has to use BBCOR -3 bats. I wouldn’t think it would be a major reduction of bat speed with only 2 ounces difference, but there could be some. Keep focusing on making good, solid contact and that exit velocity should continue to climb as he gets stronger.

  28. Matthew Tamura says:

    I’m 17, 5,11” 195lbs and my exit velo with a metal bat was clocked at 101mph and my wood was clocked at 99 mph, I had a 3.8 gpa last year, yet no offers or anything from colleges. I know some people pay to play in front of colleges but I don’t have the money for that. What are my chances of making it if I don’t pay to play in front of them.

    1. Hi Matthew. That’s a phenomenal exit velocity, and even more importantly, great grades! Grades will take most people further than baseball will, so keep it up! There are free platforms online for you to share your video and metrics. Checkout Flatground Hitting on social media @FlatgroundBats
      Tons of coaches follow it, and they allow you to post for free. Hope that helps! Good luck to you!

  29. Sean says:

    My son just had his first high school baseball tryout as a Freshman and hit over 87 mph velo With a 33″ BBCOR. He is about 5’11” & 195 lbs. He turned fifteen about 3 months ago. He is pretty consistent with a launch angle in 16-20 degrees. So far so good. He has dreams as does any other kid but he puts in a lot of hard work for baseball, football & track on his own time. Maintaining a 3.8 GPA as well, knowing that is the key to getting into college where he dreams about being a dual sport athlete. Thanks for the great article and good luck to everyone’s kids this season.

    1. That’s great, Sean! There is a lot of opportunity out there for those that want to play at the next level…especially if they have good grades. I always tell everyone to keep an open mind about the level they play at collegiately. Many players think D1 or bust, but there is plenty of good baseball below the D1 level. Many Major Leaguers, in fact, never played at the D1 level. Good luck to your son in his future baseball endeavors!

  30. Jared says:

    Dang, y’all have some monster kids. My son just turned 11 in November and is only 4’4”and 102 lbs. but he has been working hard and added 6 mph over the last 7 weeks. He has the work ethic and the aggressive mindset in the box to try and drive the ball. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to teach.

    1. Haha, I’ve noticed that too, Jared! That’s the great thing about this game, though. Size doesn’t matter as much as it does in other sports. His work ethic and mindset will take him much further in the game than size alone. Around age 13 or 14, the players who have gotten away with not working hard because they were bigger and stronger than everyone will start to get passed by. I see it all the time.

  31. Bill says:

    I am curious about these numbers as my son (13U player in 2019) is not an elite/power hitter on his team and he has a personal best of 91.3 there are a couple other kids in the mid 90’s. We are a 13U (14U 2020) team and the biggest hitter in the area, and on our team, has a personal best over 108, yes 108. This is through the hittrax system, not off a tee but pitching machine… is the Hittrax system inaccurate or how should i process this info!?

    1. Bill says:

      I read through a few responses and see they tee measurements being the key to this info, thanks for the info/data

      1. Yes, Bill, I think a lot of the comments are likely not based on exit velocity from the tee. That is what I’ve based the numbers on in this article. Thanks for reading!

    2. Wow, yeah that’s insane! I’d bet that was off of a live pitch, but regardless, it’s a crazy high exit velocity for anyone, let alone a 14 year old. I do question the validity of some Hittrax numbers. There are definitely variables that can create anomalies in the measurement of exit velocity on those systems.

  32. Joe says:

    Hi Ryan,
    We recently got a Pocket Radar Ball Coach radar gun. My son wanted to try it out right away even though it was dark outside. Would darkness be a factor in how it’s measured? We were getting readings much slower than what he’s typically measured at. He’s about 6-1″ and 170 lbs. In the indoor facility with a Bushnell gun he tops out at 90 mph.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Joe,

      Darkness should not change the readings on the gun. However, the air may be more damp and heavier then. It was more than likely a number of factors combined that would cause it to be much slower. Were you using the same baseballs, reading from the same position, etc? Let me know if you notice a difference next time you try it during the daytime.

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