Chicago Bandits Re-Sign Emily Allard, Sara Moulton, Natalie Hernandez, Alex Booker, and Michelle Gascoigne for the 2015 Season........................USSSA Pride Sign Hannah Rogers for the 2015 Season...................Chicago Bandits Re-Sign Emily Allard, Sara Moulton, Natalie Hernandez, Alex Booker, and Michelle Gascoigne for the 2015 Season........................USSSA Pride Sign Hannah Rogers for the 2015 Season...................Chicago Bandits Re-Sign Emily Allard, Sara Moulton, Natalie Hernandez, Alex Booker, and Michelle Gascoigne for the 2015 Season........................USSSA Pride Sign Hannah Rogers for the 2015 Season...................Chicago Bandits Re-Sign Emily Allard, Sara Moulton, Natalie Hernandez, Alex Booker, and Michelle Gascoigne for the 2015 Season........................USSSA Pride Sign Hannah Rogers for the 2015 Season...................

 
  • The average fastpitch pitch speed at the professional level is 63 mph. Considering the pitcher stands 43’ feet from the batter, and the hardest-throwing baseball pitchers throw 99.4 mph from 60 feet, fastpitch batters have essentially the same time to react as their baseball counterparts.
  • Women’s fastpitch was admitted  into the Olympic Games as a full medal sport for the first time at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The United States won the gold medal in those Games and continued to dominate on the diamond with a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and again at the 2004 games in Greece. In 2008, the United States Team brought home silver, as Japan captured the gold medal for the first time in history.

  • The beginnings of fastpitch softball date back to a cold, windy day in November 1887 in Chicago, Illinois.  A group of Yale and Harvard alumni, led by George Hancock, a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade, decided to play a game of “indoor baseball” in a local gymnasium. Hancock created 19 special rules to adapt the outdoor game to the indoor version. The game was soon adapted for outside play on fields too small for baseball.