**Our baseball Pitching Speed Calculator is a handy app designed to calculate and analyze the velocity of a pitcher’s throw using Speed = Distance / Time formula.**

**Youth and Little League**pitchers typically throw in the**40-60 mph range****High school varsity**pitchers average**70-90 mph**, with top pitchers reaching**90+ mph****College pitchers**generally throw**80-95 mph**, with elite Division I arms reaching**95+ mph****Professional pitchers**regularly throw**90-105 mph**, with the fastest reaching**105+ mph**

## Baseball Pitching Speed Calculator

Scenario | Distance (ft) | Time (s) | Calculated Speed (mph) |
---|---|---|---|

Youth League | 46 | 0.55 | 56.84 |

High School | 60.5 | 0.50 | 82.28 |

College | 60.5 | 0.45 | 91.42 |

Pro Fastball | 60.5 | 0.40 | 102.85 |

Knuckleball | 60.5 | 0.75 | 54.85 |

Little League | 46 | 0.60 | 51.76 |

Travel Ball | 60.5 | 0.47 | 87.88 |

High School JV | 60.5 | 0.52 | 79.41 |

College Closer | 60.5 | 0.42 | 98.21 |

Minor League | 60.5 | 0.41 | 100.43 |

## Pitch Speed by Age Chart

Age | Average Fastball Speed |
---|---|

10-12 | 40-50 mph |

13-14 | 55-65 mph |

15-16 | 70-80 mph |

17-18 | 80-90 mph |

College | 85-95 mph |

Pro | 90-105 mph |

## Baseball Pitching Speed Formula

The formula for calculating pitch speed is:

**Speed = Distance / Time**

**Where:**

**Speed**= Speed of the pitch (in feet per second)**Distance**= Distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate (typically 60.5 feet in professional baseball)**Time**= Time taken for the pitch to travel that distance (in seconds)

**A more detailed formula is:**

**Pitch Speed (mph) = (Release Distance in feet / Time of flight in seconds) * (3600 / 5280)**

**Release Distance**: The actual distance the ball travels, considering the pitcher’s release point**Time of flight**: Measured from release to crossing home plate**(3600 / 5280)**: Conversion factor from feet per second to miles per hour

**Example calculation:**

- Release distance: 55 feet
- Time of flight: 0.4 seconds

Pitch Speed = (55 / 0.4)

(3600 / 5280) ≈ *93.75 mph

## How fast is 60 mph from 46 feet?

A **60 mph pitch** from **46 feet** would feel like a **79 mph pitch** in the major leagues.

To understand the perceived speed of a **60 mph pitch** from **46 feet** (standard Little League distance), we need to calculate its **equivalent speed** from the MLB mound distance of **60 feet 6 inches**.

Using the formula:

**Equivalent Speed = (Actual Speed * MLB distance) / Actual distance**

Equivalent Speed = (60

60.5) / 46 ≈ *78.91 mph

## How to calculate pitching speed?

**Measure the Distance**: Confirm that the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate is 60.5 feet.**Time the Pitch**: Use a stopwatch to measure how long it takes for the ball to travel from the pitcher’s hand to the catcher’s glove. If it takes 0.47 seconds, record this time.**Calculate Speed in Feet per Second**: Plug your values into the formula:**Speed = 60.5 / Time**This would translate approximately 129 feet per second.**Convert to Miles Per Hour**: To convert feet per second to miles per hour, multiply by 0.682:**Speed (mph) = Speed (feet per second) * 0.682**

Alternatively, you can use a direct formula for speed in miles per hour: Speed (mph) = (60.5 / Time) * 0.682

**Example:**

- Distance: 58 feet
- Time of flight: 0.45 seconds

Speed = (58 / 0.45)(3600 / 5280) ≈ *87.88 mph

## How fast is 70 mph from 30 feet in MLB?

A **70 mph pitch** from just **30 feet** would be perceived as an astounding **141 mph in the MLB**.

To understand how a **70 mph pitch** from **30 feet** compares to MLB standards, we’ll use the equivalent speed formula:

**Equivalent Speed = (Actual Speed * MLB distance) / Actual distance**

Equivalent Speed = (70 *60.5) / 30 ≈ *141.17 mph*

## Sources / Reference URLs

- MLB.com – Statcast Pitch Tracking
- Journal of Applied Biomechanics – Pitching Biomechanics
- American Sports Medicine Institute – Pitch Smart Program

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