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Average Pitching Speed for 8-18 Year Olds - How Fast should I be Pitcihng

Velocity isn't everything when it comes to pitching, but it seems like that is what every pitcher wants to know. How hard am I throwing, or what is the average pitching speed for a certain age. So, in this article (and video - below), I am going to discuss the average pitching speed for ages 8 - 18, above average pitching speed for ages 8 - 18, and I am also going to provide my pitching speed at different ages. By providing my pitching speed at different ages you will be able to see where you are relative to where you may possibly be able to be! I hope this article on average pitching speeds helps you get an idea of where you are or where you need to be.

I give baseball lessons in the Orlando FL area (so if you ever come down for vacation make sure you come get some work in!) and everytime I get a new player in, I record their starting pitching speeds. So for the purposes of this research, I am going to use their starting pitching speeds, the first day they came in, because if I go with what they are pitching now, the numbers would be skewed, because those who have continued to work on it are all above average now.

Before we get started, I want to define a few terms I will be using. The median is the middle value in a list of numbers, the mode is the value that occurs most often in a list of numbers, and the range is the difference between the largest and smallest values in a list of numbers.

Ok, so here's what I found:

The average pitcihng speed for an 8 year old

The average pitching speed for an 8 year old is 39 mph.

The median pitching speed for an 8 year old is also 39 mph.

The mode pitching speed for an 8 year old is 38 mph.

The range of pitching speed for an 8 year old is 36 - 42 mph.

Your goal should be 45+

The average pitcihng speed for a 9 year old

The average pitching speed for a 9 year old is 44 mph.

The median pitching speed for a 9 year old is 45 mph.

The mode pitching speed for a 9 year old is 45 mph.

The range of pitching speed for a 9 year old is 37 - 50 mph.

Your goal should be 50+

The average pitcihng speed for a 10 year old

The average pitching speed for a 10 year old is 47 mph.

The median pitching speed for a 10 year old is 48 mph.

The mode pitching speed for a 10 year old is 47 mph.

The range of pitching speed for a 10 year old is 41 - 55 mph.

Your goal should be 55+

The average pitcihng speed for an 11 year old

The average pitching speed for an 11 year old is 52 mph.

The median pitching speed for an 11 year old is 55 mph.

The mode pitching speed for an 11 year old is 56 mph.

The range of pitching speed for an 11 year old is 43 - 59 mph.

Your goal should be 60+

The average pitcihng speed for a 12 year old

The average pitching speed for a 12 year old is 55 mph.

The median pitching speed for a 12 year old is 53 mph.

The mode pitching speed for a 12 year old is 54 mph.

The range of pitching speed for a 12 year old is 47 - 61 mph.

Your goal should be 65+

The average pitcihng speed for a 13 year old

The average pitching speed for a 13 year old is 62 mph.

The median pitching speed for a 13 year old is 63 mph.

The mode pitching speed for a 13 year old is 63 mph.

The range of pitching speed for a 13 year old is 55 - 66 mph.

Your goal should be 70+

The average pitcihng speed for a 14 year old

The average pitching speed for a 14 year old is 68 mph.

The median pitching speed for a 14 year old is 68 mph.

The mode pitching speed for a 14 year old is 68 mph.

The range of pitching speed for a 14 year old is 63 - 73 mph.

Your goal should be 75+

The average pitcihng speed for a 15 year old

The average pitching speed for a 15 year old is 70 mph.

The median pitching speed for a 15 year old is 68 mph.

The mode pitching speed for a 15 year old is 69 mph.

The range of pitching speed for a 15 year old is 65 - 74 mph.

Your goal should be 80+

The average pitcihng speed for a 16 year old

The average pitching speed for a 16 year old is 76 mph.

The median pitching speed for a 16 year old is 74 mph.

The mode pitching speed for a 16 year old is 75 mph.

The range of pitching speed for a 16 year old is 69 - 80 mph.

Your goal should be 85+

The average pitcihng speed for a 17 year old

The average pitching speed for a 17 year old is 80 mph.

The median pitching speed for a 17 year old is 81 mph.

The mode pitching speed for a 17 year old is 81 mph.

The range of pitching speed for a 17 year old is 71 - 85 mph.

Your goal should be 90+

The average pitcihng speed for an 18 year old

The average pitching speed for an 18 year old is 83 mph.

The median pitching speed for an 18 year old is 84 mph.

The range of pitching speed for an 18 year old is 75 - 92 mph.

Your goal should be 90+

Again, these averages and ranges are from the guys who have come to see me over the years. This does not reflect a national pitching speed average, it just shows where guys started out when they came to see me. Most of them have hit their goals and are pitching well above the average speeds listed here, so that is something to take into consideration if you are going to someone for personal instruction. I do however believe that these numbers will be pretty similar and at least a good guide to go by.

On a side note:

Junior Colleges are looking for Righties 87+ and Lefties 85+

D1 Colleges are looking for Righties 90+ and Lefties 87+

The professional draft is looking for the same as D1 Colleges, but they are also looking for size (height and weight), body type, mechanics, arm acti