Quotes on softball are motivating to players of all ages, as young players can learn from the wisdom of their idols.
Fastpitch softball has unique demands– the field is small, margin of error is large and the ups and downs over long seasons make it a grind.
Quotes from well known players like Jennie Finch, to six time all-star pitcher Cat Osterman–these quotes will cover mental toughness, team building, hitting and pitching and overall inspiration!
76 Quotes on Softball – Motivation for Fastpitch Players & Teams
Use these quotes to help you get through slumps and think of the game in a new light!
- 76 Quotes on Softball – Motivation for Fastpitch Players & Teams
- Section 1 – Quotes on Mental Toughness
- Section 2 – Inspirational Quotes on Softball
- Section 3 – Team Building Quotes for Softball Players
- Section 4 – Softball Pitching Quotes
- Section 5 – Softball Hitting Quotes
- Section 6 – Relatable Quotes
- More Fastpitch Training Resources
- Common Softball Questions
Read on and leave a comment on your favorite quote at the end!
Section 1 – Quotes on Mental Toughness
Mental toughness is super important because players are going to hit slumps, suffer bad luck, ups and downs and injuries. Find a quote below that helps you keep going.
“Go hard every play. You don’t want to leave anything behind and regret it years down the road that you didn’t give it all when you could have.”– Ashley DeBuhr
“Anything worthy of your passion should be worthy of your preparation.”– Sue Enquist
“We play this game with emotion and love. Coach always says ‘Emotionally, physically, mentally – come to the field prepared.’ Because if you don’t bring that to the field, you’re going to get beat.”– Laura Berg
“Take it one pitch at a time. Take it one day at at time.”– Amanda Scarborough
“And my dad drilled it in my head, you know, ‘If you want it bad enough, and you’re willing to make the sacrifices, you can do it. But first, you have to believe in yourself.’”– Jennie Finch
“Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine!”– Jennie Finch
“There is a way to play this game (softball) physically, but it’s the mental part that’s going to separate gold from silver and silver from bronze.”– Lisa Fernadez
“What success is can’t be defined by what other people can do. It’s your success. You define it.”– Unknown
“Never let yesterday’s disappointments overshadow tomorrow’s dreams.”– Allison, West Morgan Softball
“Worrying about past plays is such a waste of time, energy, and emotion. Know what you need to do in that moment.”– Unknown
“You’re going to be praised and you’re going to be criticized. Ignore both. Neither one matters.”– Unknown
“The true definition of confidence has nothing to do with other people who surround us and statistics on a sheet of paper. The only place that confidence comes is from inside YOU. Yes, you. Our confidence belongs to us, no one else.”– Unknown
“A winner is that person who gets up one more time then he was knocked down.”– Unknown
“When someone you have a lot of respect for believes in you, it helps you believe in yourself.”– Cat Osterman
“The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose.”– Unknown
“You can’t always control the circumstances – only how you react to those circumstances; you can always control your attitude and your effort.”– Jennie Finch
“If you look back at yesterday and think it was a big deal, then you haven’t done anything today.”– Cat Osterman
“I think an athletes mental state is what separates he goods from the greats! Being able to have a short term memory when failure hits is a taught skill and should be something that is practice daily on exactly how you as an individual handle failure. In our sport failure happens far to often so you have to perfect bouncing back fast!”– Natasha Watley
Section 2 – Inspirational Quotes on Softball
All of us need a pick-me-up every once in a while, especially when things aren’t going as we planned.
“I didn’t fall out of bed and become an Olympic champion. I worked hard, I was dedicated, and I really worked to perfect all aspects of my game.” Michele Smith– Michele Smith
“I’m not exceptionally fast or overly powerful._ But I have a good work ethic, and I make up for it by using technique and trying to be smarter.”– Dot Richardson
“I am now, and will always be me. But when it comes time to step out onto that field, me gets a little more dedicated, a little more serious, and nobody stands in my way.”– Caitlin Sumpter
“Sometimes it feels like you’re pushing and pushing and not getting through. But there’s so much progress that can’t be seen each day.”– Unknown
“Softball goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance.”– Unknown
“Passion is a prerequisite to winning.”– Unknown
“I am who I am. I’m going to be who I am. And I’m going to give my all to the game in the way that I do it.”– Lonni Alameda
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”– Giselle C., Shortstop, California
“I make my weaknesses my strengths and my strengths stronger.”– Lisa Fernandez
“You only get so much time to play the game. Play it right the first time. You don’t get a second try at life.”– Unknown
“Four bases, three strikes, two teams, one winner. It’s not just a game, but a way of life. Softball, this is my destiny.”– Unknown
“It’s supposed to be hard, if it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”– Unknown
“This game is about the long run. LIFE is about the long run. Pick successes that can build your confidence over time and stay in the process. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, but you can’t see the light if you fall into the trap of all the failures trying to pull you down.”– Amanda Scarborough
“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”– Amanda Scarborough
“It’s always about wanting to one-up myself from the day before. There’s never an absolute 100% perfect performance, but going out and striving for that perfect performance is what keeps me going.”– Cat Osterman
“Don’t underestimate yourself. You are more capable than you think. Keep working. Don’t give up.”– Jennie Finch
“Somewhere behind the athlete, behind the hours of practice, behind the coaches who have pushed you, is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back.”– Unknown
“What I love about the game is that the game doesn’t know who is supposed to win.”– Sue Enquist
“A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams.”– Dot Richardson
“I want kids who are going to go out there and compete, lay it all on the table. I think the big thing about this game is you have to care a lot about it.”– Mike Candrea
“Dream big and work hard. Play with passion and the sky is the limit. Fastpitch rocks!”– Jennie K., Catcher, Arizona
Section 3 – Team Building Quotes for Softball Players
Being a great teammate is something that will help a player much, much more than she realizes. Lots of very wise quotes on softball stem from the bond built by teammates, and how important the team dynamic is.
“Don’t think you’re to good to sit and root for your team, be a team player.”– Unknown
“Play for the name on the front of your jersey, not the name on the back.”– Unknown
“It’s a game of making great pitches at the right time, being opportunistic by getting a run at the right time and playing good defense.”– Mike Candrea
“The team with the best athletes doesn’t usually win._ It’s the team with the athletes who play best together.”– Lisa Fernandez
“ANYONE can be on a team, but NOT just anyone can be a loyal leader who people look to and who rises above all the negativity and drama.”– Unknown
“I don’t need to be Number 1 on the team. If I need to hit, pitch, run, whatever, I will do it. If everything was going to be about me, I’d quit.”– Michele Smith
“The point of the game is not how well the individual does but whether the team wins. That is the beautiful part of the game, the blending of personalities, the mutual sacrifices for group success.”– Unknown
“I do my job on the mound and then do what I can at the plate, always working on helping the team anyway I can.”– Jennie Finch
“We’re prepared, and we’ve done everything we can to prepare for this moment in time. That’s what confidence is all about.”– Lisa Fernandez
“We’re going to step on the field knowing that every team we’re going against is going to push their game to that whole new level that we probably hadn’t seen. … We’ve just got to be ready to step up with them”– Crystl Bustos, Third Basemen, Team USA
“Even when you’ve played the game of your life, it’s the feeling of teamwork that you’ll remember. You’ll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores, but you’ll never forget your teammates.” – Deborah Palmore– Deborah Palmore
“Fresh cut grass, dragged dirt, ring of a bat, a diving catch, a blocked ball, sweating, bleeding and sliding into home. Not a bad way to spend a few hours.”– Unknown
Section 4 – Softball Pitching Quotes
Pitching is hard–it’s just you out there against the world. Lots of the best quotes on softball and baseball come from this competiton between hitter and pitcher.
“I really didn’t have my best stuff. My drop ball was inconsistent and they had a good game plan. I stopped worrying about striking people out and just focused on getting people out.”– Cat Osterman
“Be that pitcher that every hitter is afraid to face.”– Unknown
“Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”– Unknown
“But I wasn’t getting in my pace, staying within myself, I was getting a little rushed. So I think I finally took a couple deep breaths and let myself get my timing back.”– Cat Osterman
“I do not just want to be just another face. What I want is to go out there and prove something on the field.”– Jennie Finch
“It only takes one pitch to make a difference.”– Unknown
“The pitcher’s mound is a place where I can feel powerful, confident and in control.”– Unknown
“Pitching is the art of instilling fear.”– Unknown
“When I’m in the game [softball], it’s not so much mechanics. It’s more of just trusting my teammates, trusting myself, trusting my preparation that we’ve put in to get there. When you’re in the game, it’s go-mode. There’s going to be times when you’re tweaking things but when you’re in that game mode, you just want to think about that one next pitch.”– Jennie Finch
“Every time you go out there, you want to be a little nervous, have a little bit of butterflies in your stomach and get the juices flowing.”– Taryne Mowatt, Pitcher, University of Arizona
Section 5 – Softball Hitting Quotes
If you fail 7 out of 10 times…you’re a stud. Hitting is hard, so learn from some of the greats. Some of these “fight” analogy quotes on softball are pretty funny, and draw a lot of parallels to battle, fights, etc.
“When you’re in a slump don’t lie down and take it. Remember: you’re a fighter.”– Unknown
“When I step into batter’s box, the fans, the noise, the cheers, they all disappear. For that moment, the world is just a battle between me and the pitcher. And more than anything, I want to win.”– Mary W.
“As an athlete it feels so natural to stick with your strengths and never really evolve. To stay ahead of the trends, it’s so important to constantly evolve & reinvent daily to stay ahead of the curve.”– Natasha Watley
“I am now, and will always be me. But when it comes time to step out onto that field, me gets a little more dedicated, a little more serious, and nobody stands in my way.”– Caitlin Sumpter, Catcher, Kansas
“In sport, part of the game is accepting the umpire’s call, no matter how hard that might be. Sometimes the calls go your way, and sometimes they don’t.”– Dot Richardson
“Before you ask me why my legs are bruised, my knees are scared and my nails are broken. Realize I hit the drop ball, take the shot at home plate and swing for the fence. I don’t play with Barbie’s and I don’t jump rope. If the game were easy, I wouldn’t play. 2 teams, 4 bases, 7 innings, 1 game…FASTPITCH SOFTBALL”– Unknown
“I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball I want someone to go chase it.”– Unknown
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”– Babe Ruth
Section 6 – Relatable Quotes
Sometimes, it helps to just remember how important (and fun, or difficult) the little things can be. These quotes are about the little odds and ends that make the game so interesting…
“If you love that 3-2 pitch, that diving catch, the dirt in your hair, the face of your opponent and that slide into home that won the game, but also gave you one horrible bruise…then you’re a true softball player.”– Unknown
“It’s supposed to be hard, if it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”– Unknown
“Playing fast pitch softball against me is as close to death as you’re gonna get.”– Unknown
“Softball is for everyone. Fast-pitch is for athletes.”– Unknown
“Strawberry’s always hurt less when the umpire calls you safe.”– Unknown
“The game begins the moment you forget you’re playing.”– Unknown
“Passion creates work ethic. Work ethic creates possibilities. Possibilities create happiness.”– Unknown
Use These Quotes on Softball To Help You Improve Your Game
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More Fastpitch Training Resources
If you want to improve this season, check out the articles and videos below:
- Snap Softball YouTube Channel
- How to Throw Sidearm in Softball with Good Mechanics
- Arm Strengthening Exercises for Softball Players
Common Softball Questions
Be sure to leave a question or comment at the end, but read on for a few common questions with answers.
How do you get through a slump in softball?
In softball, the term “slump” typically means that a player is going through a lot of failure. In some circumstances, the player may be striking out more often than usual, causing more errors on defense, or may not be able to find the strike zone in pitching. Realize that failure is part of the game and everyone hits very rough patches in their playing career. Softball is a game of failure–keep your head up when you fail. Start saying “I will” instead of “I can’t.” “I will get a hit.” “I will make this play.” “I will throw a strike.”
What does it take to be a good softball player?
To be a good softball player you need to master the fundamentals of the game. Dedicate every day to work on a piece of your game. Practice your hitting, pitching and fielding every week. You must also be athletic–meaning, you should be able to run, jump, and move generally well in all facets. Study famous softball players–what do they do well? There are many to choose from in the list of quotes on softball. Lastly, you will need to be a great teammate; there are lots of quotes on softball that deal with being a great teammate. Be willing to pick up your teammates when they are down, and be able to cheer for your team no matter what the score is.
What do you do when your coach is mean to you in softball?
A good coach is never truly “mean.” You might think that they are being mean to you personally, however, they are expressing their dissatisfaction in the situation that you may have caused. Your coach may yell at you when you make an error, maybe they yell at you for not hustling on the base paths, or perhaps they don’t like the attitude you might be displaying. Take the criticism that your coach hands you and ask yourself what you could do better for your team. A good coach wants to see you improve and grow into a better softball player, sometimes you will need to be yelled at so you can see that what you are doing won’t help you.
How do you improve at softball?
If you really want to get better at softball, you should do these three things:
1) Write down your goals, such as “have a focused, tough at-bat every time up.” Or, “be a leader on the field this year.” Then, what do you need to accomplish them? Writing down your goals will help motivate you going forward.
2) Go play the game! Play at a park with your friends. Practice fielding by throwing a ball off a wall. Hit softballs of a tee. There is no better way to improve your game than actually playing the game an practicing relentlessly.
3) Watch college and professional softball players. They are playing at the next level for a reason, watch what they do and learn from them.