Below are the athletic measurables and characteristics needed to play at each level of competition. These numbers were put together from general feedback by college coaches. While there are certainly exceptions to the given parameters, these numbers will give you a better idea as to where you stand and what you need to work on.
For the most part, college coaches are looking for pitchers, catchers, shortstops, and center fielders. Many college coaches will only recruit these four positions and move them to other positions once they arrive on campus. It is very important for high school softball players to be aware of this fact.
Division II Softball:
Pitchers: 58+ MPH; command of at least 3 pitches; sub 1.70 ERA
Catchers: 1.9 Pop Time or below, superior leadership ability
Middle Infielders: 3.0 or less Home to 1st
Corner Infielders: 3.0 or less Home to 1st, tremendous power potential
Centerfielders: 2.9 or less Home to 1st
Corner Outfielders: 3.0 or less Home to 1st, tremendous power potential
Division III and NAIA Softball:
Similar to baseball, the discrepancies in characteristics can be something severe when it comes to schools competing at the DIII and NAIA level. Be sure to fully research each individual program to get a better idea as to what type of player they are looking for. With that being said, pitchers, catchers, and position players interested in competitiveness at the DIII and / or NAIA level should attend to meet the following measurables.
Pitchers: 55+ MPH
Catchers: 2.0 Pop Time or below
Position Players: 3.0 or less Home to 1st