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160 Most Motivational Softball Quotes

Softball is a game similar to baseball played with a larger ball (11 to 16 in. circumference) on a field that has base lengths of 60 feet, a pitcher’s mound that ranges from 35–43 feet away from home plate, and a home run fence that is 220–300 feet away from home plate, depending on the type of softball being played. It was invented in 1887 in Chicago, Illinois, the United States as an indoor game. Females mostly play it. It was often called kitten ball, indoor baseball, mush ball, playground, softbound ball, and because girls and women, ladies’ baseball also played it. The actual name softball was given to this game in 1926.

The main differences between Baseball and Softball are:

Pitching: The other major pitching difference is that softball pitchers deliver the ball in an underhand motion; baseball pitchers can throw overhand or even sidearm if they choose.
Distance from the pitcher’s area to home plate: At the beginning levels of youth softball, pitchers generally deliver pitches about 35 feet from home plate. At the higher levels of play, pitchers throw balls from 40 feet.
Base paths: The base paths in softball are several feet shorter than those in baseball.
Field size: A common distance from home plate to the outfield fence in softball is 150 feet for the younger kids, while it extends to 225 to 250 feet for the older kids.
Size of the ball: A regulation softball is significantly larger than a regulation baseball.

Softball is a great sport that involves less muscle and more intellect. To win the game, softball players must always think ahead and make decisions while in duress as they run the field scenarios.

In honour of this amazing sport. We searched the internet for some of the best softball and sports quotes of all time. Quotes from well-known players like Jennie Finch, to six-time all-star pitcher Cat Osterman, will cover mental toughness, team building, hitting and pitching and overall inspiration!

Also, read these Powerful Baseball Quotes and Soccer quotes for additional motivation to keep playing and practising.

160 Softball Quotes We Love

Top 10 Softball Quotes

“Softball isn’t a one woman sport, there’s 11 other girls who become your sisters. And don’t forget that you win as a team and lose as a team.”

“Realize this: We aren’t going to be perfect with our outcomes/results, in this game of failure, we call softball. However, every time you are in a pressure situation, it’s a chance to prove that you’re in the ‘perfect’ frame of mind. The ‘success’ and ‘failure’ comes from being in the right frame of mind and giving yourself a chance to have success when the big moment comes; it doesn’t always necessarily come with the outcome, despite what all eyes watching might think. Results will come once the frame of mind has been altered.” – Amanda Scarborough

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

“Softball has given me so much in life. It’s taught me the kind of person I want to be and given me a sweet sisterhood. It even led me to my husband.” – Jennie Finch

“We play this game (softball) 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

“Softball is like love, first you learn the rules of the game, and then you forget the rules and play from your heart.”

“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 Fernandez

“The softball gods giveth and the softball gods taketh away, but that evens out over the season.” – Yvette Girouard

“When all the girls were getting all made up and getting into all that girl stuff in junior high, I was out playing softball or touch football with the guys.” – Catherine Bell

“We play softball, but we ain’t going soft on you.”

Short Softball Quotes

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“Be yourself.”

“Faith. Love. Softball.”

“I play hard with softballs.”

“The softball tan lines are just irreversible by this point…”

“Softball: Where good girls steal.”

“We play softball, but we ain’t going soft on you.”

“When the source is a story. That’s a softball question.” – Michael Wolff

“Softball is life; the rest is just details.”

“Don’t let the name of softball fool you, be ready to play hardball.”

“Softball is not for softies.”

“If baseball is life, softball is heaven.”

“Life’s hard. Softball’s harder.”

“6-4-3=2 softball math… you wouldn’t understand!”

“The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.”

“There is no shame in my game.”

“Hard is when it matters; when you’re tired is when it counts.”

“Throw your heart over the fence, and the ball will go with it.”

“I’m so good your mom cheers for me.”

“Remember when hitting like a girl was a bad thing?”

“I hope you like animals, cause I’m a beast.”

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

“You got to want it to win it… And I want it bad.”

“If you never lose, then you can never appreciate the victories.”

“You can’t steal second with one foot on first.”

“Make your competitive juices overcome your excuses.”

“There is no place like a home base.”

“play like you’re in first, train like you’re in second.”

“Play the ball; don’t let the ball play you.”

“Call us butter cause we on a roll.”

“One team one dream.”

“Real woman have great curves…and fastballs and change-ups.”

“There’s nothing soft about my Balls.”

“Look like a beauty, play like a beast.”

“I like a little dirt on my diamond.”

“Softball gives girls a chance to show the boys how it’s really done.”

“Softball is not a one woman sport…”

“SOFTBALL : My sport, my game, my life”

“Softball goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance.”

“Don’t practice until you get it right…”

“If it were easy, they’d call it baseball.”

Funny Softball Quotes

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“What I love about the game (softball) is that the game doesn’t know who is supposed to win.” – Sue Enquist

“College softball each year reaches new levels of interest.” – Jennie Finch

“We have North Shore, Hawaii and Lost all there, so they have softball tournaments between the casts. It’s hilarious.” – Josh Holloway

“If I could make millions of dollars being a softball player, I would quit acting in a second.” – Danny Masterson

“When we’d play softball, I’d steal second base, feel guilty and go back.” – Woody Allen

“If ur dating a softball player raise ur hands, If ur NOT raise ur standards.”

“Softball is life with the volume turned up, how loud is your game, crank it up!”

“Boys Are Great: Every Girls Softball Team Needs A Waterboy.”

“Sweat dries, blood clots, bones heal, suck it up princess. This is softball.”

“Sometimes the only thing fair in life is a ball hit between first and third.”

“Your mom called. You left your game at home.”

“Your balls may be harder, but my balls are bigger.”

“The worst thing a coach can do is to develop a philosophy and spend their entire career defending that philosophy.”

“Some call them opponents; I call them victims.”

“Sometimes, the only thing fair in life is the hit between the foul lines. And sometimes that’s all you need.”

“A winner is that person who gets up one more time then he was knocked down.”

“If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out.” – George Brett

“Cinderella can have her glass slipper; this princess wears cleats.”

“I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time.” – Jennie Finch

Famous Softball Quotes

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“Once in a while, I played second base; once in a while, outfield. But those were just pickup games and softball leagues. So when I bought the Yankees, I tried to stay one pace ahead of the players.” – George Steinbrenner

“You spend your whole life gripping a softball, and you realise it been gripping you too.”

“When you dive into college softball, your life is changing dramatically, and you’ve got to be ready for that. It’s not easy, and it’s frustrating. And there’s a lot of HARD about it. Life needs to be hard in order for you to know how to be triumphant.” – Patty Gasso

“Softball is like love. First, you learn the rules of the game, and then you forget the rules and play from your heart.”

“By doing things when you are too tired, by pushing yourself farther than you thought you could — like running the track after a two-hour practice — you become a competitor. Each time you go beyond your perceived limit, you become mentally stronger.” – Pat Summitt

“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability; it was my mental ability.” – Bruce Jenne

“I want my team to be more detached from the wins and losses and be more focused on doing the little things well. When you focus on getting the win, it can suffocate you, especially during the playoffs when the pressure gets thick.” – Sue Enquist

“The winners in life constantly think in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” – Dennis Waitley

“The team with the best athletes doesn’t usually win. It’s the team with the athletes who play best together.” – Lisa Fernandez

“When you choose to be a competitor, you choose to be a survivor. When you choose to compete, you make the conscious decision to find out what your real limits are, not just what you think they are.” – Pat Summitt

“Every year, I make a commitment to try to beat myself. So whatever number I got or however many hits I got, I try to beat myself and become better.” – Alexxis “Chip” Bennett

“What you put into it is what you get out of it.” – Keilani Ricketts

“Play for the name on the front of your jersey, not the name on the back.”

“The road to becoming the best athlete you can include learning to let go of the things you can’t change.”

“Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organisation can have.” – Pat Summitt

“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King

“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

“We have to continue to grow to learn how to get to each and every player. If I can learn to communicate in different ways, then I can become a better coach to 23 players.” – Lonni Alameda

“Teamwork is really a form of trust. It’s what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realise that you won’t achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues.” – Pat Summitt

“A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.”

“One of the most awesome things about sports, particularly team sports, is that everything you need to do to be successful on the playing field carries over directly into life. In a team sport, you have to learn how to work together, to set goals, and then work toward those goals in a productive way. You learn to be responsible, and you learn how not only to be independent so you can support others.” – Sheila Cornell Douty

Inspirational Softball Quotes

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“The values learned on the playing field – how to set goals, endure, take criticism and risks, become team players, use our beliefs, stay healthy, and deal with stress – prepare us for life.” – Donna de Verona

“In softball, the softball gods giveth and the softball gods taketh away, but that evens out over the season.” – Yvette Girouard

“I played softball. I was on an all-star team. I travelled with the team. I loved it.” – Elizabeth Banks

“Four bases, three strikes, two teams, one winner. It’s not just a game, but a way of life. Softball, this is my destiny.”

“Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine! Softball is amazing that way as a sport. Everyone on the field has a slightly different ability that makes them perfect for their position.” – Jennie Finch

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” – Arthur Ashe

“You must sacrifice, train, and do everything possible to put yourself in a position to win. But if you consider second or third a failure, I feel sorry for you.”

“A true champion is someone who wants to make a difference, who never gives up, and who gives everything she has no matter what the circumstances are. A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams.” – Dot Richardson

“It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”

“Beating that team, no one thought you could is the best feeling ever.”

“To play against me, you gotta have guts. To play against my team, you gotta be nuts.”

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” – Joe Paterno

“My parents taught me a long time ago that you win in life with people, and that’s important because if you hang with winners, you stand a great chance of being a winner.” – Pat Summitt

“Once I step on that field all my stress, family problems and heartache go away…”

“I played softball. I was on an all-star team. I traveled with the team. I loved it.” – Elizabeth Banks

Motivational Softball Quotes

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“You spend your life gripping a softball, but in the end, it was the other way around the whole time.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time, we fall.”

“The strongest players are not always the team that wins, but the players who don’t give up when they lose.”

“In softball, it’s not how good you are, but how good you want to be.”

“Softball: Blood, sweat, and tears, and you still want more.”

“Softball player a girl who, once steps onto the field, is transformed from daddy’s little girl into a fierce, unrelenting competitor who will stop at nothing in order to win a game. Characteristically with dirt all across her face, ratted sweaty hair, bloody knees, and dirt-stained socks and uniform. She’s a diligent hard worker who knows the real meaning of teamwork, spirit and fearing nothing. Contradictorily she personifies all of this while she still wears cute, colour coordinated hair ribbons and sleeve straps.”

“Softball isn’t a one-woman sport; there are 11 other girls who become your sisters. And don’t forget that you win as a team and lose as a team.”

“I never taught my girls to play golf; they all played softball.” – Nancy Lopez

“I played softball for a few years growing up. Both my brothers played baseball.” – Maggie Lawson

“When I am working, it is up early and coffee and 15 hours of being on the set. When I am not working, it is up late and coffee, golf or softball and hopefully a ball game on the television.” – Mackenzie Astin

“(In softball) 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

“Although it is disappointing that softball was not reinstated into the Olympics, we are going to continue to keep growing the sport.” – Jennie Finch

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi

“Success is the peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made an effort to become the best of which you are capable.” – John Wooden

“You can make yourself miserable, or you can make yourself strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Andrea Duran

“I make my weaknesses my strengths and my strengths stronger.” – Lisa Fernandez

“Here’s how I’m going to beat you. I’m going to outwork you. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.” – Pat Summitt

“What success can’t be defined by what other people can do. It’s your success. You define it.”

“As teammates, we are always there for one another … everyone has everyone’s back.” – Whitney Barrett

“If you’re out there to look pretty then get off the field, it’s not about looking pretty it’s about sweat, practice, practice, practice, and then the slide into a home that wins you the game.”

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot…and I missed it. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.”

“I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.” – Mia Hamm

“It’s always about wanting to one-up me 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.”

“Don’t think you’re too good to sit and root for your team, be a team player.”

Softball Quotes For Pitchers

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“life’s a pitch, so take it for a ride.”

“I don’t know if there’s an actors’ slow-pitch softball league I could join. My agency has a team, but they say it would be a conflict of interest for the people they rep to play because I could hit a pop-up and they’d have to drop it on purpose.” – Miles Teller

“if you don’t play fast-pitch, don’t say you play softball.”

“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 defence.” – Mike Candrea

“Everybody knows that pitching and defence win championships. It’s all about defence. It’s that way in pretty much every sport. So if we can pitch and play defence, we have a chance at a championship. But you can also win quite a few games by hitting.” – Ehren Earleywine

“One pitch can be the difference between a win and a loss; an error could be the difference.” – Lisa Fernandez

“It’s (softball is) a game of making great pitches at the right time, being opportunistic by getting a run at the right time and playing good defence.” – Mike Candrea

“Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off, the right pitch will come and when it does be prepared to run the bases.” – Sara Ann Nielsen

“If you can pitch it. I can hit it. If you can hit it. I can catch it. If I were you, I’d turn around and go home.”

“Take it one pitch at a time. Take it one day at a time.” – Amanda Scarborough

“Softball is for everyone. Fast-pitch is for athletes.”

“That’s part of fastpitch softball, being able to move runners and execute the short game. It’s a very quick game. Sixty feet, you bobble it once, and these kids are going to be safe. You have to play quick, but you can’t be in a hurry.” – John Rittman

“I am a lefty, though I bat right-handed… When I was a kid, I pitched, played first, outfield and shortstop as well.”

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But when a pitcher hands you a changeup, smack it right down her throat.”

“Your body is not made to throw like we throw. That’s why you see softball pitchers pitching two or three games a day. It’s a natural movement in softball. In baseball, it’s not a natural movement.” – Jamie Moyer

“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 the pitcher and me. And more than anything, I want to win.” – Mary W

“When you’re in a slump, don’t lie down and take it. Remember: you’re a fighter.”

“Be ready for that curve ball, because you have no idea where it’s going. Not even the pitcher knows.”

Softball Quotes For Catchers

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“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You have to have one hand free to throw something back.”

“It’s not just any sport; it’s not just throwing a ball, hitting and running. I live with the cheering of my players while I’m up to bat. I live with the red stitches of the softball rubbing against my fingers when I snap my wrist and let it fly. I live with mistakes every day in it, and I love learning them. I live on the pitcher’s mound where I need complete confidence in my self. I live with snapping my wrist to the catcher and getting the batter out, a perfect strike. I live not only for my teammates but for my self. I live for fastpitch softball.” – K.M

“We want a catcher, not a back scratcher.”

“Fresh cut grass, dragged dirt, a 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.”

“Dream big and work hard. Play with passion and the sky is the limit. Fastpitch rocks!” – Jennie K.

Softball Quotes For Seniors

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“If you face a worthy opponent, acknowledge their skills and show them yours.”

“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

“It’s always about wanting to one-up me from the day before. There’s never an absolute 100 per cent performance, but going out and striving for that perfect performance is what keeps me going.” – Cat Osterman

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Giselle C.

“Softball isn’t a game it’s a way of life. We play because we love the game, not for our parents, our siblings, or to impress people by how far you.”

“To some Softball is a game; to others it’s Life.” – Jennie Finch

“I am now, and will always be me. But when it comes time to step out onto that field, I get a little more dedicated, a little more serious, and nobody stands in my way.” – Caitlin Sumpter

“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

“This game (softball) is a game of inches. Sometimes they are going to go our way, and sometimes they aren’t.” – Ashley Hansen

“I think that certain players are going to approach the game differently. I am more of a quiet person. I like to have more of a focused energy and internal energy whereas some people need to be bouncing off the walls to be ready for the game.” – Caitlin Lowe

“I grew up on the softball field. Every day I would take my glove and my bat with me.” – Yoenis Cespedes

Originally published October 9, 2019, updated February 9, 2021

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