So you just bought a brand new softball pitching machine or are at least thinking about doing so.  You’re probably going to want some accessories to go with it to make your practicing more effective and fun!  Here are some popular accessories that people often purchase along with their new machine.  As a side note I have checked and I found the best prices on these accessories at the Baseball Warehouse website.

Ball Feeder: If your softball pitching machine doesn’t already come with a large ball feeder, you probably want to consider buying one.  If you are practicing by yourself, it will get really annoying having to pick up the balls you just hit after only 10 swings.

Cover: You payed hundreds of dollars to buy a new pitching machine.  It would probably be a good idea to spend around $30-90 dollars more to protect it.

Remote Control: Some machines will have an option to hook up a remote control to it.  If you want to be able to control pitch speed, movement, etc. from the plate, make sure to check if the machine you are buying has this feature and if the remote comes with it or not.

Portable Generator: If your machine needs to be plugged in constantly to run, depending on where you plan to use it you may want a portable generator.  Make sure you have a powerful enough one to run your machine.

Transport Cart: Some pitching machines can get pretty heavy, and if you want to be able to move it, your best option would be to purchase a transport cart to make movement a breeze.

Hitting Screen: If you don’t have a batting cage or backstop to use, you will want to purchase a hitting screen.  It will make your life so much easier when you don’t have to go chasing every ball that you miss.

Softballs: This may seem a little obvious, but to use your machine to practice, you will need more than one or two softballs.  Consider buying a bucket of 50-100 softballs so you don’t have to pick up all the balls as often.

Don't have a softball pitching machine yet?  If you would like to learn more about how to choose a softball pitching machine please click the link to go to my article on that subject.