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06/04/2018, 5:15am PDT
By Tom Mauldin

The ninth year of Fastpitch Northwest Prospect Evaluation Camps gets underway June 12 in Idaho and ends the first week of July in Oregon and Washington and offers a grand opportunity for want-to-be college softball players to take that first step in playing at the next level.

The Fastpitch Northwest motto is reaching the next level one player at a time.

Over the last eight years, Fastpitch Northwest has helped hundreds of student athletes get an opportunity to play at the next level.

The Player Evaluation Camps are the first step in “auditioning” in front of dozens of coaches who will attend Fastpitch Norhtwest’s College Exposure Tournament to be held in Centralia, Wash., July 24-26.

PECs are focused on incoming high school freshmen to incoming seniors, thus the 2018 PEC season is a great opportunity for players who will graduate from high school in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. And on a few occasions, incoming eighth graders (2023 high school graduates) have received special invitations.

Prospective players are required to be recommended by a club or high school or by a member 

of the Fastpitch Northwest evaluation teams, headed by Fastpitch Northwest director Ken Olson and assistant Tom Mauldin.

“I am really excited to get our ninth season underway,” said Olson. “We are going to have another great year of college softball recruiting.”

Once recommended, players will be invited to a PEC where their abilities will be evaluated during a five-to-six-hour evaluation clinic.

At the evaluation clinics, testing skills will include National Fastpitch Coaches Association and SPARQ comparatives.

SPARQ includes Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness. The tests include an electronic vertical jump, a Powerball throw, a 10-yard shuttle and a 20-yard on grass sprint.

The NFCA comparatives include throwing speed (from infield and outfield), home to first and home to time times and bat to ball exit speed. Catchers are also clocked for their “pop to pop” throws from home to second. Pitchers will have each pitch speed recorded.

In addition to the two testing protocols, players are also evaluated on fielding, hitting and hustle.

Players who show well are invited to the late July tournament where they will be assigned to a team and over three days play up to five games.

Fastpitch Northwest players also receive a Player Profile on the Fastpitch NW website which can be viewed by any coach in the U.S. The Player Profiles not only include their PEC testing marks, but also their contact information, grade point average, high school and club team contacts.

“Fastpitch Northwest is one of the most valuable recruiting opportunities for college coaches,” said Ray Moffitt, dean of Northwest college coaches. “It gives us an opportunity to get in dugouts with the players, meet parents and answer questions up close and personal. The tournament is a must for college coaches.”

Moffitt, who has coached for more than 50 years, noted that Player Profiles and getting evaluated are critical in the recruiting process.

“It’s great to see how players improve from year to year and grow into legitimate recruitable prospects,” said Moffitt. 

In addition to getting noticed by college coaches, many players say the best part of the College Exposure Tournament is making new friends.

To join one of our camps, email coach Olson at for information on the simple process.  

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