Wristbands have become increasingly popular in professional softball - especially in college-level games. These are called signal wristbands. Coaches use signal wristbands to give directives to the pitcher and the catches simultaneously.
The coach asks the pitcher to look at their wristband when they wish to issue a directive. This tells the pitcher what pitch to throw. As the catcher also has a synchronized wristband, the pitcher and the catcher are on the same page.
The signal from the wristband must be taken while standing before the pitching rubber.
These are usually made from plastic or rubber and come in various colors and styles. They can be worn by yourself or as part of a team uniform.
Though signal wristbands sound quite advantageous, they certainly have their fair share of disadvantages.
- They lengthen the game because waiting for signals before every pitch makes each throw longer.
- Receiving signals from the coach makes it harder for the pitcher to get into a natural rhythm.
- This also means that the pitcher and the catcher cannot make a bond and visual understanding between them.
Some argue that signal wristbands might be taking something away from the sport of softball.
Signal wristbands help players in softball
The wristbands that softball players wear are today one of the most critical aspects of the game. They signal the pitcher and catcher when they are on or off base and also help determine fair/foul balls.
The primary wristband is made of plastic and measures 5-1/2 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 1/4 inch thick. It has a Velcro closure on one end, which fastens around the wrist of the player wearing it. The other end of this same band contains three holes in which three colored plastic pins are inserted. Each pin has a letter printed on it that corresponds to where it is located along the length of the band.
Each player must have an identical set of wristbands for this system to work correctly. Each team will provide these items with its uniform so each player can get one collection per season - about four sets per team for 16 players. The cost for this equipment may vary from team to team depending on how many sets they need and how many people are involved in purchasing them.
About wristbands and their types
There are two main types of softball wristbands:
The first type is a reflective wristband. The bands contain light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that glow when they hit the ball so that a player can always see the ball. This type of band does not require batteries, so it will work for many years without needing to be replaced.
The other type of softball wristband is an infrared (IR) wristband. IR wristbands use invisible light waves instead of visible ones like those in reflective bands. The IR bands send out small amounts of infrared energy, which can be detected by sensors on a player’s uniform or glove sleeve.
Softball players and coaches need to identify each other on the field quickly. This is especially important when one team is batting, and the other is pitching. The wristband you wear on your left wrist is a great way to do this.
Wristbands can also help players coordinate their defensive strategies when playing defense at home. They can tell who’s in or out of the game, so there will be less confusion for everyone involved.
Softball players can also wear wristbands to help them know when to throw the ball and where to run.