Saturday July 24th, 2021

Mark Holstein


Mark Holstein

USSSA Playing History

Why do you like the game of softball?
What is there not to like… Everything from the traveling and hanging with the team, playing at an extremely competitive level, and to get to play at some of the complex's we do.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I don't think I can single out one, but I have seen many great players

What position do you play?
I've played 1B, but also play C/EH

What is your nickname?
On the 12 inch field, I don't really have one, but in the 16 inch world "Big Marky"

Where do you call home?
St Charles IL, which is a suburb about 50 miles west of Chicago

What do you do for a living?
High School Teacher and Strength Coach at Montini Catholic High School and Underground Training Specialist.   I also train High Students and myself for Strong Man Competitions

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Wrestle and played Baseball in High School
Played Baseball in college at Saint Xavier

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I've played 16 inch softball in Chicago for a team owned by Miller Lite where we won 12 worlds in 8 years.(two a summer) I've always dabbled in 12 inch, but this past summer was the first summer I played 12 full time.  The upper level competition is unparalleled and provides a challenge every time I step on the field.

What batting grip do you use?  What ounce bat?  What was your favorite bat of alltime?
Bat type??? I'll swing anything… I swing a 28 oz end load and use the top hand drop grip!

What is your favorite sports team?
I'm not a die hard fan of a single team, but I am a fan of all the Chicago teams

What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Wrestling… I am the Strength Coach and Heavy Weight Coach… My team has won 8 State Championships in the last 10 years!  We have been nationally ranked as a team, best being a #4 ranking a couple years ago.  I have also worked with many collegiate wrestlers and up and coming MMA fighters.  My website is

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
No, I believe superstitions dont exist. lol You create you own luck…

What is your most memorable softball moment?
Stepping onto the Stadium field at the USSSA head quarters and the Disney Stadium as well

Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?
I think it is both… It is a sport with regards to upper level competition, but a game in the fact that we PLAY the game with the awesome enthusiasm of a little league ball player.

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I'm still new to the game… I have enjoyed ever bit of playing at this level thus far

What is your favorite non-World tournament?
The Dudley… Although I hear the Smokey is pretty awesome too.   I will have the opportunity to play there for the first time in the summer of 2011

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