Adam Folkard’s International Career Hangs in Balance
The Australian Capital Territory native is widely considered one of the top players in men’s fast-pitch softball, yet his international career may be in jeopardy due to rule changes that have limited his effectiveness.
He spends three months of each year playing in North America for a team that regularly makes it into the playoffs.
Early Life and Education
Adam Folkard is an extraordinary pitcher who represents Australia on their men’s national softball team. Using a technique called crow hopping, his unique delivery allows him to strike out batters in ways other pitchers cannot. While Folkard has developed into one of the best pitchers worldwide, his international representation has come with high costs; according to himself and club teammate Norton it cost them over $15,000 just for Folkard to travel alone to an event in Argentina last year! To finance their softball careers both work as tradesmen to support their careers on softball teams like this.
Adam Folkard has been playing professional softball since he was eight or nine. He has traveled all around America where the game is more professional, as well as currently joining an established side in his area.
Folkard has represented Australia at the World Championship, one of the premier men’s competitions available today. Twice his national team has triumphed, with Nick Norton being an integral member.
Folkard and his international careers may be put at risk due to changes to baseball’s rules regarding pitchers. New rules prohibit them from concealing their delivery from batters – something key to Folkard’s dominance on the mound. With his success being severely limited due to this new regulation, these changes could halt his international career; or force him into changing names altogether.
Achievement and Honors
Folkard hails from Halton Hills, Ontario and boasts one of the greatest records in ISC World Tournament history. He and Kirkpatrick currently share 39 wins at this tournament each.
Folkard guided his Hill United Chiefs team to victory against New York Gremlins with a score of 5-0 in the 2009 ISC World Tournament final, pitching a no-hitter against Bombers with Nicolas Carril and Scott Boland providing offence for them.
Folkard has not only boasted an outstanding World Tournament record but has also garnered one of the highest individual honors in ISC men’s fastpitch with five Leroy Zimmerman Awards for being tournament’s most outstanding pitcher – joining Kirkpatrick and Paul Algar.
Folkard and Norton both work as tradesmen to cover travel and other expenses associated with their sport, which receives limited financial support from Australia’s national government; players must cover these costs themselves when participating in international tournaments.
Folkard and Norton have traveled to the US in order to take advantage of greater opportunities than those available to them in Australia. Both men have competed at the highest levels of men’s softball – even competing in an international tournament where they played against each other!
Folkard made history at this competition when he became the youngest ever pitcher to reach 100 saves by overthrowing Venezuelan Francisco Rodriguez and winning the tournament, prompting the International Swimming Federation (ISF) to alter pitching rules as a result of his dominance.
Adam Folkard is an up-and-coming star in Australia’s men’s program and will compete in the Pacific Series next week. He recently overtook Francisco Rodriguez by becoming the youngest pitcher ever to record 100 saves.
As a member of the national team, he receives minimal financial support; thus requiring him to cover travel costs for international tournaments by himself; according to his father, this may prove prohibitively expensive.
Folkard remains private about his personal life, refusing to discuss net worth or other details publicly. He and his brother both work as tradesmen to fund their softball activities; both also take part in the ACT territory club competition together.