what is the best way to line up the mid line? where is the mid line on the support leg?
is it the center of foot the ankle,or is it the center of the ball of the foot after you rotate or roll up on it ?
most of the mounds are terrible,they have a landing hole already made.
if the pitcher is normally standing a little off center of the rubber,but he hits the hollowed out hole he will be off. is that right?
should he adjust his support leg so he will be in line with home trying to stay somewhere in that low spot that is already their? if he doesn’t his foot will land on a slope that will cause a problem is that correct?
how should the pitcher set up on a terrible mound?
Measure the midline from the middle of the back foot.
As far as the mounds go, they’re terrible here where we play too. You either get the fake mounds that aren’t anatomically correct and about 3 feet too short or you get mounds with craters at the the landing spot. It’s been a real problem for my son. You spend all this time trying to help them learn pitching and then they go out on a mound and fall in a hole that changes their mechanics and it’s a huge mental distraction to boot.
I wouldn’t move my foot on the rubber to avoid a landing hole. That introduces other mechanical problems.
I really don’t have any good advice. I started carrying a bag of mound clay to the parks where I knew there would be bad mounds and try to fix it before the game, but that’s not always an option especially if it’s a tournament. I had a talk with my son and told him that unfortunately these bad mounds are reality and we had to deal with them the best we could and try and put it out of his mind. It seemed to help, but still…..
Great advice on dressing the mound with mound clay. Here’s a link by Little League for how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6y2S5MvmXs
Like you say, it’s not always an option, but the kids should get a decent mound as often as possible, if not only for the safety factor.
Nathan had to pitch off a wet muddy mound, landing was like being on the beach.
10 batters got hit in that game.
every pitcher hit at least one batter.
this was on one of the top college fields.
if I had been their something would have been done.I was out of town.
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