My son Sean, age 12, 5’4″ 95lbs
Max speed: 48mph
Sean has been playing in city youth rec league for the past 4 years. We are now in the process of moving him into a competitive 13U AAA team. I have been instructing him in Momentum pitching, he is now begining to analyze his own videos 🙂
Has been playing on fields with flat mounds, the new league also has flat mounds with a couple of exceptions. My question is would it make sense to build a practice mound for him?
I will be posting a video after his game this Saturday.
Dick, thank you for your instruction, it has been a great help!
At some point he will have to throw from a mound. You want his body to understand that different feeling and how it affects his mechanics.
Whatever you build make sure it is long enough.
Here are the directions on building a mound that I got from an acquaintance who is the grounds keeper for our local AA minor league team. Hope it helps.
The easiest way is to get some blocks and make a perimeter for the mound. This will save on dirt and help out on upkeep. The blocks should come up to a height of around 12 inches, with a mound height of 10 inches. Retaining blocks should be three feet behind the rubber and sides to whatever is needed. With the slope in front of the rubber- measure out 18 inches in front of the rubber, this will be flat. From the 18 inches start to drop the mound 1 inch for every foot. Six feet out will be six inches lower that the first measurement. An easy way to do this is to mark measurements on a board every foot and mark it. Put a level on top of board and start the slope, making sure you start the slope 18″ from the front of rubber. Make sure to measure from the bottom of the board. Most soil around here will have enough clay to bind everything together. You might pick up some clay from a building project to put in around the rubber and landing area.
Thanks for the mound specs
I have had a mound in our back yard the past 5 years. It’s the 2nd best pitching investment I’ve made for David. You’re ensuring that your son has the best surface, which you maintain and control, to learn pitching from.
<p>Update: Over the holiday weekend Sean and I built a regulation mound in our back yard. Our bull pen in almost complete, just need to add lights and level out the home plate area.</p> <p>I have been using All Sports Systems Motion View Software, I have 2 webcams and a new Dell Inspiron laptop. Sean is now able to do analysis, and does his own, with my oversight. We have been studying pitching together since he was 9 with Dick’s materials.</p> <p>I have started analyzing and coaching other youth pitchers from Sean’s fall league team. Sean works with me in working with his teammates. </p> <p>It has been amazing to me, but not unexpected that most coaches are cold to video analysis.</p> <p>Now I feel like a real Pitching Rebel. 8-)</p> <p>Patrick</p>
We moved into a new house last summer, this last weekend we staked out our new bullpen area and soaked the areas with round up. We have sourced Turface product locally and will be building a new mound over the coming weeks.
Awesome. Turface is a great product. Did you get the bricks or the bags? Bricks are faster but they only sell them by the crate…which is ok if you are building a full sized mound and have a truck to haul it 😉
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