Personally, I don't care if the arc is 12 feet, we used that forever and when we had the mat down Weirman, we had a mat for a 12 foot arc. I still have one in my garage and it is at least 12-18 inches shorter in length. With a 12 foot arc now and the mat as long as it is, with a 1-1 count, you are going to have people swinging at pitches with a tomahawk motion or more vertical type swing and the only place that ball goes is straight back to where it came from.
Not everybody in this league can be gifted enough to hit any pitched ball to any spot on the field. Many have no idea where they are hitting. Now add 2 more feet to the height and that number is raised a lot. Hell, I would rather see an 8 foot arc and then just about everybody can hit where they want to hit (or at least think they can). Nobody is going to aim at a pitcher, maybe to his barehand side or a little over his head.
If pitchers want the 12 foot arc, then flare the mat our to the side more to account for pitchers that throw from the side of the rubber and has pitches come across the plate and then hit the ground only to not be a strike, when any ump in the world knows it is, but did not hit the mat. Do this and shorten the mat so as you said a 12 foot perfect arc hits the back of the mat and no where on this planet will any ump call it a strike, because its way over the batter's head.
Prior to 1976, the ASA Arc was 3-10 feet from the point of release. The pitchers mound was 46 feet from home plate also. Then in 1976, the arc was made unlimited in ASA. Pitchers got drilled. In 1977, ASA changed it to 6-12 foot from the ground (which was very close to 3-10 from point of release anyway, but made it consistent as each pitcher had a different point of release).
12 years later, ASA moved the mound back to 50 feet. Made a difference. Then, starting in 2010, these organizations started tinkering with stuff. letting pitchers pitch from 55 feet. Seniors, starting in 2017 can now pitch from 60 feet. And we have a 6-12 foot arc. That 12 foot arc now has become hard to reach as you have to actually throw the ball with some velocity to reach home plate, so a pitched ball went from 23-25 mph up to close to 30 mph. This means a batted ball exit speed has jumped up two-fold. All this crap of trying to make things safer for the pitcher seem to backfire.
Make a compromise, let the pitchers decide what arc they want, then let the batters decide what kind of mat they want. We all know at states, a 10 foot arc (if it isn't called illegal), better land less then six inches behind the plate or its going to be called deep.). Or even give the batters a choice of leaving the mat as is and going back to a full count.
You know I don't play much in Norristown, I enjoy coaching, so whatever you guys decide, is fine with me. All I did was speak my mind and state my opinion. Ultimately, the vote was to raise the arc and that's what we will do. Hey, you remember I pitched through the 90s with Blue/Gold Dots and double wall bats and I got hit more times than I want to remember. And I always wished that all these guys that drilled the middle, just pitch one game and they will know how it feels. But its your league. you guys do what you want ..... respectfully, Steve
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