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Re: Pitcher Safety
Posted by Cameron on November 24, 2019, 10:08 am, in reply to "Pitcher Safety
As was mentioned at the convention for the same legalities that bring in the conversation for a mandated helmet for pitchers. Once an association mandates the use of a helmet, then they must be able to recommend one rated to take the blow of a softball hit at 120+ mph. There are companies working on it but associations at this point aren't able to Say you should use a particular mask or helmet. On the 53 foot rubber as also was mentioned 2 points. A study done by Toyota showed that by backing up 3 feet in the USSSA pitching format a pitcher would need to throw the ball faster to maintain the flatter strike. This in return creates a higher exit velocity from the hitter. The distance change doesn't compensate for the reaction time gained. If a pitcher feels safer 3 feet farther back than he/she should toe the back of the rubber with the lead foot rather that the front with the plant foot. A floating rubber also creates a lesser reaction time because of the body being in motion. Your best bet to avoid being hit obviously is don't play. But if you choose to pitch, then pitch and become stationary in a fielders position ready to field the ball. Pitchers good pitchers that try to break into and covering a hole left by defensive positioning are typically the ones that get hit most often.