1) my base initial velocity speed was acquired using a stop watch while watching a video of Andy pitching in The Series.
I understand this was not completely accurate but it was what I had available to try to set the initial release speed for COOP and I to look at.
*according to my “study” it took an average of >1.5 seconds for the ball to reach the hitting zone.
* I used 44 feet as my pitching/struck ball distance, and yes, it’s probably just a little more then that but I kept the standard distance throughout my evaluation.
44 feet was used because with a pitcher on the front of a rubber and the batter in front of the box I “guessed” that was about the distance... please understand..this is just a ball park get the discussion started evaluation from a guy with one semester of physics.
For an actual mathematical valuation..I do know...MPH is equal to 1.47 FPS (feet per second).
For a ball to travel that distance it would need to average 30 x 1.47 which equals 44.1 feet... so that’s where I got 30 MPH.
again..this is a ball park distance calculation and it could easily be much more accurate with on field measurement but..these precise measurement results while being much more precise will have ZERO sway in whether there is more or less reaction time if you pitch a legal usssa pitch from a floating rubber box of 50-56 feet from home plate.
I used to same numbers to figure what initial pitch velocity would have to be at 55 feet.
Please understand..I have no doubt my initial evaluation has flaws..it was done as an introduction to a debate/study on cause and effect that I was in hopes would start a discussion with Coop or any of his many influential softball friends that are spewing this, what I call Donny jr, crap.
My numbers do not reflect values I have unsubstantiated numbers on.. such as edit speed deflection (trampoline effect) of a legal carbon bat.
Don jr started this crap years ago...Don/COOP perpetuated it in a post towards me on this site a short time ago... and he even said he would engage me in it..a study it sounds like they used was even mentioned...all I have tried to do is get COOP to have our little talk out in the open on the old scout..AND..to share this study they keep (both Dons and other so called elites) referring to.
You see..it is my belief... this theory holds no water and is just a weak way to end debate on this valuable tool of increasing pitcher safety...