In order to be successful, pitchers need to be completely focused from start to finish. This begins with the setup of the pitch. The setup is how the pitcher presents themselves on the mound with the ball.
“It is important for the pitcher to keep their setup simple, not trying to do too much or exert any unnecessary energy,” former professional softball player Jessica Vogel says.
HOW TO POSITION YOURSELF ON THE MOUND
The setup begins when you place both of your feet on the mound. You should center your body on the mound, not shifted too far right or too far left.
Both of your feet should be in contact with the rubber at all times. If your back foot becomes disconnected, it can be an illegal pitch.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PITCH
Once you’re comfortable on the mound, it is time to begin your pitch. To start, the ball will be in your glove. This way, you are not giving away your grips to the hitter in advance. Protecting your grip makes it harder for them to predict the upcoming pitch.
Next, gather your momentum in your arms and legs to begin your arm swing and leg drive. This will send your momentum forward.
TEST FOR BALANCE
One way for coaches to check the body positioning of a pitcher on the mound is to give them a slight shove. If a pitcher’s feet are too close together or too far apart, it will be hard for them to maintain their balance.
A pitcher with good feet placement will be able to keep a solid, upright position.