I’m starting a completely different thread using the following post from Coach Baker because I didn’t’ want to disturb the thought in the other thread, but wanted to discuss a subject I agree must be one of the most neglected aspects in amateur baseball.
I honestly don’t know how much impact mounds have on soreness, but I don’t think there should be any doubt as to their effect on the pitchers using them. And what never ceases to amaze me, is the depth of the lack of the most simple understanding of the rules about mounds by not just fans, but by so many amateur coaches, players, their parents, the umpires, and administrators as well.
Here’s one reason. Although to someone who’s set up lots of mounds, its fairly easy to spot one that’s incorrectly set up, for most people its difficult because the measurements being dealt with are so small. FI, if the length between any two or all bases were off by just 10%, it would be immediately obvious to everyone because 10’ would really be noticeable. Plus, once base pegs are set, its pretty unusual for them to change.
But, on the big field, 10% of a mound height is only an inch in height, or 6/10ths of an inch in 6’ of slope, and that slope is changing with every pitch. IOW, its just very difficult to notice without using some kind of measuring device, and that could run from a laser level to one of these beauties. http://www.thefind.com/garden/info-mound-slope-gauge Personally, I’ve had a lot of good luck using 2 metal stakes, a hammer, 100’ of line, a line level, and a measuring tape to at least get mounds very close to the rule requirements.
But the real problem isn’t actually making the mound comply with the rules, its making administrators, coaches and umpires understand how important a factor it is in how the game is played. You can walk into any bullpen or any game mound and know very quickly whether or not the people in charge understand the importance of a mound.