Stops pitchers from overstriding.
- Place a pad in front of the mound, roughly 90% of the pitcher’s height away from the rubber. (this is the ideal stride length – though some pitchers may stride up to 100% of their height)
How it Works
- Coach tells pitcher “Do not touch the pad.”
- Pitcher stands on rubber and goes through normal pitching motion, keeping his stride foot off the pad.
- He continues until coach says, “Stop.”
- Another way to get a pitcher to shorten his stride is to have him point the toes on his front foot toward the ground.
- The pad can also be used to prevent a pitcher from opening op too much.