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Discussion: Pitchers stance and ball presentation

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Sept. 5, 2020
6 posts
Pitchers stance and ball presentation
Two questions I have:
1) It is my understanding that A pitcher is supposed to pause for one second and present the ball with either one hand or both hands. Does the pitcher actually have to show the batter the ball before he pitches or does the fact that he has paused with the ball in his mitt satisfy this condition before he pitches the ball?

2) Our league has a rule that a pitcher may stand up to ten feet behind the mound to pitch. My question is: once I have satisfied the ball presentation rule, can I take one or more steps forward before I release my pitch, as long as I stay in line with the rubber and the plate?
Sept. 5, 2020
1082 posts
1) yes once the pitcher receives the ball from the catcher he must pause 1 second with the ball in front of his body before delivery ... no he does not have to show the ball during his pause..

2) the pitcher has a 2'X10' pitchers box and must have at least 1 foot in the box upon release of the ball.. he is allowed only 1 step in any direction after he takes his set position

Sept. 6, 2020
Men's 70
65 posts
B.J., maybe I'm misreading the rule. I read it to say the pitcher's "pivot" foot has to remain in, or in contact with, the pitcher's box -- not just "at least one foot".

E. The pivot foot must remain in contact with the pitcher's box until the pitched ball leaves the hand. If a step is taken, it can be forward, backward, or to the side, provided the pivot foot is in contact with the pitcher's box and the step is simultaneous with the release of the ball.
Sept. 6, 2020
1082 posts
yes it is the pivot foot..
Sept. 7, 2020
6 posts
Thanks guys.
Always appreciate your input.
Sept. 7, 2020
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
Berger, consider the pitching box as the rubber, and you'll be fine

joebodyman, as in baseball when pitching from the set position, you just need a short pause before going home.
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