Once the pitcher is set, new restrictions apply: in the set position [ 5.07 (a) (2) ], the swivel foot is on or in front of the pitch rubber and is completely in contact with it. The free foot is located next to the swivel foot on the side of the original plate. Instead of pointing at the original plate (as in the winding position), the pitcher points in the general direction of third base (if right-handed) or first base (if left-handed). Important: It is important that you look at the feet of the pitcher on each field as he engages the rubber, and that you mentally note the position of throwing – curling or sitting. His position as a thrower influences what he is allowed to do and what actions can lead to a backflow or illegal ground. The photos below show two arrangements of the feet of the jug in the winding position, both completely legal. The red dotted line represents the front of the pitch rubber. Here are two pictures of jugs in a legal position. The photo on the left shows a left-handed pitcher and shows how the set position helps keep a runner on base. In both photos, however, you can see the swivel foot touching and parallel to the rubber and the free foot in front of it. Below are two more examples of feet in the winding position.
The image on the left shows the classic structure. The image on the right is also legal and is perhaps the most common arrangement you`ll see, with both feet in front of the rubber and just touching. Pitchers usually change to the designated position when runners are on base and there is a risk of theft. That`s because the position set gives the pitcher more options to pick up basic runners. However, launchers also use the position set in non-flying situations, as it offers simpler and more compact movement. This is especially true for youth leagues. First, let`s go over a very important point that we covered in our article The Pitcher. When the pitcher has activated (touched) his rotation foot, he is usually a pitcher; When his feet are not connected to the rubber, he is simply another outfield player among nine outfield players.
Take a look at the two photos below. Note the position of the feet. These two photos show examples of legal settlement positions. The photo on the right shows the jug taking signs from the receiver; In a moment, he will bring his hands together (as you can see on the left) before delivering the pitch. Figure 4. Two views on legal foot positions overall However, the High School Federation (NFHS) does not allow the hybrid position and has focused in recent years on a backhand (with riders on base) or illegal terrain when a field is delivered from the hybrid position. The defined position is also called deformation. This is not technically correct, but it has nevertheless become a common usage.
In fact, “stretching” is a movement that a thrower makes when pitching from the fixed position; It is this movement when the jug leans against the receiver`s taking signs before straightening up and coming completely adjusted. We`ll see in a moment. In the winding position, the launcher must face the original plate, its swivel foot coming into contact with the rubber while its free foot is on or behind a line extending through the front edge of the pitch rubber. Both feet must face the original plate. On the often imperfect ball fields where amateurs play, the condition of the pitcher`s mound is often quite poor, usually with a deep hole in front of the rubber. The one shown here is worse than most, but you get the idea. There are two legal pitch positions – the winding position [ 5.07 (a) (1) ] and the defined position [ 5.07 (a) (2) ]. What distinguishes the two is the position of the pitcher`s feet when he activates the pitching rubber before putting the field back on the playing field.
There are three critical points in determining the legal positions of the foot as a whole: What makes feet illegal in the set position is when the swivel foot is on the outside of the pitch rubber – either to the left or right of the red line that marks the edges of the rubber. You can see it in the images below. Note that in the image on the right, the free foot is also outside the rubber edge, but this is not the problem. The position of the swivel foot, not the free foot, makes the position illegal. A step from the winding position begins with a first step with the free foot on the side or behind the rubber. Both applications are admissible. What is important, however, is that once the movement begins, it must be completed in a single continuous movement. The jug can neither hesitate nor stop. If he has runners on base, he can`t throw on a base once he has started his throwing move.
He has to deliver the pitch, or it`s a setback. Now let`s look at the arrangement of the feet, which are not legal for the settlement position. Again, it`s all about feet and red lines. In both illustrations, the swivel foot is correctly positioned in contact with the rubber. However, in both cases, the free foot is completely in front of the rubber and is not in contact with it. In the example on the right, it doesn`t matter if the free foot is located on the side of the rubber. What makes the position illegal is that the free foot is behind the front of the rubber. The feet should also be directed more towards the original plate. In the photo below, the jug is just starting to come out of the winding position. This is important because the special rules for pitchers only apply when it is occupied with the rubber (if it is “technically” a pitcher).
If the jug comes off, these restrictions no longer apply. In these fields, a pitcher can only take the winding position by positioning itself in the hole in front of the rubber. There should be no daylight between the back of the foot and the front of the rubber, but sometimes there is a strip of light. Let go. Installation is legal. The settlement position usually imposes specific requirements on the launcher: you can be sure that your legal affairs will be taken seriously, and if litigation is necessary, we will represent you aggressively. First, the liquidation position imposes limits on the legal measures the pitcher can take, making it difficult to keep runners on their bases. Second, the pitch movement to the plate takes longer than the set position, which would give a baserunner an advantage when flying. The winding position is therefore a handicap with the riders on the base.
Important: The terms “swivel foot” and “free foot” are important. The swivel base corresponds to the maneuverability of a jug. That is, the pivotal foot of a right-handed pitcher is his right foot; For left-handers, the swivel foot is the left foot. Here is a five-second video showing pitching from the ascent position. We pride ourselves on our ability to find unique solutions to achieve the results you deserve. Important: Pitchers must have possession of the ball when touching or stretching the rubber too much. If they don`t, you have a setback. Pitchers usually learn to hold the ball in their hands, but it is allowed to have it in the glove. When the ball is in their hand, it must be by their side or behind them, as you can see in the photos below.
Here`s an overview of the hybrid configuration. The problem is not the position of the free foot; The problem lies rather in the position of the swivel foot – it is connected to the rubber, but is not completely in contact with the rubber and is not parallel to the rubber.