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How to Conduct the Perfect Mound Visit

Know the Point of the Meeting
Master Your Body Language
Time Your Visits Carefully
Never Disrespect an Umpire
The Words You Say Matter
The Weirdest Mound Visit

Master Your Body Language

Master Your Body Language

How fast you walk to the mound makes a difference.  Body language speaks volumes to your players. In the course of communicating, body language makes up over half of the equation at 55%, tone comes in next at 38% and only 7% of what is communicated is words.  Think about the body language that you possess before you take a mound visit and the tone at which you yell for “Time!” before walking out.  Think about the expression you have on your face while walking towards the pitcher, it all matters.  

Another tool to be used with mound visit is a signal to the bullpen.  If a pitching coach chooses to take his time and becomes more deliberate in the steps he takes, this can let the bullpen know to speed up and that help is needed sooner rather than later.  On the other hand, if a pitching coach pops out with some energy and uses a slight jog until about halfway to the mound, where he then walks the rest of the way, this lets the bullpen know that it’s just a quick game plan reminder or mechanical adjustment and they can prepare without rushing.

The way you walk to the mound already sets a frame to the situation and reason for the meeting. Make sure the way you present yourself allows the athlete to feel safe and a place he can relax, breathe, and be honest with you. If you are rushed and panicked, then you only present the athlete with the option of being rushed and panicked as well. The speed at which you walk will speak loudly to the confidence of the entire team.