Athalonz unveiled their RFP mounds at the 2016 ABCA convention in Nashville. The most realistic and advanced portable pitching mound currently available, the RFP mound allows players to experience a true game simulation. MLB coach Ty Van Burkleo met with attendees at the Athalonz booth and allowed individuals to test RFP mounds with real mounds clay in the booth. Those who did so found the — practice mound offers numerous benefits over its competitors.
"Traditional pitching mounds feature either a turf-covered or plastic surface, thus players aren't expected to wear cleats. As a result, they aren't getting the same feel and grip they will experience during a game. Pitchers find their feet get the proper amount of grip and give and they are free to land, pivot and drive when the Athalonz practice pitchers mound is used," Nathan Perry, spokesperson for Athalonz, LLC, announces.
When players use RFP mounds, they wear spikes during practice and find there is less risk of slipping during the pitch. The pitcher finds they are able to push off on dirt and land on dirt also, and the mound promotes proper pitching mechanics and safety. In addition, less stress is placed on the arm, as the front leg is able to serve as the proper pivot point for each pitch.
"Nine pitchers in the MLB currently make more than nine figures, according to their contracts. In 2011, C.C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees renegotiated his contract and he now makes an average of $23.4 million each year. Zach Greinke of the Dodgers is currently testing free agency and is expected to sign a contract worth more than his previous one, which came in at $147 million over six years. Teams need to protect their investment in these and all players and ensure they aren't injured, whenever possible. RFP Mounds help teams achieve this goal," Perry continues.
RFP Mounds are cost effective, provide a more consistent pitching surface and are virtually maintenance free. Two people can easily transport the mound to a new location, depending on the needs of the team, and the mounds have been designed to MLB specifications. In addition, the mounds can be set up or torn down quickly.
"Learn more about RFP mounds today, as they may be exactly what a team needs to improve their pitching staff. Any baseball team, from Little League on up, should consider this option, as baseball is meant to be fun. Injuries that are unnecessary may lead a person to leave the game forever, and this should never happen when an injury can be prevented. The mounds are designed to protect players while allowing them to get the practice they need," Perry declares.
About Athalonz, LLC:
Headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, Athalonz was founded by a diverse group of experts united in their love of baseball and their passion for innovation. Lead by Engineer Tim Markison, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Preston Wolin, Sports Scientist Gary McCoy, and joined by Major League Baseball coaches Don Wakamatsu and Ty Van Burkleo, Athalonz focuses on creating breakthrough advances in Sports Science Technology.
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