Most high school (and many college-level) pitchers don’t have the knowledge of what to do in order to properly prepare for a start on the mound come game-day. But, this knowledge could mean the difference between feeling “okay” and feeling “great”, having a short outing and making a quality start, getting an injury and preventing injury, or a subpar performance and performing at the top of your game.
That is where I am coming in to help. Recently, on The 6-Tool Player I posted an article called “The Complete Pre-Game Routine”, which discusses, in its entirety, the pre-game routine that I personally use with Scott Moss at DeLand High School.
Scott is a 6’6″, 205 lbs. senior left-handed pitcher who is signed to play with the University of Florida this fall. With a fastball topping out at 94 mph, Moss could possibly be a high-round draft choice in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft. On top of his tangibles, Scott’s work-ethic and impeccable pre-game routine has also made an impression on scouts and coaches alike.
His routine begins almost an hour and a half prior to first pitch, and includes foam-rolling, manual stretching, multiple sets of dynamic warm-ups, a shoulder warm-up, medicine ball explosive drills, and finally throwing and the bullpen.