2022 went to a showcase with one of the large national showcase companies. He is a PO so we were only there to pitch. The venue was a brand new private all turf field, including an all turf mound. We were told no spikes at check in which is ok, not optimal but ok.
As the catcher's finished up and they started to set up for the pitchers to throw on the field I noticed the mound was covered with one of those heavy mats like you often see protecting the batter's box during BP. For those not familiar, about an inch of heavy foam rubber with turf glued on the top. It was longer and narrower than a hitting mat and and it stretched from the rubber to the point where the brown mound turf met the green infield turf. After the pitchers started to take the mound and throw, the staff had to constantly adjust the mat as it was sliding down the mound under the kids feet. This effected some kids more than others, the bigger kids that were throwing hard looked to have the most issues.
My son said when he took the mound the mat was pulled up and covering the rubber except for about an a one inch strip of the back side of the rubber. So he was basically just pitching off a lumpy piece of turf. After his 15 or 20 throws the mat had slid down toward home enough to expose the entire width of the rubber and several inches of turf between the edge of the mat and the rubber.
So through his alotted pitches the conditions varied from:
1. Pitching off a raised mat covering the rubber.
2. Rubber exposed but standing on a raised mat in front of but taller than the rubber.
3. Increasing distance between the raised mat and rubber but not enough room for his foot on the mound.
4. Finally on his last couple of pitches standing on the actual mound toeing the rubber but still landing on this ever sliding mat with his stride foot.
He could feel it give and slide under his plant foot on every pitch. As expected, it really jacked with his mechanics and his results. He was pissed when he came off the mound. I was pissed as soon as I realized that's what he would be pitching from and more pissed after the results.
This was his first ever showcase and it was not a great experience. Is this kind of thing common? Am I out in left field to expect at minimum a stable surface with game like conditions for a paid pitching showcase?