The True Pitch Story
One day in 1962, John Goeders watched his son’s Little League team pitch from a mound for the first time. Every pitch was wild. ”Why can’t there be a portable baseball pitching mound for these kids to use in practice and for games?” he thought. The concept for True Pitch® was born.
Goeders developed several models of fiberglass pitching mounds and tested them at high schools and colleges in Iowa. He received his first patent in 1966.
He continued to refine his mounds and in 1972, earned a coveted endorsement from Little League Baseball®, Inc. Today, Little League organizations worldwide are using True Pitch portable mounds for both practice and games. Since the original endorsement, Pony Baseball, Babe Ruth League Baseball, and most recently, Dixie Youth Baseball have followed suit and approved the fiberglass, artificial turf-covered pitching mounds for game use.
The increased use of the mounds at all levels brought about another significant event in the development of the True Pitch brand. When baseball pitchers started using metal spikes on his mounds, Goeders cut holes in the mounds and filled them with dirt so the cleats would hold and offer a more authentic surface. The dirt was gummy and would stick to the steal cleats, so Goeders began daydreaming of a “no-stick” dirt.
He called Boris Kviesitis, an old chemist buddy, and the two of them spent most of 1989 brewing up the original batch of Flex-A-Clay®. As it turns out, Flex-A-Clay® had greater applications on actual baseball and softball fields than it did for the mounds. Flex-A-Clay® is a patented, specially formulated, processed, dry soil composition which is mainly made up of a particle of sand double-coated with layers of polyvinyl, alcohol and clay.
Duane Banks, long-time baseball coach at the University of Iowa and Mike Andreson, former head groundskeeper for the Iowa Cubs (Triple AAA Baseball) were two of the first to apply Flex-A-Clay® to their fields, and their endorsements have led to Flex-A-Clay® sales worldwide. The first patent on Flex-A-Clay® was issued in 1992.
What Next? Bio-Flex®
Goeders continued to experiment with Flex-A-Clay® and discovered that it seemed to help plant growth and root establishment. Goeders consulted Dr. Nick Christian and Dr. David Minner of the Horticultural Department at Iowa State University to see what Flex-A-Clay® could do.
Goeders and chemist Boris Kviesitis were both familiar with the effects of sea kelp from their work together developing various feed formulas, and they began to experiment with a brown sea kelp additive to the original patented Flex-A-Clay® formula. In May of 1995 they distributed three five-pound samples of what is now being sold as “Bio-Flex®.” The samples produced some outstanding results, and True Pitch commissioned Iowa State University to begin an extensive field study to further evaluate the effects of Bio-Flex® on plant growth as an all-natural growth stimulant for new and established grass, potted, and garden plants.
The grass produced on the Bio-Flex® treated plots flourished earlier and was thicker, greener and had more extensive root systems than other test plots.
Developed for golf courses, athletic fields, playgrounds, home lawns and flowers, Bio-Flex®, is the latest in the series of products in the True Pitch family.