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Baseball Mound to Plate Distances for each League

With the various leagues & associations throughout the country, it can be difficult to keep track of the various regulation distances between baseball pitching mound/rubber to home-plate.

We’ve compiled this guide to help batting cage academies better prepare their facility for local teams.

Bullpen mound

Pitching Mound in Bullpen (source: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Major League “Mound to Plate” Dimensions

(Applies to International Baseball, Minor Leagues, Independent Leagues, College, High School, Babe Ruth, Big/Senior League, and most all other levels ages 14 and up.)

  • 60 feet, 6 inches.
Baseball Field Dimensions

Typical MLB Baseball Field Dimensions (source: Wikipedia)

 


Little League “Mound to Plate” Dimensions

(Ages 13 and under; these also apply to Cal Ripken Majors and Dixie Youth Baseball).

  • 46 feet.

PONY¬†“Mound to Plate” Dimensions

PONY is a worldwide youth baseball organization with specific requirements for their seven age divisions:

Colt/Palomino Field Dimensions (ages 15-19)

  • 60 feet, 6 inches.

Pony Field Dimensions (ages 13-14)

  • 54 feet.

Bronco Field Dimensions (ages 11-12)

  • 48 feet.

Mustang Field Dimensions (ages 9-10)

  • 44 feet.

Pinto Field Dimensions (ages 7-8)

  • 38 feet.

Shetland Field Dimensions (ages 4-6)

  • N/A (coaches pitch or batting tee
home plate

Home-Plate (Source: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there are a wide variety of official baseball pitcher’s mound rubber to home-plate specifications across the country.

Why is this important? In the batting cage world, players are looking for the best environment to simulate live game conditions. If you operate a batting cage rental business, it’s important to accommodate the players in your area with proper cage sizes, allowing for live game pitching practice & hitting. Hitters that practice in shorter cages can lose their timing, so it’s key to always ‘practice like you play’.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Stephanie Stabenow
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    What is the recommended and/or regulation sizes for indoor pitching tunnels? Specifically for youth/high school/collegiate levels? Or, alternatives to indoor pitching tunnels?

    • Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      Hi Stephanie,
      The normal mound distance for high school and up is 60’6″. The best tunnel size will depend on if you’re doing live pitching with a catcher behind home plate. Typical batting cages measure 70′ long x either 14′ or 12′ wide x 12′ high. These widths will allow either a right handed or left handed hitter bat without having to shift the plate to accomodate each batter. As far as alternatives, there really isn’t any other containment apparatus that would work as well as a net. But it ultimately will just depend on whether or not you’re doing live pitching to a batter.

      Thanks,
      Cory Schneider | Sales Manager
      Practice Sports, Inc. | 14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138
      800.877.6787 x 805 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046
      info@practicesports.com | practicesports.com

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