to Make your Pitching Mound as Safe as Possible
10 , 2007 -- Issue 5
Fields for Better Play
area takes a beating in games and practice.
I think a lot of coaches in little league and PONY league never pitched
or they wouldn't possibly expect their players to use such bad mounds.
It is critical to maintain the pitcher area properly to reduce the
potential for injury.
Let's look at three things you can do
to make the pitching mound as safe as possible.
Build a solid base for your mound
In some cases, clay bricks are used to establish a firm throwing area.
These moist clay bricks are a very acceptable material because they
have not been hardened by heat, like bricks used in construction.
Bags of powdered mortar clay work also. Remove about 3 inches of dirt
in the posting and landing area of the mound. Moisten the ground.
Dump some powdered clay in. Let it set a minute to absorb the water.
Rake it around. Repeat moistening, adding powdered clay, raking it
in, until the level is almost back to normal. Cover with the baseball
dirt that was removed. Tamp it in.
Align your mound properly
Make sure your pitcher's rubber is level, in the proper position,
and is really the right distance from home plate and the proper height.
Measure distance from the back point of the plate to the front of
the pitching rubber. The proper little league distance is 46 feet.
The proper high school and college distance is 60 feet 6 inches.
3. Use a topdressing on your mound
Turface, a calcined clay product, makes a great top dressing for the
mound. A high school size mound requires two bags for adequate coverage.
The turface helps prevent slipping in damp weather and gives the mound
a nice, professional, finishing touch.
4. Water is your most important maintenance tool
lastly, don't let your mound turn to dust and look like it was target
practice for grenades. I mean don't let the foot areas become
holes filled with fine dust. Dust like flour dust. Yuck.
Soak the mound before use. Work the moist dirt into the holes.
Tamp it in with a tamp or the back of the field rake. Lightly
moisten the area again before play. Give the pitchers firm
footing. Water does it for you.
for better play more often,
Publisher, Editor, & Groundskeeper
Baseball Field Renovation Guide