How To Build a Backyard Pitcher's Mound

The reason why we should place a pitcher's mound in our backyard for our children to play softball or baseball from is that they do not normally learn to throw from the pitcher's mound in little league. It is not until they turn older and start to play with the higher age level that they will stand on a pitcher's mound to play these sports. You might think that the game is not much different from playing on the mound but in reality it is different. The way we throw is different because of the difference in height from one level to the next. The balance we feel from standing on a mound is different from standing on the ground as well. One might not throw as well from the mound as they do from the ground, so the sooner we bring the mound into their game the better the athlete that we are going to have.

It is quite simple to place a pitcher's mound in our backyards. The simple task will require that you pay a visit to a local store such as the home supply shop and purchase a combination of sand and clay. The combination that you will make will require these to be placed into a formation that will look like a mound. You will need to find a area that you want your home plate to be at and will need to place the mound 60 feet and 6 inches away from the tip of home plate. If you have a much smaller yard then you can make the home plate and second base exactly the distance you want and in the middle should be the mound. You can make the other bases and such whatever distance you want however you should have the mound the same height and width that the everyday pitcher's mound is in every game they will play down the road.

The real pitcher's mound is actually 18' in diameter and this is just too large for you to place in your backyard unless you have the area to make it. If you have the area then go on ahead and create it otherwise you will just need to be concerned with the height of the pitcher's mound as well as the slope of the mound. You will want to start out with just 1 inch of mixture at a time and as you add just one inch you should add a slight amount of water. Do not add to much water as this will cause your mound to become mud and to less of water will cause the mound to fall apart. As you add water tap the dirt and clay down and continue on to the next inch. Keep going until the mound measures 10 and a half inches above home plate. Once you have done this you have successfully created a backyard pitcher's mound. You will need to periodically add some water or measure the mound and add more sand and clay as need be but this will give your child enough of a chance to get practice in with a real mound.


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