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Thursday, October 22, 2009
How to Build a Pitching Mound
By Kenny Leones
Creating a pitching mound is more than just arranging the soil to make an elevated area. You need to know the standard specifications when making this kind of project. You also need to use the proper materials. The height of a standard baseball mound is ten ½" and its diameter is eighteen inches.
Remember to get the correct measurements as it will affect the whole set-up. You also need to consider the H20 drainage, maintenance and field equipment since it will affect the performance and condition of your mound. You can ask your friends to help you so that you can construct it faster.
MATERIALS NEEDED IN CONSTRUCTING A MOUND
The materials needed are a 23 inches long and 6 inches wide rubber mat, sand, clay and silt.
The tools needed are wheelbarrow, shovel, rake, roller press, string, stakes and tape measure.
STEPS IN CREATING A PITCHING MOUND
Make sure that your construction area is flat. The interior part is the area where you need to crease a raise portion of land. You should take out the turf after the visual of the field has been created. Decide where you will install the home plate. Install a backstop to prevent any stray baseball pitches. The turf must possess a radius of thirteen feet and the home plate's apex can be utilized.
Build the 2nd base. Use the stakes to mark the area. The base pads should be place in the middle of the 2nd base. Mark the area of pitching rubber. Measure from the 2nd base to the back area of the home plate. The length should be sixty feet by six inches.
Use a pair of tape measure to look for the 1st base and 3rd base. The bases' back corner will be the area where the pair of tapes intersects at a ninety feet mark. Repeat the same process to look for the 3rd base. Overall, the location should a ninety ft. square.
You should not misplace the 2nd base. It should also be properly measured at the middle of the base. The remaining based will also be place in the square. Measure a thirteen ft radius inside the square and cut the turf. Do not change the base area. The cut out portion will be the area where players can slide.
Remember that there are some standard specifications for the baseball mound that you need to follow. It should be eighteen ft. and about ten ft. from the rubber portion toward the plate and about eight feet from the back of the rubber. The plateau above the mound should be five ft. in total width. The height of the set-up should be ten ½ inches. The rubber of the mound should be twenty-four by six inches.
Construct the mound inch by inch. Check if the soil has been properly flattened down as each layer of soil is added. The slope of the mound should be 1 inch beginning about twelve inches from the rubber and towards the mound plate. You can now enjoy playing in your pitching mound.
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