How to Build a Pitching Mound
If you wish to play a good game of baseball, then you should have an excellent pitching mound. While setting out to build a pitching mound, you would have to take into consideration several factors like, the location of the mound, its dimensions, maintenance program, and so forth. Additionally, you would also have to collect the requisite tools, equipments and construction material for the mound.
As far as the construction material is concerned, you would need clay that has 20-parts of slit, 40-parts of clay and 40-parts of sand. Besides this, you would need the pitching rubber mat that is 24-inches long and 6-inches wide. With respect to the tools, you would need a wheelbarrow, shovel, rake, roller press, strings, stake and measuring tape.
A well-made pitching mound is a circle with a diameter of 18-feet. It is located precisely 59-inches away from the backside of the home plate, and is about 10-inches higher than the surrounding area. Approximately 18-inches away from the center of the mound is the pitching rubber, and 6-inches in front of the rubber mat, the mound begins to slope towards the home plate.
Now that you know the exact dimensions of the pitching mound, you should look for a location that is big enough to accommodate the mound. Mark the area where the mound will be build and remove all the turf from the region. Once you have decided the position of the mound, mark the region where the home plate will be located. Clear the turf in this region too.
Start build the pitching mound; for this, the clay mixture should be moist, but not clammy. At one time, stack only 1-inch of the clay mixture. Press the layer with the heavy roller to compress the soil. Repeat the process until the mound of correct dimensions is built.
In the next step, you would have to place the rubber mat on the pitching mound. The mat should be 60-feet and 6-inches away from the home plate. It is not placed exactly in the centre of the pitching mound. In fact, it is more towards the backside of the mound; 8-feet from the rear side and 10-feet from the front side of the mound. As mentioned above, 6-inches in front of the pitching mat, the mound should start sloping towards the home plate.
The pitching mound is ready for use. As you have worked so hard to build the mound, you should spare no effort to maintain it too. When not using the pitching mound, remember to cover it with a plastic sheet or trap.