Pitching Mound Height By Age and League
What You'll Learn
In this article, we're going to cover the required pitching mound dimensions for each league of youth baseball as well as make recommendations for portable pitching mounds based off your kid's age. It is important to purchase the right size mound for your child, as each league and level of play has strict rules of pitching mound size. Let's take a look!
Little League Pitching Mound Dimensions
-Little League pitching mound height: 6” for players under 11 and 8” for players 11-13 years old
-Little League pitching mound distance from home plate to pitching rubber: 46’
-Little League pitching mound diameter: 10’
-Length of pitching rubber: 18”
Bronco League Pitching Mound Dimensions
-Bronco League pitching mound height: 6” above home plate. Pitching mound should be raised at a “gradual” slope until 6” above home plate.
-Distance from home plate to pitching rubber: 50’
-Pitching mound diameter: 12’
Cal Ripken Pitching Mound Dimensions (Ages 4-12)
-Cal Ripken pitching mound height: 6” above home plate
-Distance from home plate to pitching rubber: 46’
-Mound Diameter: 10’
Pony 14U Pitching Mound Dimensions
-Pitching mound height: 8” above home plate. The pitching mound should be raised at a “gradual” slope until 8” above home plate.
-Distance from home plate to pitching rubber: 54’
Babe Ruth Baseball League Pitching Mound Dimensions (Ages 13-18)
-Pitching mound height: 10” above home plate
-Distance from home plate to pitching rubber: 60’ 6”
-Mound Diameter: 18’
As you can see, each league has its own dimensional specifications for mound sizes. Be sure to get in contact with your league if your league’s pitching mound specifications are not listed above.
Pitching Mound Size Recommendations by Height
Depending on your kids' age or the league they play in different mound heights will be recommended. There are no absolute requirements regarding mound height to player age, but there are general guidelines that most leagues follow.
Note: Mound height refers to the height of the top of the pitching mound relative to home plate and the base paths. Usually pitching mound heights are either 4", 6”, 8” or 10”.
4" Pitching Mounds - These pitching mounds are specifically designed for young pitchers ages 6-9 years old roughly that play in youth leagues such as Little league and Pony league.
6” Pitching Mounds - Portable pitching mounds that are 6” tall are great for player ages 11 and under (11u leagues).
8” Pitching Mounds - Eight inch portable pitching mounds are popular among youth players ages 12-14.
10” Pitching Mounds - Although 10 inch pitching mounds are actually regulation size for the MLB, their portable counterparts are popular among high school, college and minor league teams as well.