Staking, Laying Out And Measuring
Your Little League Baseball Field

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Little-League-Field-Dimensions in conformance with the little-league-rules is needed for putting a first class playing field in your neighborhood it is not rocket science mathematics nor new world discovery break throughs like say finding a new continent.

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A well planned and maintained baseball diamond with the Little-League-Field-Dimensions we will now leave behind our playing by baseball made up rules while playing on our beautiful properly emplaced source of our pride baseball field.

One of the prime tenets of and purpose of Little League Baseball is to allow our youngsters at an early and formative years of age to know teamwork and team play with the thrill of competition.

Start your road to teamwork as the beginning point by having the community boys and girls be involved with the laying out and the construction of their ball field by following the blueprints of the Little-League-Field-Dimensions.

Giving the basic dimensions for the Little-League-Field-Dimensions we normally refer to the diamond as the 60' basepath playing layout for Little-League-Field-Dimensions.

Shall we not make it be a complicated thing such as needing a well drawn meticulously approved drawings of our Little-League-Field-Dimensions all of which serve no earth shattering enlightening effort when the use of ones own understanding serves us all very well.

First things first simply walk the area over looking the grounds and terrain over with an eye for such things as lay of the land and in particular drainage or water runoff due to rain which will surely come.

The Sun rises in the East and usually sets in the West so a Saturday afternoon game with shall we say a starting time of 2:00 PM it will sure make one heck of a difference to the hitters as to how ole Sol is positioned coming onto the playing diamond.

The orientation of your layout for your Little-League-Field-Dimensions relative to the direction of the Sun is very important. Some thing are of nature and we we refer to them as being natural such a the Suns arc of travel.

Playing baseball and learning how to play baseball is part natural, part taught and learned by practice practice and more repetitive practice.

The starting point of your Little-League-Field-Dimensions and layout orientation accounts for how you handle the issue about the 2 till say 5 PM Sun.

Put the Apex or back point of Home Plate pointing toward a westerly direction skewed as required to accomodate the field terrain.

The key here is to protect the hitter while in the batters box from having a blinding Sun shining directly in his eyes. The ability to see that pitchers fast ball coming hell to beat leather is hard enough without being blinded by the Sun.

Now this back or apex point of home plate is where all the measurements for our Little-League-Field-Dimensions will normally have their beginning point.

Here your Little-League-Field-Dimensions are described:

  • Home Plate: Home Plate is normally in todays modern era of baseball made of a hard rubber and is a funny shaped figure with a rectangular front and a triangular tail.

    Home plate is 17" by 17" with two triangle plugs cut off the two back corners making our home plate to be a quadrilateral and a rather peculiar five sided trapezoid but it is still home.

    Across the front it measures 17" across. From this front edge corners draw the two sides backwards forming both sides of the plate 8 and 1/2" by 17" rectangle and stop. Now from the center of the back edge of that 17" wide rectangle measure another 8 and 1/2" straight back. Where this 8 and 1/2" measurement stops is the apex point or the tail of home plate now join this point to the back corners of the 8 and 1/2" by 17" rectangular front part of our plate and you now have enclosed the outline of Home Plate.

    Recap we have an odd shape which is 17 inches across the front and 17 inches from centerline of this front edge to the apex or back point of the home plate. From that back point connect to the back corners of the 17" by 8 1/2" front part of the plate.

    The back point or rear apex of home plate is the genesis or starting point for all of our measurements making up our Little-League-Field-Dimensions.

    The home plate area also requires a cleared 9' radius circle of open dirt area encircling the home plate measured from the back point or apex of home plate.

    Home plate not only is the starting and ending for all of your Little-League-Field-Dimensions it is the focal point of every game. This is where every hitter stands, it is where the pitchers aims all his pitches, it is where a runner crosses to tally a run scored, it is where the catcher hunkers behind to receive every pitch and it is where our Little-League-Field-Dimensions originate.

  • Home Plate area Batters Box: The Batters Box is a rectangular shaped box measuring 3' by 5' parallel to and 6" from the side edges of Home Plate. The batters box is positioned so that the (back corner) of the home plates rectangle shape 17 by 8 1/2 is centered at the 2 1/2' or mid point of the 5'side of the box.

    These two 3' by 5' boxes are 6" from and parallel to the sides of our home plate. These batter boxes are placed on each side of home plate.

  • Home Plate area Catchers Box: The Catchers Box is an area 43" wide sitting directly behind the back point or apex of home plate. The back edge of this 43" wide box is to be measured 8' and perpendicular to the apex or back tail of home plate.

    The 43" wide box side lines extend forward toward the home plate batter boxes stopping as it meets the back edge of the two batters boxes.

    A special note about rules should be noted here. The catcher is not allowed by rule to encroach into the space of the batters box. The batter is likewise not allowed to encroach into the space of the catchers box.

  • Pitching Rubber: The pitching rubber is a hard white slab of rubber measuring 4" by 18" with the front edge measuring exactly 46' and centered on line from the back point or Apex of home plate.

  • Pitching Mound: The pitching mound in accordance with Little-League-Field-Dimensions is a mound of prepared dirt with a base circle of 5'radius gradually sloped from being level at the infield or elevation of home plate and rising to a height of 6" where the pitching rubber is placed.

    The pitching mound is centered straight away from the Apex back corner of home plate with the center of the pitching rubber and center of second base and center field.

  • Foul Lines to Outfield Fence: The foul lines are the delineating playing field markers to determine balls in play as either being in fair territory or in foul teritory. Varius official baseball rules will apply for batted balls to determine as to them being in continued play such as fair/foul/hitting a runner/etc.

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    Using the back point or tail Apex of home plate a line formed congruent with the and laying in line with the plate edge of this back point or tail of home plate extending all the way to the outfield fence is the foul line.

    One edge of this tail of home plate extends to the right and one edge extends ro the left. The left side edge extended we call the left field foul line and the right side edge we call the right field foul line.

    There is a minimum distance of (200') allowed for the Little League Baseball Field Dimensions from the Apex or tail of home plate down either foul line to the outfield fence.

    Remember this 200' is a minimum distance.

    The nine to twelve year old baseball hitting little league toughie this 200 feet pop to put it out of the park or over the fence is a pretty fair challenge.

  • 1st,2nd and 3rd Bases Placed: The bases are placed in a pure diamond configuration equal distance apart and is established at 60' apart.

    First base is placed 60' from home plate measuring 60' from the back tail or apex of home plate to the far edge or the outfield side of the first base bag with the outside edge of the bag touching and parallel to the right field foul line.

    Third base is placed 60' from home plate measuring 60' from the back tail or apex of home plate to the far edge or the outfield side of the third base bag with the outside edge of the bag touching and parallel to the left field foul line.

    Second base is placed 60' to the center of the second base bag and the left field and the right field foul lines and exactly 84'10 and 1/4" from the back point or apex of home plate. The bag orientation must have two of its opposite points or corners pointing to home plate and center field.

  • Infield Playing Area: The infield playing area is to be delineated by the separation of the infield from the outfield. Draw a 50' radius arc from the center of the pitching rubber and extending from foul line to foul line.

    This arc of 50' radius is the demarcation line for allowing no outfield grass to come inside this arc. The purpose is to have a natural dirt surface with no cause for interference in the play of ground balls in the infield play area.

  • Coaches Boxes: This is a three sided box chalked off 6' from the foul lines at first and third base sides of the infield. The three sided open box measures 4' by 8'.

    This is a waste of time marking for the coaches never stay within the box and umpires usually ignore the requirement. The coaches box area can however come into play during a highly controversial play involving the coaches interference or entanglement in a bang bang play. The only real need for the coaches box is this point of reference for umpire to use in a controversial play call.

  • Batter On Deck Circle: This is a 5' diameter circle in theory where the on deck hitter should be positioned.

    The on deck circles are in foul territory toward each of the dugouts about 20' from the catchers box. Again strict adherence to having the on deck batter stay within the circle comes into play during a controversial incident involving the on deck hitter.

    With pencil and sketch pad draw out these specific areas showing the dimensions make copies and split the layout crews into teams to establish and mark out the construction dimensions for your little League playing field.


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