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    Is this a typical portable pictching mound in your area? I wish we could get these things more uniform, it seems every field we go to has a different version. Some are much longer in the front, some are steeper off the backside etc. etc.. Makes it hard for the boys to adjust and find their landing area.Fisher's first start.jpg

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    Seems much smaller than I've used or seen.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Stampede View Post
      Is this a typical portable pictching mound in your area? I wish we could get these things more uniform, it seems every field we go to has a different version. Some are much longer in the front, some are steeper off the backside etc. etc.. Makes it hard for the boys to adjust and find their landing area.[ATTACH]108013[/ATTACH]
      An indoor facility we went to once had a couple of those. I don;t see how kids can pitch off those. Far too short and awkward.

      Here's the type I see most often at our tourneys/games.

      http://www.betterbaseball.com/prodimg/PP796.jpg

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      • #4
        [QUOTE=CircleChange11;2006432]An indoor facility we went to once had a couple of those. I don;t see how kids can pitch off those. Far too short and awkward.

        That's my 9 y.o. and his legs are long enough that he strides completely off into the dirt, but some of the shorter kids are pretty close to the edge at landing. There are several that size in the area and some are wobbly when the boys are on them. I think leagues should come up with uniform dimensions for the mounds.

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        • #5
          Looks like the first baseman went to the "modern day school of ready position" for his degree...
          "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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          • #6
            That is exactly why I won;t pick my nose in the dugout. In the background of some kid's picture will be me "scratching my brain" ... and nowadays it could be all over Facebook. I don't wanna be known as "Nose Pick Coach".

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            • #7
              A 6 inch mound for kids should extend approximately six feet toward home plate. When the mound begins to decline, it's supposed to drop one inch for every foot out.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
                Looks like the first baseman went to the "modern day school of ready position"
                It's a good thing you didn't see the right fielder. He was probably chasing butterflies or sitting down indian style. 11u rec league. We did win this game 5-1, only gave up 1 hit. Yeah I'm bragging!:cap:
                Last edited by Jake Patterson; 04-30-2012, 07:14 PM. Reason: fixed quote

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Stampede View Post
                  It's a good thing you didn't see the right fielder. He was probably chasing butterflies or sitting down indian style. 11u rec league. We did win this game 5-1, only gave up 1 hit. Yeah I'm bragging!:cap:
                  Yea, but how many walks?! Just kiddin'...

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                  • #10
                    The reason is the difference in price for that one vs. a "full size" one. I'd say the prices of all of them are insane but someone is buying them for those prices.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by johnlanza View Post
                      Yea, but how many walks?! Just kiddin'...
                      2 walks. half the batters were stepping out of the box before the pitch even got there. He does'nt even throw hard, but does throw strikes.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DerekD View Post
                        The reason is the difference in price for that one vs. a "full size" one. I'd say the prices of all of them are insane but someone is buying them for those prices.
                        Most of the ones that I have seen are wood framed and plywood tops. I would say just about anyone with some carpentry skills could throw one together, they just need the size standardized.
                        Last edited by Jake Patterson; 05-01-2012, 05:48 AM. Reason: fixed quote

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DerekD View Post
                          The reason is the difference in price for that one vs. a "full size" one. I'd say the prices of all of them are insane but someone is buying them for those prices.
                          Ni kidding. The one I linked to is something $2,300 ... and I've seen them up to $2,800.

                          Indoor mounds are fairly easy to make and inexpensive. The sturdier metal ones (welded) with "grandma's porch carpet" on the top are also easy to make and inexpensive.

                          However, I couldn't see using these in game due to the wedge shape and the "drop off" on the sides and back. Granted you get pile up dirt around it, but that'd be a lot of dirt in some areas around the mound. It may be possible, perhaps even reasonable, but I haven;t seen one like that at a tourney yet.

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                          • #14
                            As silly as it seems, I may build a real mound from dirt rather than making something. It obviously will have to be maintained unlike the built one but that will be my sons' problem.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CircleChange11 View Post
                              An indoor facility we went to once had a couple of those. I don;t see how kids can pitch off those. Far too short and awkward.

                              Here's the type I see most often at our tourneys/games.

                              http://www.betterbaseball.com/prodimg/PP796.jpg
                              I've seen these in 13U tournaments and it works fine.

                              Especially when dirt is packed around it.

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