How Far is the Pitching Mound From Home Plate

How far is the pitching mound from home plate? This is a question often on the minds of people watching baseball.

As you watch a perfect pitch travel from the hand of the pitcher to the bat of the batter or the glove of the catcher, you may be wondering just how far that ball has had to travel. The force that pitchers have to use to get the ball from point A to point B at such high speeds is incredible. Here's some more information about the distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate. The distance between the pitching mound and home plate differs depending on your method of measuring as well as which type of baseball you are talking about.

Some people measure the distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate differently. The official rule book of MLB states that the distance between the pitching mound and home plate should be 60 feet, 6 inches. This is not always the case though, as the pitching mound isn't always at the center of the pitcher's circle. This can make the distance between the pitching mound and home plate vary somewhat. The pitching mound, according to regulation, is supposed to be 18 feet in diameter. The front of the pitcher's plate should be 18 inches behind the center of the mound.


The other way that the distance between the pitching mound and home plate is to measure between the edge of the pitcher's circle and the front point of home plate. This is always 59 feet, 1 inch.

Little League baseball has a different distance between the pitching mound and home plate than that of MLB. That distance is just 46 feet. The shorter distance is meant to accommodate the younger and generally smaller pitchers.

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