A Brief History of the Mound
The rules of baseball have been regularly tweaked for many decades, attempting to maximize entertainment for fans and create a competitive balance between teams. However, pitching mounds weren’t always a part of the baseball game. It wasn’t until 1893 that the pitching mound was introduced and the distance from the batter was increased to over 60 feet. In fact, one of the only rules for pitchers in the mid 19th century, was the 45′ “line” that couldn’t be crossed when pitching. This rule gave pitchers a lot to work with, as long they were farther than 45 feet from home base.
Throughout baseball history, pitchers have often dominated the game. With more freedom to pitch how they wanted, they often had the upper hand over the batter. Now, the rules are a little different. Before the pitch, the pitcher must have their pivot foot touching the rubber of the mound. This rubber is placed exactly 60′ 6″ away from home base and is raised 10″ above the rest of the playing field.
Much like pitching machines, having a portable pitching mound can dramatically improve your pitch. Including this as part of your practice plan is a perfect way to improve and you’ll be able to work on your throw at any time. Whether you’re attempting to perfect your curve, knuckle or fastball outside of game time, you’ll soon notice the immense benefits of owning your own pitching mound. There is a decent variety of mound types to choose from as well. From professional and portable mounds to indoor and outdoor style mounds, you’re sure to find the right one for you.
Constructing Your Own
If you really wanted to, you could even try building your own mound out of packing clay and building soil. Doing this might not be as cost effective but it will surely be a fun project to try during the warmer months! Just remember, if you decide to go this route, keep the mound covered when not in use. There are a few different ways to build your own mound though, so if clay and soil isn’t for you, there is always the plywood method.
Using tools like pitching machines and portable mounds is wonderful for the players wanting to improve and experiment with different types of hits and pitches. With large selections to choose from, you’ll be able to design and build your own backyard (and even indoor) practice field! In doing this, not only will you have the convenience of playing whenever you decide, but confidence in your skill will definitely take off!