Game Pitching Mounds

Finding the right game pitching mounds for your league or school is not an easy task. There are a lot of different options, which makes choosing the right pitching mound difficult. However, we try to make it as easy as possible! We provide a variety of different options and give detailed descriptions of each product. Below are a list of the different game mounds and the age group for which they apply.

Game Pitching Mound Types:

6” Pitching Mounds

6” high pitching mounds are regulation height for little leagues. If you are buying a pitching mound for your league’s 12-year-old bracket or younger, you will want to look at the 6” high pitching mounds.

8” Pitching Mounds

8” high pitching mounds are for use by kids transitioning from a smaller little league field to a full-sized field that they will see in middle school/high school. These pitching mounds are traditionally for 50/70 fields. The 50/70 fields are smaller than the 60/90 fields that are standard for high school but larger than the little league fields.

10” Game Pitching Mounds

The last type of pitching mound is the 10” high mounds. Middle schools, high schools, colleges, and professionals use 10” high pitching mounds. There are three 10″ pitching mounds to choose from including the Pitch Pro 8121, Portolite 10″ Pitching Mound, and the Proper Pitch Tapered 10″ Pitching Mound.

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What to Look for when Purchasing a Game Mound:

Length

When looking for a game mound, you will see some mound options that say “stride-off” and others that say, “full length”. The stride-off mounds are short in length. With these mounds the pitcher will finish their stride on the dirt in front of the mound, rather than on the mound itself. The full-length mounds are longer and will allow the pitcher to finish their stride on the pitching mound. If you want the pitcher to land on the pitching mound, it is important to check the length of the mound before you purchase.

Width

Another pretty obvious detail to look at is the width of the mound. The width of the mound may not matter for your league or school. However, if you plan on using the mound for pick-off moves, you will want to make sure it is wide enough to accommodate. Most of the 6” pitching mounds are narrower, as many little leagues do not allow for pick-off moves. There are a couple wide 6” options, like the Pitch Pro 796 and Proper Pitch Tapered Game Junior Mound. As you get into the 8” and 10” pitching mounds, most of the selection is wide enough to allow for pickoffs.

Tapered Sides

The tapered sides mean that the edges of the pitching mounds taper to the ground. These tapered edges provide two major advantages. The first advantage is player safety. When a mound does not have tapered sides, it has a one to two inch drop off from the edge of the mound to the dirt. This could become a potential tripping hazard when a ball is popped-up in the infield. With the tapered sides, you do not have this problem! The second advantage is for pick-off moves. Pitchers will be able to safely perform pick-off moves to first and third base thanks to the tapered edges.

Warranty

You will want to check out each manufacturer’s warranty before you purchase. The warranty is a nice thing to have in case your pitching mound starts to wear down. Just as important, it also acts as an indicator of how confident the manufacturer is in their products. Pitch Pro and Portolite both back the core of their pitching mounds with a 10-year warranty. None of the manufacturers offer a warranty on the turf. All warranties are strictly on the core of the pitching mound.