60 feet and 6 inches The distance from the mound to **home plate**: The distance between the pitcher's plate and home base (the back point of home plate) should be 60 feet, 6 inches. If it is not, the ball will not be thrown properly. How does one calculate this distance? It is simply the distance from the front of home plate to the middle of the other side. In the illustration below, for example, the distance from the front of home plate to the middle of the other side is 3 feet.

The width of the baseball field: The width of a major league baseball field is 320 feet, including the baselines. The distance across the middle of the field is 160 feet. This means that you can walk 80 feet along one baseline and then turn around and do the same thing on **the other side** of the field.

The length of a baseball field: The length of a major league baseball field is 440 yards. The distance from home plate to the end of **center field** is 220 yards. To determine how many minutes it takes to walk across the field, divide the number of miles by 1.6. 1 mile equals 1,609 feet; thus, the time required to walk across the field is about 50 minutes.

60 feet and 6 inches The front of the pitcher's plate (rubber) on a high school, college, or professional field should be 60 feet 6 inches from the top of **home plate**. The rubber's top must be 10 inches higher than home plate. See **the Basic Mound Specifications section** for the right dimensions for your unique field.

The height of a baseball pitching mound affects how many pitches are thrown per game. Pitches per game vary by league and club but typically range from 5 to 7 per game. A team will often try to adjust the height of its mounds during games in order to have their pitchers use different speeds. For example, if a starter is working very fast but giving up too many hits, the mound can be lowered to help him keep his speed up while still giving him enough time to work through **his pitch count**.

In addition to this, the height of the pitching mound also affects how many balls are put into play per game. The more balls that are hit into the air, the more chances there are for extra bases. This is particularly important in the National League where many hard-hit balls find their way into left field or center field instead of being caught by the catcher or first baseman.

Finally, the height of the pitching mound determines how many fouls are called per game. The higher the mound, the more likely it is that a ball will be struck by a bat and not touched by **any player** as it travels toward the fielder.

From the back tip of home plate to second base, the distance across the infield is 127 feet, 3 3/8 inches. That is also the distance from first base to third base across the infield. The pitcher's mound is 60 feet, 6 inches from home, and it is made out of an elevated 18-foot circle. To calculate the distance between the pitcher's mound and second base, you can use the formula D = 2t + W, where D is the distance in feet, t is the height in feet of the pitcher's mound, and W is the width in feet of the infield. In this case, D = 60 feet, 6 inches + 2(18 feet) + (127 feet, 3 3/8 inches), D = 149 feet 11 inches.

The batter stands with **his back** to home plate and has a clear view of the entire baseball field. From where he stands, he can see if the ball will be hit toward first base or toward **third base**. The catcher usually stands a few feet behind home plate with the ball in his hand until the batter makes his selection. At that point, he'll either throw the ball to the pitcher or hold it for him. If the catcher throws the ball, the batter can't go until the ball reaches the pitcher. If the catcher holds the ball, the batter can leave now that a new ball is available.

The base path is 3 feet long on **each side** of the baseline. Furthermore, the distance between home plate and the center of the pitcher's mound is 60 feet, 6 inches, with the mound being 18 feet in circumference.

Dimensions of Baseball Fields at High Schools, Colleges, and Professional Levels 90-foot baseline The distance from home plate to second base is 127 feet and 3 3/8 inches. The distance from home plate to the pitching rubber is 60 feet 6 inches. The radius of the infield arc is 95 feet. 60 feet from home plate to backstop. Foul lines must be at least 325 feet from the outfield fence.

60 feet For 12-inch ball games, bases must be 60 feet apart and 65 feet apart for 11-inch ball games. B. (F.P.) The distance between the rear tip of home plate and the front edge of the pitcher's plate for female fast pitch softball and 46 feet for male fast pitch softball should be 43 feet for female fast pitch softball and 46 feet for male fast pitch softball.

The distance from **home plate** to first base is 120 feet for **both men** and women. If you're playing in a league that uses **an 11-inch ball**, then the distance between the rear tip of home plate and the front edge of first base for men should be 99 feet 6 inches and for women 98 feet 8 inches.

Second base is 33 feet from home plate for men and 32 feet for women. It's recommended that you stand at second base when you hit a ball so you can proceed directly to third if you're able to run. A runner can't advance more than two bases at a time, so if he or she reaches third base before the out is made, the batter will have to go back to the plate.

Third base is 51 feet from home plate for men and 50 feet for women. A coach on the side lines gives signals to the player at **third base** when it's time to stop running and go all the way around to first base. This prevents any further advances by the runner.