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Buying a Pitching Mound

Portable pitching mounds can be a valuable addition to your facility. However, pitching mounds can be expensive and there are many different brands, so you’re going to want to buy the right mound for your needs.

You’ll need to consider two things when purchasing your mound: the age of your players, and whether you’ll be using your mound for games or practice.
The age of your players will affect the rubber height. Youth mounds typically have a rubber height of 6 inches or less.
High School mounds can be used for college and pro players and have a rubber height of 10 inches.

There are two types of pitching mounds: Practice Mounds, also called Bullpen Mounds, and Game Mounds

Game Mound
Practice Mound

Game Mounds are generally more expensive than Practice Mounds. They feature tapered edges to allow the mound to lie flush with the ground, creating a safe environment for pick-off moves, pop ups and other game situations. Game Mounds are often built more solidly and can be heavier than other mounds.

Practice or Bullpen Mounds are designed for straight – ahead pitching practice only. The edges on Bullpen Mounds are straight up and down instead of tapered, like Game Mounds, so they’re not built for game situations, but Practice Mounds are generally less expensive than Game Mounds.

Some mounds have added features like handles for easier transport, and can even be split into pieces for added portability. Of course, added features often mean a cost increase, so take care to shop for the right mound for your players.

Mound Tips:

• Rubber height is measured from level ground surface to top of rubber.
• Taller pitchers need longer and wider mounds, and younger players will grow, so be sure to consider length and width when buying your mound.
• Create a safer game environment when using your Game Mound by packing dirt around the tapered edges.

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