How to Measure Distances for the Pitching Rubber

    Step 1

    Set home plate in the position where it will be located for games. The apex (pointed side) should face directly away from the field. Use a metal peg or other marker driven into the ground to permanently mark the placement of home plate.

    Step 2

    Starting from the tip of the apex at the back of home plate, measure a distance of exactly 127 feet, 3 3/8 inches to where you want to position second base. This point will be the center of the base. Again, install a marker peg to identify the location.

    Step 3

    Stretch a string from the back of home plate to second base. Measure a distance along the string from the back of home plate of exactly 60 feet and 6 inches. This is the point that will be the center of the pitching rubber. Place a marker peg to mark the position of the rubber.

Things Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • String
  • Marker pegs
  • Home plate
  • Pitching rubber

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