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#1 Guest_Jack K_*

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 02:24 PM

I am thinking of using 4'× 6' 3/4 inch rubber mats behind home plate as a backstop.
Would this work?
We use a rubber tarp right now but they get ripped and do not last long.
Any thoughts?

#2 amutz

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 03:54 PM

I looked into portable net backstops some time ago, and they get good reviews.
If you do not have a permanent backstop they make sense:

Small:
http://www.amazon.co..._hps_bw_g200_i3

Large
http://www.amazon.co..._hps_bw_g200_i9

If you are looking for a matt in front of a chainlink backstop - that's a different problem to solve!

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 04:32 AM

Yes, it is in front of a chain link fence which is against a block building.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:24 PM

Something like this:
http://www.sportsadv...ackstop-matting

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 09:06 PM

maybe I missed something but what level is this for?

 

anything other than T-Ball I can't see any of these ideas stopping anything but a wild pitch and even then not all the time

 

what am  I missing with the OP's question?



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Posted 07 February 2016 - 01:52 AM

It seems like anytime I'm not wearing a cup behind the plate my scrotum makes a good backstop.

We once had a thick rubber mat fastened to wood, it played just like a real one.

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 02:02 PM

So how are foul balls stopped if there isn't any backstop?
You must lose a couple dozen per game.

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 09:56 PM

Maybe I didn't explain question right.
There is a full size chain link backstop with a block building behind it.
If the pitcher throws a pitch past the catcher it would basically bounce off a block building and fly back.
We put a rubber tarp up to deaden the bounce but tarps rip all the time.
I was thinking of a 4'× 6' 3/4 inch mat hanging in front of fence to deaden the bounce back.
Does anyone know if this would work or would it still bounce back onto the field instead of deadening it behind homeplate?

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 10:15 PM

It will work, but leave a little slack when you fasten it or you'll get that same bounce back...you'll have to mess around to get the right tension.

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 12:17 AM

It will deaden/stop the bounce back.
I've seen them at numerous fields.
They last "for years".

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 06:21 PM

Agreed it works and is durable.  

 

'Purpose-built' padding can be pricy - seeing $200 for 4x6 but foam is 2" thick or so.  

I've also seen plywood covered with synthetic turf used.  

That looks durable but definitely bounces more.  



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 06:57 PM

Yes I would advise against wood, even when covered, for this application.

The league on the other side of town has wood in front of their backstop fence and the balls kicks like at Wrigley Field.



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:03 PM

 

We have those.

2 per backstop so we get a 12' x 4' pad.  

We hung them so they dangle - absorb more energy that way.



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:50 PM

When you mount them - be sure the space beneath it won't trap baseballs.  

It happens on one of our fields and umps have to call dead ball.  

Either hang to the ground and use a dirt lip in front, or leave 4" underneath so the ball won't get stuck.



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 09:11 PM

If you leave room underneath the ball will find a way to get stuck.

 

Just hang it down to the dirt (with a lip or not).



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Posted 25 June 2018 - 06:52 PM

what are the fence distance minimum for 9/10 tournament and 11/12 baseball tournament or did LL do away with that and just go with 200 feet



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Posted 25 June 2018 - 07:12 PM

All the field dimensions for tournament play are outlined in the rulebook on pages 129-130, "Selection of Fields." And on pages 144-145, Physical Conditions."

 

Regional Director can make exceptions to this rule. (p129)



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Posted 25 June 2018 - 08:09 PM

There is a summary on the LL site too, at https://www.littlele...specifications/
FYI the LLWS is played on a field with 225' fence and 50/70 fields are 275' for the Intermediate WS.

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 10:00 PM

PS: People don't talk about it as much, but distance from plate to backstop makes an enormous difference on game play.
The LL Majors recommendation is 25' from plate to backstop. Anything much less gets rough for playability.
I think the LLWS distance to backstop is 30'.
This creates enough space for umpire and catcher to work comfortably and makes a passed ball or WP a real opportunity, and is a better distance for 50/70. High school is generally closer to 50' from plate to backstop.



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