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Discussion: Home plate pitching mat

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July 18, 2010
Ronbro
1 posts
Home plate pitching mat
We are a Senior (50+) league in Edmonton, Alberta. We run under Canada SPN rules but are looking to change them to allow the use of a mat at home base to pitch to.
We are having a lot of inconsistancy with umpires and strike zones.
I am looking for a set of rules concerning mat use in all aspects of the game including size, placement and construction ie: rubber or wood.
Also comments on how the batters box is affected as the mat would narrow the box if not adjuster?
Thanks
Ron Brown
Pres
ESSPA
www.esspa.ca
July 18, 2010
kbl
Men's 60
529 posts
ron, go to home page of senior softball. click tournaments. then click rules. go to 1.61. this should help you. ken
July 19, 2010
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
THE MAT SHUD BE 19" BY 34 1/2" AND IT FITS OVER THE EXISTING HOME PLATE OVERLAPPING ONE INCH ON EACH SIDE..DOKER
July 19, 2010
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
RUBBER WORKS THE BEST LIKE A WORKOUT MAT!!!!!
July 19, 2010
UMP IN NORTH GA.
47 posts
REMMEBER THE BOX IS LONGER ON THE FRONT END BY 6 INCHES OR SO .... A HEAVY TRUCK MUD FLAP WORKS REAL WELL BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MOVE AS MUCH WHEN THE BALL HITS THE PLATES FRONT EDGE .... REMIND THE UMPS. 6-12 THEN HITS THE MAT ... MOST NEW UMPIRES GET WORRIED ABOUT THE MAT AND FOR GET THE 6-12 COMES FIRST

GOOD LUCK
JESSE
July 28, 2010
Jetboy
62 posts
I'm not quite getting this question:

"Also comments on how the batters box is affected as the mat would narrow the box if not adjuster?"

How does the mat affect the batters box?
July 28, 2010
UMP IN NORTH GA.
47 posts
WHEN USING A MAT STRIKE ZONE .... THE BATTERS BOX IS 6 OR SO INCHES LONGER IN THE FRONT TO ALLOW THE BATTER TO PROTECT THE FRONT OF THE PLATE .... WIDTH IS THE SAME I BELIEVE
July 28, 2010
SSUSA Staff
1282 posts
For SSUSA sanctioned events playing under SSUSA rules, the front of the strike mat is positioned over the front of the permanent home plate ("front" in both cases meaning the edge closest to the pitcher's rubber) ... The 'extra' length is at the back of the plate, not at the front ... Hope this helps!
July 28, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
It (the mat), is also 2 inches wider than the normal home plate.
July 28, 2010
ShaneV
Men's 55
382 posts
I make mats out of 3/8 horse mats. They come from the farm store in 4'x6' sheets, smooth on one side and dimpled on the other. A good carpenter's knife works well to cut clean.

ShaneV
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