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Discussion: Batters Box Dimensions/Layout

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July 18, 2012
surf88
Men's 60
901 posts
Batters Box Dimensions/Layout
I'm playing in a local league end of the season tournament and the recreation director has been chalking the boxes a bit different from what we have seen. Perhaps you can guide me to some diagrams/site locations, etc.

We use a mat and the back chalk lines are only 4-6 inches behind the back of the mat. The front chalk lines go way forward toward the pitcher. Am I crazy or does this seem a bit off the accuracy chart to you?

Thanks
Ed Andrews
ed@ewandrews.com
(970) 729-3145
July 18, 2012
paul0784
Men's 60
142 posts
The batter's box when the mat wasn't there was four feet from the point where the plate starts to taper back and three feet back from same point making a 7' batter's box. So, yes you did have more room in front than back. Not real sure with the mat in place? Can't imagine it would be different?
July 18, 2012
paul0784
Men's 60
142 posts
surf88
http://www.azsoftball.org/misc/2006/Misc/05.softball.umpire.rulebook.pdf


try this link
Ruke 2 The Playing Field

Hope this helps?
July 18, 2012
BruceAZ
Men's 60
95 posts
Ed, SSUSA has their Rule book on this website. Go to the top of the page, Tournaments Tab, then Rules. Go to Page 103. Paul was right, the box is 7ft x 3ft. With the Mat, the back line of the Batter's box should be 10 inches behind the Mat and the front line should be 39.5 inches in front of Home Plate/Mat. So yes, the Batter's Box lined out in your league was wrong. It's wrong in most leagues I play in.

Bruce
July 20, 2012
surf88
Men's 60
901 posts
Thanks guys. I'll measure their layout later today.
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