Well, instead of all the “my league is better” sloganeering going on here, I decided to get some hard facts and compare the Little League and Pony League diamonds for 12-and-under players.
[b]Little League base and pitching dimensions are:
- 60 ft bases and 46 ft pitching (12 & under)
Pony League base and pitching dimensions are:
- 55 ft bases and 38 ft pitching (7 & 8 year olds)
- 60 ft bases and 44 ft pitching (9 & 10 year olds)
- 70 ft bases and 48 ft pitching (11 & 12 year olds)[/b]
So my 8 year old son, who is right now pitching from a 46 ft mound in Little League, would be moved to a significantly closer 38 ft mound were he in Pony League!
How is it again that a closer mound in Pony for my son – 38 ft versus 46 ft in Little League – is “more like the major leagues”, as you all like to say?
It’s not, of course. By playing in Little League, my son is pitching closer to the major league distance than he would be were he pitching in Pony League: a 46 ft mound is closer to 60 ft than is a 38 ft mound, after all.
In fact, were my son in Pony League, he would be pitching from a closer mound not just this year when he’s 8 (38 ft), but for the next two years as well, when he’ll be 9 and 10 (44 ft).
Only in years 11 and 12 is the Pony League mound farther away than the Little League mound, and then only by 2 feet (48 ft versus 46 ft).
I’m not knocking Pony League.
But the sloganeering about how “great” and “close to the majors” Pony League is simply is not borne out by the facts.
In fact, during most of the Little League years (12 and under), Pony League provides a shorter pitching mound!
That doesn’t sound so “major league” to me.