When throwing BP to my son (11U, 5’7", 145 lbs), 46.5’ feels to close for safety. I feel like any pitch in the hitting zone will be driven back through the box (which happens all the time), smashes off my temple (happened once) and ricottes into the 1st base duugout, leaving me blanked out on the ground at the mound (doesn’t feel good, either). So, I land every pitch with my glove protecting my face. To me, it’s not safe pitching at LL distance.
Assuming his growth pattern remains constant for the next year, he’ll be 5’10" and 155/160 lbs hitting line drives back to the pitcher standing 46.5’ away.
My feeling is the mound for youth pitching should be moved back to 50’ for the pitcher’s safety. I know I have fear of being knocked out when I’m pitching at 46.5’.
Anyone else have these fears?