The pitching distance for an 11-year-old is anywhere between 46 – 50 feet. No pitcher should appear in the same game for three consecutive days, no matter the pitch count.
A pitching distance 46 feet (with 60-foot base path) is standard for Little League divisions where the players are 12 and under.
Field and Equipment info:
Regulations may vary by organization, but these are typical guidelines for 11U: Pitching Mound Distance (feet): 50. Distance between bases (feet): 70.
(Typically 46-50’ Pitching Distance)
|Age||Daily Max (Pitches in Game)||4 Days Rest|
Distance from the front of the pitching rubber to the back point of home plate: 46 feet. Pitching mound height: 6 inches for younger players below the age of 11; 8 inches for older players 11-13 years old. Pitching mound diameter: 10 feet. Pitching rubber: 18 inches long.
Generally, the distance between base paths on fields for 12-year-olds and below in baseball and in all divisions of softball is 60 feet.
The front of the pitching rubber must be 60 feet 6 inches from the apex (point) of home plate and the top of the rubber should be 10 inches above home plate.
All bases will be considered open. Base runners may lead-off from all bases and advance in accordance with the rules of baseball. Only 9 defensive players are allowed on the field at one time.
Players who turn 12 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 5th grade. Also, any player turning 13 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 11u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
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|5U (2017 birthday)|
|6U (2016 birthday)|
|7U (2015 birthday)|
Pitching velocity by age in the U.S.
|Age||Average Velocity¹||Your Goal²|
|8||39 MPH||40 MPH|
|9||44 MPH||45 MPH|
|10||47 MPH||50 MPH|
|11||52 MPH||55 MPH|
The league age pitch counts for Little League Baseball® are as follows: Ages 13-16 – 95 pitches per day. Ages 11-12 – 85 pitches per day. Ages 9-10 – 75 pitches per day.
12-year-olds should stick to throwing fastballs and change-ups. Throwing other pitches, like curveballs or sliders, can place unnecessary pressure on a young pitcher’s shoulder. This pressure on the shoulder has the potential to cause shoulder issues in the future.
Pitchers in the Little League World Series throw fastballs 60-70+ mph. Only a few pitchers touched 70+ mph in 2015 and 2016. One man-child hit 81 mph on the radar. This velocity is almost unhittable from 46 feet and extremely rare for a 13 year old.
The average fastball velocity for pitchers 10 years old and younger is between 40-50 mph. The average change up speed for this age group is about 10 mph slower, putting the velocity between 30-40 mph. Pitchers in this age group are playing in the Majors division in Little League.
In 13U baseball, the pitching distance is 50 feet for the 13U 50/80 division and 60 feet for the 13U 60/90 division. Part of the reason these divisions get their name has to do with how far pitchers are throwing from the mound to home plate.
Boys and girls of ages 12 and up can start playing with the conventional 90-foot diamond size and a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. The Junior League focuses on 12- to 14-year-olds, the Senior League looks at 14- to 16-year-olds and the Big League is for up to age 18.
Run a line from the center point on the backstop, through the apex and over pitcher’s mound to place second base on center. The distance to measure is from the apex of home plate to the center of second base.
How Far is the Pitcher’s Mound for 8 Year Olds? The Little League pitching distance for 7 and 8 year olds is 42 feet from the home plate. The benefit of having a shorter distance means children are able to throw more strikes.
To balance the pitchers and batters, the National League voted 9-2 on March 7, 1893, to move the pitcher back to the current distance of 6 feet, 6 inches. Prior to 1888 pitchers were just 50 feet from the batter, but this was balanced by the requirement to pitch underhanded [softball style].
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In modern baseball, an ERA under 2.00 is considered exceptional and is rare. An ERA between 2.00 and 3.00 is also considered excellent and is only achieved by the best pitchers in the league. An ERA between 3.00 and 4.00 is above-average.
1 Example: In the 7U – 14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of three (3) innings in one (1) day and still legally pitch the next day. If the player pitches three and one-third (3 1/3) or more innings in one (1) day, the player cannot legally pitch the next day.