Little League Baseball Playing Field Dimension Requirements


Little League Baseball

The recipient of an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, Scott Bushley held financial analyst roles with Sunflower Capital Partners and Atlantic Trust before joining BNY Mellon Investment Management in an executive capacity in 2007. Now a partner responsible for finance and business operations at Granite Point Capital, Scott Bushley enjoys coaching youth baseball in his free time.

To ensure competition is even across all levels and age groups, Little League Baseball employs a number of stringent rules and regulations. Playing field dimensions are of particular importance. For the Major division and below, the infield should be a 60-foot square, whereas the distance from home plate to the nearest fence or other obstruction between the two foul poles should be at least 200 feet.

From there, the pitcher’s mound should be 6 inches higher and 46 feet away from the back edge of home plate. There also should be at least 25 feet of open space between the fence and home plate as well as all base lines. Second base is required to be 84 feet and 10 inches in a straight line from home plate, while first base is 60 feet from home down the right side of the base line. Third base, meanwhile, should be measured 60 feet down the left side of the base line from home plate. The distance between first and third, then, should be the same as that from home to second (84 feet and 10 inches).