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Old Wed Mar 17, 2021, 07:24am
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Question Pitchers Plate

We have a school that just put turf in for their baseball and softball fields. They neglected to put pitchers plates in. Their question is "can we paint them on"?

Rule book says "pitchers plate is to be 24 x 6 made of molded rubber or similar material and top surface is to be even with the playing surface".

Is there an exception for turf fields? ex; painted on
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Old Wed Mar 17, 2021, 09:31am
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Well, baseball would require a mound and a rubber. Don't think you can paint a mound on a turf field.

Softball could have a painted on pitcher's plate. I've seen them at some indoor facilities.

I also saw an outdoor multi-purpose field that used a piece of turf about 4' x 10' that had a pitcher's plate embedded. This was so the distance could be adjusted depending upon age level. It required adjusting almost every half-inning as it would slide/shift due to the pitchers landing spot. Not ideal, but allowed for games to be played on that synthetic field.
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Old Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:19pm
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We have a school that just put turf in for their baseball and softball fields. They neglected to put pitchers plates in. Their question is "can we paint them on"?

Rule book says "pitchers plate is to be 24 x 6 made of molded rubber or similar material and top surface is to be even with the playing surface".

Is there an exception for turf fields? ex; painted on
No; they need to add the pitcher's plate. In no case is paint a similar material to a rubber pitchers plate.
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We have a school that just put turf in for their baseball and softball fields. They neglected to put pitchers plates in. Their question is "can we paint them on"?

Rule book says "pitchers plate is to be 24 x 6 made of molded rubber or similar material and top surface is to be even with the playing surface".

Is there an exception for turf fields? ex; painted on
Assuming NFHS rules, no. They cannot paint one in. Rule 1:2:3 clearly spells out the ONLY legal and acceptable form of pitching plate for NFHS. It gives no alternatives, such as with a double first base.
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