

70' base distance
Hi,
Does someone have access to a rulebook to find out the distance from the point of HP to the center of the 2nd base bag for the 70' base distance? Thanx.
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98' 11 15/16"
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c^2 = a^2 + b^2 (where c is the hypotenuse and a & b are the other two sides) For a ball diamond, c = distance to 2B, and a = b = base distance. So c = SQRT(70^2 + 70^2) No need for the rule book. 


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98 feet, 11 and 15.0304 sixteenths inches.
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Now you are assuming the P&R people got it right.
A couple years ago a team hosted a FP tournament on a SP complex. When they laid the fields and drop the circles, one field had the PP inside the circle (FP was still at 40'). A couple of us asked if they doublechecked the FP PP and were assure they were correct. Come to find out that the P&R folks just picked up the old PP and put them down where they "thought" they belonged when SP went to 50'. Don't EVER trust anyone else's work without doublechecking it.
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She had been telling him all game that 2B wasn't where it was supposed to be. Coach didn't believe her, and I was skeptical, but looked anyway. The more I looked, the easier it was to spot. 2B was ablmost 6' (yes feet) further in OF than it should have been. Grounds crew and P&R guys though I was a nut, "been there since the field was built" and "was laid out with a laser" but they finally did come out for a look, then quietly came back with a tape. Seems this field was built 6 years prior, and 2B was in the same spot all that time! I listen better to 10 year old kids now! 


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Here's a fun thing. This is also the distance between the outside far corners of 1st and 3rd base. If this distance is short (long), the distance from the point of home plate to the center of second base will be long (short) by the same amount. If it's not, you have other problems such as not placing the bases as noted by mbcrowder. 


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I thought this was geometry, BTW. In any case, the diameter of a spike being driven to measure the distance(s) is enough to convince me to remember this distance as a skosh short of 99'. Thanx for the replies and bringing back the nightmares of HS math!
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Hey...I just learned that a skosh equals .9696 inches.....
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I think your skosh is way too long. The distance is short of 99' by a mere 1/16 of an inch.
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THAT'S a skosh.
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