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Field Specifications

The responsibility for the upkeep of the fields at a local Little League program belongs to the local league board of directors. In many areas, the local league has an agreement with a municipality to maintain the fields.

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. A local Little League board of directors may opt to use a 50-foot diamond in the Tee Ball divisions. The distance in all divisions of baseball for 13-year-olds,    is up to 90 feet, with a local league option to shorten the distance to 75 feet for Junior League Baseball and 70 feet for Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division for regular season play.

The pitching distance for divisions of baseball for the Major Division and below is 46 feet. Pitching distance for divisions of baseball for Junior, Senior and Big League Divisions is 60 feet, 6 inches, with a local league option to shorten the distance to 54 feet for Junior League Baseball and 50 feet for Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division for regular season play. The pitching distance for the different divisions of softball are as follows: Minor League: 35 feet; Little League (Majors): 40 feet; Junior, Senior and Big League: 43 feet.

Distance from the back of home plate to the outfield fence is a local league option, but the following distances are recommended: baseball, Major Division and below, 200 feet; Intermediate (50/70) Baseball is 200 feet and Junior, Senior and Big League Divisions, is 300 feet. See playing rules for tournament distances.  For girls softball, all divisions, 200 feet.

All dugouts must be protected by a fence or screen.

Lights, if used, must meet the minimum standards required by Little League. Standards are published in the Operating Manual.

Selection of fields for Tournament Play is solely the responsibility of the District Administrator(s) for levels below regional.

Contact your regional headquarters if you have further questions.