How to Layout Homeplate
Preparing to build a field starts with homeplate. The entire ballpark is determined by where the back tip of homeplate is located. orientation is always discussed as an issue and what MLB recommends is a direction fo North-Northeast which works fine for ballparks North of the 3o latitude. Homeplate areas vary in size typically they are 26 ft in diameter however many make them larger to 30ft to reduce turf wear and tear. Again 26ft is a recommendation. The actual home plate is made of rubber and has five points. A regulation home plate is a 17-inch square with two corners of the square removed. The dimensions of home plate are 17 in. by 8½ in. by 8½ in. by 12 in. X 12 in. The home plate is set into the ground with the point at the intersection of the lines that extend from home plate to first base and third base. The 17 in. side of the plate faces the pitcher. The two 12 in. sides face the first and third baselines. The top edge of the home plate should be bevelled (have a slanted edge). Home plate is set into the ground, level with the ground. The homeplate should be a smooth slab of white rubber. The Schutt Bury-All type home plate is the most used throughout North America for higher level play.