For baseball and softball fanatics (you know who you are), the pitching mound is more than just a patch of dirt. It’s the focal point- for better or worse- of the game. Countless young athletes- mine included- see themselves on that elevated platform throwing curveballs, sliders, and strikeouts. But all of that precision requires practice, and practice requires trips to the field or batting/ pitching cages. What if you could have that practice anywhere, anytime right in your backyard? Hello, portable pitching mound – the game-changer for players and coaches (and mom chauffeurs!)
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Convenience is King
There are plenty of reasons to buy a portable pitching mound, but top of my list is convenience. Moms- imagine if you didn’t have to chauffeur your budding athlete to various ends of the city for baseball practice? It’s mind boggling, I know, just thinking of all the gas you would save and the dozens of other things you could be doing around the house while your son practices his pitching. A portable pitching mound takes commuting, scheduling and bad weather out of the equation. We broke down a few years ago and bought one and it’s been wonderful! Especially for those afternoons when he is bored and has endless energy to burn off!
Repetition is Key
Like any other honed skill in life, repetition is key. If you want to be a skilled pitcher who consistently throws a wicked slider, you better throw thousands and thousands of pitches to hone that muscle memory. Whereas pitching mounds at different ballparks can be uneven and vary from field to field, a portable pitching mound offers a controlled environment, helping to develop a repeatable pitching motion and establishing muscle memory. This consistent base translates to better mechanics and sharper throws.
One Mound, Multiple Uses
While I love the convenience and built-in repetition of our portable pitching mound, I also love that it doubles as a catching and throwing space for field players. Kids rarely specialize at a young age so my son can use it for practice throws as a first baseman and he can work on footwork and receiving throws when he plays catcher. It’s great when he has friends too over because they trade off playing pitcher and catcher.
Enough about the benefits of owning a portable pitching mound. Let’s get to the heart of the matter- what are the different kinds?
Types of Mounds
Before you purchase a portable pitching mound you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions.
- How old is my son and how long will he realistically use this?
- Will it stay in the backyard or inside a garage or other indoor space?
- Do I plan to transport it from my house to parks/ tournaments/ other locations or will it stay in one place? “Portable” is a subjective term here.
- How much do I want to spend on it?
Answering these questions will help narrow down your options. If you are looking for a mound that is durable, affordable, and easy to use, Portolite is a good choice. So is Riifrily and Titan. True Pitch is the original portable pitching mound company, and while they are known for their durability, their price tag speaks to that. Athalonz is another well known brand because of the more realistic feel and performance of their mounds, but their price tag is also high.
Mounds range between 4 inches and 10 inches so we’ll start with a few 4 inch options.
4 inch Portable Pitching Mounds
These 4 inch mounds are the lightest, least expensive and meant for kids 5-10 years old. Some are rectangular like this Riifrily one and some are rounded like this Portolite one. Most portable pitching mounds this size will weigh around 25 lbs.
6 inch Portable Pitching Mounds
The next size up is the 6 inch mound. These are meant for athletes 10-14 years old. Like its smaller counterpart, these mounds come in round and rectangular shapes but because they are larger, they also come in 1 piece and 2 piece sets. If you plan on moving it at any point, I would suggest this folding one with a handle.
8 inch and 10 inch Portable Pitching Mounds
Both sizes are meant for athletes 15 and older as one might expect, weigh a lot more and carry a more hefty price tag. Weighing around 50 lbs, these “portable” pitching mounds make you think twice before moving them.
Owning a portable pitching mound isn’t just about convenience, it’s about investing in your child’s passion. It’s about providing an opportunity for your budding athlete to discover and unleash his inner ace anywhere, anytime. So, step up to the plate, grab your portable mound, and let the pitching journey begin! Just make sure you have a net to catch those balls!
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