(quote) Sam-427739 said: This falls under the category of "stuff I didn't realize I had to forbid."
OK, my son loves all things baseball and is actually quite good. (I take no credit for this, since I have no athletic ability whatsoever.) I come outside this beautiful summer evening and see my kid, wearing his cleats, pitching off the new mound he's made IN THE YARD, straight into the net he has set up for the purpose. The rake, shovel and a tape measure are nearby, mute testimony to the thought and effort he put into the project. I told Paul I admire his ingenuity, but the neighbors are going to kill us. I let him leave it for tonight. I will decide the fate of the pitching mound tomorrow.
Never a dull moment around here!
Sam, my former house was on a bit of a slope and I envisioned a beautiful rock garden and flowers. It was the best little hill in the neighborhood, and was a great spot for the younger kids to sled after school in the winter. On any decent day with good snow the kids congregated there with their sleds. I never did put that rock garden in. My former husband still lives in the house, the next generation sleds there now, including my granddaughter when she visits from out of state. Your son will be grown soon, and the mound will be a memory in the past. As long as you don't have a neighborhood association and you don't care what it looks like I bet he will have many memories of pitching on his own personal pitchers mound.