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It is a good idea to have a set maintenance checklist, here is an example for one before practice.
Daily Field Maintenance Checklist:
TIP: Daily Routine before Practice:
1. Remove tarps
2. Water skinned areas and baselines
3. Install the bases
4. Erect safety screens for pitcher, first base and second base
5. Place the batting cage at home plate
Tip of the day:
Providing basic field maintenance checklists to coaches, players and volunteers can ensure proper maintenance of the field!
Check back for examples of checklists to use!
Field maintenance tip of the day: keep the fields clean!
TIP: Players in older age groups can help maintain the fields by removing trash, sweeping dugouts and dragging and lining the field.
Field maintenance tip of the day: aeration
Some aeration machines mechanically drive the tines into the ground. Other aeration machines pull the tines across the field, while the tines penetrate the soil based on the weight of the machine.
TIP: Most turf managers prefer the mechanical approach.
The mechanical machines provide a more even distribution of aeration allowing the depth of the tines to remain constant.
Batting tunnels are often used when the field is too wet for practice or to provide additional hitting practice.
TIP: The average tunnel is 18 feet wide and 80 feet long and 10 feet high. Some batting cages are suspended by cables; although, many batting cage structures are supported with aluminium tubing.
TIP: If using aluminium tubing, the tubing should be covered with foam padding for safety. The netting on batting tunnels is similar to that used on portable batting cages. The cage netting behind the batter requires a much heavier nylon or a pad to stop the thrown or fouled ball during practice sessions.
Field maintenance tip of the day: field signs
TIP: Field signs can be helpful to provide rules of the game or use of the field for the players and public. Field Signs can also be used as a source of revenue to sell sponsors and local businesses.
- Outfield wall distances
- Field rules
Field maintenance tip of the day:
TIP: For sports fields, it is better to fertilize lightly and frequently.
In most cases, fencing for the “perimeter of the field of play” is composed of chain link fencing.
This provides the player with a sense of security allowing him or her to pursue difficult plays without the threat of being injured.
Today’s field maintenance tip of the day is about dugouts!
TIP: Dugout structures should be designed to hold a roster of 20 players plus coaches. This would require a dugout to be at least 60 feet long.
Dugouts are used to protect the players from inclement weather and to provide an area where they can rest while the opposing team is in the field.