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The maintenance of softball fields is very similar to baseball fields. Although
similar, there are several issues regarding the maintenance procedures of
infields, mounds and plate areas that vary. The next couple of tips of the day will focus on softball fields!
TIP: Due to the large area of clay, the infields require extensive dragging and shaping to reduce low spots.
Today’s tip of the day is an example of a fall annual checklist! Remember, in addition to a daily field maintenance plans, it is a good idea to also have annual field maintenance checklists.
1. Perform soil and tissue tests
2. Aerate the field
3. De-thatch or verticut turf
4. Over-seed and top dress the field
5. Fertilize the field
6. Apply post-emergent herbicides
7. Add ground limestone every other year
8. Complete renovations or reconstruction projects if needed
Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) today announced the awarding of third quarter grants totaling more than $215,000 to six communities across the country, including: Gary, Indiana; Gonzales, Louisiana; Miami, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Portland, Maine; and Reidsville, Georgia. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a program formed by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, promotes the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses.
TIP: In addition to daily field maintenance plans, it is a good idea to also have annual field maintenance checklists, today’s annual checklist is for spring!
Annual Field Maintenance Checklist
1. Perform soil and tissue tests
2. Aerate the field
3. Top dress the field
4. Fertilize the field
5. Apply pre-emergent herbicides
6. Clean, paint or repair dugouts, fencing, bleacher areas and field signs
Field maintenance tip of the day: It is a good idea to have a game day written field maintenance plan, here’s an example of a checklist to use!
Day of Game Routine:
1. Remove tarpaulins
2. Mow the grass
3. Scarify the skinned areas with a spiker
4. Drag the skinned areas smooth
5. Water the infield area
6. Sweep and clean dugouts
7. Set the chalk lines and mark officially
8. Place the batting practice pitcher’s mat on the mound
9. Place the safety screens: pitcher, first base and second base
10. Paint or wash bases, pitching plate and home plate
11. Prepare the bullpens
12. Hang flags on the foul line poles and flagpole
13. Check the operation of the field lights
14. Check the operation of the scoreboard
15. Prepare the press box and operation of the public address system
16. Check the operation of the electrical equipment in the concession stand
17. Clean and prepare the locker rooms and umpire rooms
18. Dispose of trash found in and around field and bleacher areas
Here’s another example of a set maintenance checklist!
Daily field maintenance checklist for after practices and games.
TIP: Daily Routine after Practice and Games:
1. Remove the bases and cover the base anchor sleeves
2. Drag the skinned areas and baselines
3. Recondition the mound and home plate area and cover areas with tarps
4. Recondition the bull pen mound and home plate area
5. Replace and tamp any loose divots in turf areas
6. Dispose of trash in and around field and bleacher areas
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.
Hershey museum to pay tribute to All American Girls Professional Baseball League
Lebanon Daily News (PA)
July 17, 2010
A tribute to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and the Negro League Baseball Association will open in August at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey.
“All American Girls Professional Baseball League and Their Buses” will be a new display for the month along with an encore presentation of the “Buses of the Negro Leagues Baseball Teams,” which was originally displayed in February at the museum.
The Museum of Bus Transportation, which displays 12 vintage buses on the museum’s lower level, has arranged this special exhibit.
By the fall of 1942, many minor league teams disbanded because young men were being drafted into the armed services to fight in World War II. The fear that this pattern would continue and that Major League Baseball parks across the country were in danger of collapse prompted Philip K. Wrigley, the chewing-gum mogul who had inherited the Chicago Cubs’ Major League Baseball franchise from his father, to search for a possible solution, according to a news release from the museum. Wrigley asked Ken Sells, assistant to the Chicago Cubs’ general manager to head a committee to come up with ideas. The committee recommended a girls’ softball league be established to be prepared to go into Major League parks should attendance fall.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League gave more than 600 women athletes the opportunity to play professional baseball and to play it at a level never before attained. The league operated from 1943 to 1954 and represents one of the most unique aspects of our nation’s baseball history. Like the teams of the Negro League Baseball Association, the women’s teams traveled to their away games in buses. The museum’s display includes uniforms and posters about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the Negro Leagues Baseball Teams along with memorabilia of the individual teams and similar vintage buses that the teams rode in during that time.