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Fall Maintenance Checklist
|Perform soil and tissue tests|
|Aerate the field|
|De-thatch or verticut turf|
|Over-seed and top dress the field|
|Fertilize the field|
|Apply post-emergent herbicides|
|Add ground limestone every other year|
|Complete renovations or reconstruction projects if needed|
Invest in a few key signs to help educate and encourage everyone to pitch in. The slideshow above contains a few helpful signs we’ve seen in facilities around the country.
To end the week, here’s the last softball field maintenance tip of the day!
Due to the large size of the softball infield, irrigation systems are installed to irrigate the infield clays.
TIP: An automatic irrigation system will allow more time for the ground crew to focus on the mound, home plate and dragging requirements.
Here’s another softball field maintenance tip of the day!
TIP: The depth of a warning track on a softball field is normally 10 feet.
Softball field maintenance tip of the day!
TIP: The home plate area is also treated the same as on a baseball field, as
softball and baseball players dig similar holes during the course of play.
Follow the same maintenance procedure for the home plate, mound and
Learn a little more about two of BTF’s third quarter grant recipients, the Orlando After-School All-Stars and the South Florida After School All-Stars.
After-School All-Stars: Comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk youth.
Orlando After-School All-Stars (Orlando, FL): The local chapter of a national program serves 1,600 children from Orlando middle schools.
The grant will provide funding to increase the number of players in the summer and fall leagues of the organization’s Youth Baseball Development League, a free baseball program to middle school, at-risk children.
South Florida After School All-Stars (Miami, FL): The South Florida After School All-Stars program is the local chapter of a national program that provides year-round, school-based academic, enrichment and health programs to middle school students.
The grant will provide funding for the development of its first organized sports program, which will be a baseball league with partner M-E Baseball, a local recreational youth baseball league.
Friday field maintenance tip of the day!
The pitcher’s mound is flat and requires similar maintenance as a baseball
TIP: Watering the clays and packing the mound is important after use.
Learn a little more about one of BTF’s third quarter grant recipients, the Northshore Amateur Sports Academy, Inc.
Northshore Amateur Sports Academy, Inc. (Gary, IN) was established in 2005 to provide year-round educational and recreational opportunities in the community. The academy provides baseball and softball camps and clinics, an all-sport camp and workshops to more than 800 children.
The grant will provide funding for equipment and player and coaches training material to support a learning and resource center, a groundskeeping academy for youth and coaches training and a college readiness program.
Check out the BTF Website to learn how your organization can apply for a grant!
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.