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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.
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.