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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
What is needed for bases!
Each field needs the following: three bases, three base plugs and one clean-out tool.
(The clean-out tool is used to clear any soils that may enter the base anchors.)
Today’s field maintenance advice is BTF’s fertilizing tip of the day.
TIP: Make sure to aerate your field before applying fertilizers. This will allow water, oxygen, fertilizers, etc. to enter the soil and roots of your grass.
What is aerating? Aerating: punching holes about 3-4 inches into your field.
Today’s field maintenance tip is about mowing! Starting this afternoon there will be one tip on mowing each day this week!
Tip 1: It is important to train employees on equipment to reduce the potential for damage and ensure safety.
Check back tomorrow for another mowing tip!
Today’s tips is about raking base paths.
Rakes should be used on the base paths (in addition to mainaining them by hand).
TIP: When raking your base paths, do NOT rake across the path. Rake up and down along the length of the path.
Raking across the path can cause a low spot to develop down the middle of the path.
Each year, the Major League Baseball (MLB) Groundskeepers assemble in January to discuss best practices and industry issues. The conference, sponsored by the Toro Company, Covermaster, Inc. and Turface Athletics, includes a field day during which the groundskeepers renovate a youth field in the surrounding community. This unique “day of service” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been a tradition for the MLB groundskeepers for more than 10 years.
This year, Pinellas Park High School in Largo, Florida was selected as the site of a major field renovation as part of the 2010 MLB Groundskeepers Conference in Clearwater Beach, which took place from January 16-18. Groundskeepers from 22 MLB Clubs were in attendance.
The renovation of the baseball field was funded by a $40,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, $15,000 grants from Phillies Charities and the Rays Baseball Foundation, and through equipment, material and labor donations from the MLB Groundskeepers, the Toro Company, Covermaster Inc., Turface Athletics and other local companies.
Beginning in April 2009 and culminating with final touches by the MLB Groundskeepers on January 18, the field renovation involved re-grading the entire field, installing warning tracks, irrigation, wind screen, adding foul poles and a flag pole for installation, re-building home plate and pitchers mounds and building double bullpen mounds. In addition, Pinellas County Schools recently completed the installation of a safety netting system and a Musco Lighting system at the field. The selection of Pinellas Park High School was based on field conditions, use and on-going field maintenance considerations.
The day concluded with a dedication ceremony that included Mike Boekholder, head groundskeeper for the Philadelphia Phillies who spearheaded the renovation, officials from the Pinellas County School District, representatives from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Rays Baseball Foundation, conference sponsors and Field Day contributors.
“We deeply appreciate the support of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the MLB Groundskeepers,” said John Johnston, Pinellas Park High School principal. “Pinellas Park High School has a strong passion and love for the game of baseball. This renovation will make a lasting positive impact on not just our own players, but on players from our community and local little league organizations. We are delighted to team up with Major League Baseball for this field renovation, and we commend them for their commitment to making baseball accessible to everyone.”
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund sends a special thanks to all of the MLB Groundskeepers, Phillies Charities, the Rays Baseball Foundation, conference sponsors and Field Day contributors for supporting youth baseball!