Before the umpire shouts, “Play ball!” it’s a field manager’s job to make sure the baseball field is in the best possible playing condition for the scheduled game time. This goes far beyond the aesthetics of repainting the foul lines and the hitter’s circles. Proper pre-game maintenance is a detailed process that involves making sure the field is truly safe for play so that athletes are protected when they’re putting it all on the line. Continue reading
Grooming your baseball field is about much more than simple aesthetics. Sure, you want your field to look beautiful and professional, but what’s truly important is that your field is safe for play. As a grounds maintenance worker, your top concern should be the safety of the players that will be taking the field, so you can’t afford to cut any corners when it comes to field maintenance. Continue reading
As a grounds manager, it’s your job to make sure your softball field is in the safest, most playable condition possible. Proper softball field grooming is essential to keeping your field in great shape, helping reduce the risk of player injury and creating a beautiful playing environment that shows respect for the revered tradition of the game. Continue reading
Before the athletes are allowed to take the field, it’s important to make sure proper game day field maintenance has been performed. A well-groomed field that meets the Amateur Softball Association’s official rules will ensure fair, safe playing conditions, reducing the risk of injury to the players and creating a beautiful field that is a positive reflection on the game of softball. Continue reading
When it comes to designing your baseball field, it’s important to make sure the layout and dimensions match the level of play the field is being used for (e.g. a Little League field will have different dimensions than a major league field). This helps ensure unbiased, consistent play across fields for athletes, keeping the game fair for all teams. Continue reading
No two softball fields are exactly alike. The type of grass could be different from one field to another. The length of the foul lines could vary slightly between fields. However, when it comes to official softball fields used in high school and college play — there are specific field measurements set forth in the official rules of the International Softball Federation that must be met in order for a field to be used in a regulation game. These predefined dimensions help ensure a consistent, fair playing experience across all fields. Continue reading
Winter is a tough time of year for gym floors. Not only can the drop in temperature affect the floor’s condition in a number of ways, but it also happens to be one of the busiest times of year for various school events, such as basketball games and non-sporting activities like winter dances and holiday parties. Continue reading
When it comes to maintaining athletic facilities during the harsh, frigid months, the conversation is typically focused on protecting baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields, and other outdoor areas exposed to the elements. However, you might not realize it, but the winter season also poses serious risks for your school’s indoor gym flooring. That’s right — just because your gym floor is inside and doesn’t get direct exposure to the elements doesn’t mean that it’s totally safe during these cold months ahead. Continue reading
All across the country, as the temperatures are dropping, baseball fields are clearing out for the winter. It’s the offseason, and for the next few months, players will hang up their cleats until spring comes around. However, while this might be the offseason for the players, the reality is there is no offseason for field managers. Beautiful spring baseball fields are often the result of careful maintenance during the winter.
Winter can be a baseball field’s worst nightmare if proper precautions aren’t taken. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on the turf, and the damage can have long-term ramifications that extend into the spring playing season.
Simply put, you can’t afford to ignore winter maintenance on your baseball field. The good news is that a little effort goes a long way in protecting your baseball field all winter. With that in mind, here are some simple steps you can take to keep your field in good condition throughout the cold offseason so it’s in prime playing condition come springtime.