Baseball field maintenance is not as easy as it seems. The players run around the diamond on a dirt track surrounded by a grass field. Bleachers allow the fans to watch the game; fences keep outsiders from disrupting the game or damaging the field between games. Each part is integral to a safe and entertaining pastime.
The diamond track must be maintained in order for the players to run safely. The dirt needs to be level and respond appropriately to the runner’s shoes. If the ground is packed and too hard, foot and ankle injuries can result. Too soft or uneven spaces can have the same result.
Drag the dirt at regular intervals with a plastic, metal or nail rake. This will break up dirt clods and kill weeds growing in the space. Use enough water to keep dust from rising, but not enough to create mud. After adding dirt or a rain, using a roller followed by a plastic rake keeps everything smooth.
The fence surrounding the field must be kept intact to prevent animals and people from interfering with the game or causing damage. Broken strands of chain link can cut players’ uniforms and skin. Sections of fence bent inwards at the bottom can catch a player’s feet and cause him or her to crash.
Replace rusted or damaged fence sections as soon as possible to maintain security and the appearance of the field. Fencing around the player’s dugouts and the backstop must be maintained as well.
The bleachers are an integral part of any baseball field maintenance program. The fans must be able to sit comfortably and safely in order to enjoy the game. Inspect and replace any cracked seats. Wooden seats must be maintained by regularly sanding and painting. Plastic or composite seating should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions; broken seats should be replaced promptly. The building structure should be inspected on a quarterly basis. Rusted areas should be sanded and painted; bolts and nuts must be maintained to ensure the safety of the crowds.
With regular baseball field maintenance, fans can watch their favorite pastime in comfort and safety. Field managers often develop a reputation for their ability to develop and maintain great fields. Investing funds into the whole field’s proper maintenance is a wise decision because fewer major repairs are needed and teams will want to play on a good field.