Becoming a MLB Groundskeeper
Make any necessary repairs caused by vandalism, litter and winter weather. A good mowing strategy is to mow early and often when grass grows 50 percent higher than the optimal turf length. If you want two-inch grass, mow turf when it reaches three inches. Cutting more than one-third of healthy grass damages plant health. Groundskeeping involves caring for turf and areas of dirt or clay in the infield, at home-plate and in dugout areas.
During the spring, you should identify any high or low areas that need adjusting, fill holes and repair sliding pits. Before adding clay or soil, mix the new material with existing dirt to get a homogenous blend. Keep current by inspecting your field throughout the season so that you know immediately what kind of postseason or maintenance work will be required. Preparing during the preseason in early spring helps to ensure healthy turf and better use of equipment, material and labor resources.
Your field of dreams might not have a big budget, but you can get results like the pros by following spring maintenance tips and organizing your groundskeeping responsibilities.
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Discover why you need to use a plastic fan rake instead of a metal fan rake when raking your grass edge. The secret to knowing how long to wait before your sod is finally ready for you to play on it. Five questions you need to ask about your field before ordering more baseball dirt. Learn the correct sand or clay mix to use that will get you good bounces and firm footing. Your guide has enabled me to improve the fields that my son played on at Tustin Eastern Little League and Troy High School over the past 8 years.
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Four questions you should ask your players before you change your infield dirt mix. The 1 mistake that will absolutely force your pitcher to quit.
Discover the secret of how to level your turf subsurface for a perfectly smooth infield. The most important skill you'll ever learn in sports field care. An overlooked technique to use if you want to get your field to the next level. Discover the biggest mistake made when aerating and how you can avoid it. How to fix the gaps if your sod pieces shrink and leave gaps. Discover the most common mistakes made with your infield layout. I just want to compliment you on your work.
It's full of all kinds of great advice and resources that are hard to find anywhere. As a head varsity baseball coach, I know that how my field looks and plays is a large part of my program's pride. Find out the secret to getting the most out of what you put into baseball field maintenance. Discover the one thing that is the biggest obstacle to your field improvement projects.
Learn how to avoid the biggest problem most people make when watering their grass. Trying hard isn't good enough. Find out why you need to master this as well. Why you should avoid using decomposed granite if at all possible.
Master the technique the pros use to give your turf a perfectly straight edge. Learn the simple change that easily could have prevented lip buildup at your grass edge. Knowledge of this potential problem will enable you to keep your steam roller from freezing up and coming to complete stop in the middle of rolling your infield dirt. PLUS a very important baseball field maintenance technique to keep your base path from developing a lip when you drag or remove standing water.
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Sample Baseball Field Projects In this special report 31 pages I show you how to get the most out of what you put into your field renovation and upgrade projects so you too can have a winning sports field.
Your best plan will be the result of doing a little homework to identify and prioritize your improvement efforts. The field audit or assessment checklist is the tool to use. In this report I show you a real life example of using the audit to identify action required. Then I show you how to put together the list of tools and supplies needed and how to outline your actual work day so you know exactly what you are going to be doing. Then I finish out this special report with detailed sample projects that are typical across all levels of play.
You will more than likely find samples that fit your needs. You can then use these as starters and customize them specifically for you. And lastly, these checklists and project plans are great tools for communicating with your director, board, or volunteers.
It can also help with your budget planning and getting everyone on board with common expectations. Preparation — designs, stencils, turf readiness, field location and size 2. Turf care and mowing with a logo 5. Tips, hints, mistakes to avoid. Game Day Preparation with the Seattle Mariners In this special report 61 action packed pages you will learn: Some of the things you will learn include the following: See how they take care of their bluegrass field in the pacific northwest during pleasant 70 degree days.
So, how do you identify and prioritize your improvement efforts? What should you spend your time and money on? And how do you know the projects you pick to work on really keep your sports field safe and playable for your players?
The answer is to use an audit or assessment checklist. As you go through the list and its components, ask yourself if your field has that problem. If so, you can identify what you will do about it. Once you walk out on your ballpark and fill out the assessment you can then see the priority areas and consider what it will take to improve it.
Start to identify the work and tools and materials, if any, that are needed for the fix. Then you can begin to formulate a schedule and your workday. But I am getting ahead of myself. Work day planning is a whole other topic in a different special report.
The audit checklist is designed for you to print it out and take it with you as you walk your ball park. Take notes and write your comments and thoughts.
Then return to your office or work area and take a look at the findings and your own recommendations. This is a great tool for communicating with your director, board, or boss. It can help with budget planning and work planning. I personally try to use this audit in late fall or early winter for the spring budget planning and again in the mid summer for the fall ball planning. How To Get the Winning Edge In this special report 77 pages I show you not only how to keep a nice, neat turf edge, but I also show you how to fix those horrible edges that exist on most every youth baseball field.
This one thing that is responsible for more field induced injuries than anything else. It is responsible for more field caused errors than anything else. It causes more lost games than any other field problem. It is the edge where the turf and the dirt meet. A bad edge causes bad hops, sprained ankles, strained knees. And it causes players to shy away from fielding a ball anywhere near the edge.