May 10, 2017 • 4 min read
In many youth baseball leagues, there simply isn’t a budget for field maintenance. The league and its players rely on the generosity of coaches and volunteers to help get the field ready and in safe playing condition. It’s a true community effort that helps kids come together to play ball, have fun and learn valuable life lessons and skills through sports.
Of course, while youth baseball coaches and volunteers have the best intentions, they aren’t always experienced field managers. There’s a lot that goes into properly maintaining a baseball field. One of the biggest hazards in youth baseball is often the field itself—a lack of proper field maintenance could put players at risk for a serious injury.
That’s why it’s so important for all involved in maintaining the baseball field to take the time to learn the basics of athletic field maintenance. This way, everyone can do their part to provide safe, sustainable playing grounds for baseball. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Before players step onto the field, someone needs to examine the field to make sure it is safe for play. If the field is too wet or muddy, for example, players could easily slip, twist an ankle or otherwise hurt themselves. Likewise, if the field has any ruts or holes, those are hazards that would need to be addressed before the field could be deemed playable.
After every practice and every game, a coach or parent volunteer should walk the field and make sure it is completely cleaned. Any debris from the field, dugouts, sidelines and stands needs to be removed so that it doesn’t blow around on the field and cause a mess. A clean field is important for player safety.
Not all field maintenance can be saved for just before or just after the game. There are some key tasks that will need to be performed during off times to ensure the field is kept in pristine condition. Coaches, parents, players and other volunteers need to work together to create a field maintenance schedule, assigning people to complete these essential tasks:
Together, everyone can help create a beautiful, safe baseball field for young athletes!
Shana Brenner is the Marketing Director of CoverSports, an American manufacturer of long-lasting, tough covers for gymnasiums and athletic fields.