How do you prepare for a softball field?
A Complete Pre-Game Softball Field Preparation Checklist
- Remove any field covers or tarps, and store away.
- Make sure all field maintenance equipment, such as rakes, hoses, tarps and utility vehicles are in good working condition.
- Walk the entire field and look for any ruts, holes or crevices that need to be filled.
Can you drag a wet baseball field?
Never leave the field “loose” from scarifying or tilling if heavy rains are expected and the field is to be used soon. Rain will penetrate and accumulate in the infield mix. Instead, firm or roll the infield tight so excess rain will shed and follow natural drainage.
How often should you drag a baseball field?
A screen drag should be used after every game or practice. Screen drags come in a variety of sizes and configurations; the largest types tend to sling more material when turning, so avoid using very large or heavy screen drags. Some screen drags are fitted with a leveling bar in front (Figure 3).
How do you drag an infield nail?
Use the following components to build your nail drag:
- Build with 2″x4″ boards.
- Pre-drill straight holes for nails.
- Use 40 penny nails.
- Use 1″x4″ to cover 2″x4″ on top to hold in nails.
- Use eye bolts and a chain for fulling.
- Stagger nails 1″ apart and have 2 rows in each board.
What does a nail drag do?
The two reasons for nail dragging on a game day are: To get all the cleat and traffic marks cleaned up from the previous day. To ‘set up’ the infield surface for the game.
How do I make my infield softer?
Too Soft Drag with a steel-link mat. Add weight to help compact the soil. If the sand content is too high or if the clay content is too low the soil may need to be modified. One remedy may be to add light layers of heavier clay soil and mix into the the soil profile until the right mix is achieved.
What is the size of a softball batters box?
The batter’s boxes, one on each side of home plate, shall measure 3 feet by 7 feet, including the lines. The outer edge of the lines of the batter’s box shall be 6 inches from home plate.
How wet is too wet for baseball?
If there’s standing water on 5% of the infield, it’s TOO WET for play! If your shoe leaves an impression like these, it’s TOO WET for play! The most important mistake to avoid is the removal or movement of infield mix. A level field will drain better and have fewer puddles.