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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( Nov. ’17 ) !

NOVEMBER 2017        |        BeaconAthletics.com

There’s still time!

Our NOVEMBER SPECIALS offer some outstanding value and are only around through the end of this month…

ProFlex Hose

— SAVE $26-$43! —

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Our most durable and longest lasting hose. This premium 1″ ID PVC hose looks and feels like rubber but the PVC material adds great durability. Long shank machined brass fittings for professional performance. Working pressure up to 150 psi. 50′ or 100′.  — Reg. $175-$285  NOW $149-$242 (thru 11/30/2017)

1″ GH Field Hose

— SAVE $19-$30! —

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours! Improved design: this hose handles a working pressure up to 150 psi. Constructed with a smooth PVC inner tube.— Reg. $125-$199  NOW $106-$169 (valid for 1″ hose only, 50′ or 100′ 1″ thru 11/30/2017)

Pitching and Batting Mat

— SAVE $15 —

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Straight edge 4′ x 6′ mat with 1/2″ nonporous 100% recycled black rubber. Mats are flat on one side with non-skid texture on the other and can be used as either a pitching/batting mat or dugout rubber mat flooring. — Reg. $99  NOW $84 (thru 11/30/2017)

Heavy-Duty CH Anchors

— SAVE $4-$6! —

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Ideal for fields with multiple base lengths. Requires no digging or concrete. Saves time & money while installation only takes minutes.— Reg. $26-$36  NOW $22-$30 (valid for heavy-duty anchors only thru 11/30/2017)

Hollywood Kwik-Release Double 1st Base Set

— SAVE $40! —

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Will compress and then disengagefrom base upon impact, if necessary.  — Reg. $395  NOW $355 (valid for varsity double 1st base set only thru 11/30/2017)

Hollywood Impact® Double 1st Base

— SAVE $24! —

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Patented chevron design allows the base to compress upon impact. Heavy-duty, molded rubber construction. — Reg. $159  NOW $135 (valid for double 1st base only thru 11/30/2017)

Bulldog Field Equipment Pitching Rubber

— SAVE $30! —

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  This is the best pitching rubber ever. You’ll flip for the Bulldog — literally. With a 3 in core center and 40 lbs of rubber — yes, FORTY POUNDS! — you get maximum durability and performance. When you need to, just flip the rubber to another side and you have even more long-lasting performance. This professional quality rubber is designed to outlast any other brand. — Reg. $259  NOW $229 (valid for adult pitching rubber only thru 11/30/2017)

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Water sports park planned for Lake Nona in Orlando, FL !

Nona Adventure Park will feature a solar-powered water ski and wakeboard cable park, an inflatable aqua park, a climbing tower with a ropes course and climbing walls, the Bahamas-based private investment organization said.

Read: Amazon to build mega warehouse in Orlando

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Read: Deputies: At least 2 injured in shooting near Lake Nona

Company officials said the park will also feature a café and a shop where professional equipment can be rented or purchased.

The attraction, which will be built next to the Orlando VA Medical Center, is scheduled to open in the summer and will remain open year-round.

The park will connect to the development’s trails, and discounts will be offered to visitors who don’t use a vehicle to travel to the park, officials said.

Read: Ex-Lake Nona teacher accused of sending inappropriate message to students

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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( Nov. ’17 ) !

Nov. 13, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

Give Me Some Water — I grew up in California, in the San Francisco area. Over the course of the first twenty-five years of my life we experienced a major drought and some other moderate droughts, too. If you have ever lived in an area where water scarcity is a concern, your role as a groundskeeper or sports turf manager becomes heavily scrutinized in a hurry. “Why on earth are you watering dirt?!!!!” Believe me, I heard that loudly a number of times in my teens and early twenties, when I was tending to fields or working as a baseball coach in California. To the novice, the notion of watering around home plate, on the baselines and the infield dirt is about dust control. To the grounds manager on a baseball field, watering dirt is about ensuring that the entire soil profile players hit, pitch, run and field on has sufficient moisture not just on the surface, but through the surface… Read the rest of Larry DiVito’s article about managing moisture on your fields at Ballfields.comGive Me Some Water

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1″ GH Field Hose (50′ or 100′)  SAVE $19-$30

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Improved design, this hose handles a working pressure up to 150 psi. Constructed with a smooth PVC inner tube.  — Reg. $125-$199  NOW $106-$169 (offer valid for the 1″ hose 50′ or 100′ only thru Nov 30)

Hollywood Impact Double 1st Base  SAVE $24

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Patented chevron design allows the base to compress upon impact. Heavy-duty, molded rubber construction. Reg. $159  NOW $135 (valid for single double 1st base only thru November 30)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — Puddle Pump Combo — SAVE $98!  — This is a great opportunity. This exclusive combo includes: the puddle pump and 25′ hose, as well as the quick hose coupling. Pumps muddy water at a rate of 20 gal per minute. Base disc keeps mud out of the pump. Slightly-used condition.Puddle Pump Combo

Fresh specials. Great Deals for November!

Click for great deals and superior value from the Beacon Store. We’re highlighting selected products from The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our motivation is to help you work smarter with innovative products and to help you make your ballfields more playable and safe. We’ve been helping America maintain and improve its fields since 1948. And remember, if you’re not happy, we’re not happy. If something’s not right, we’ll refund your purchase price and pay for the return shipping. We guarantee 100% satisfaction. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

View this month’s specials

Get the Ultimate Ballfield Resource…

If you need it for your field, you’ll find it here. Request your copy today. Our 2017 catalog is a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long.

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Ground broke for disc golf course in Gladstone Sports Park in MI. !

Jordan Beck | Daily Press From left, Ben Hewitt of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department, financial supporter of the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park disc golf course Terry Reynolds, Eric McCabe of Dynamic Course Design, Jason Davis of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department, Jen Tucker of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Robin Holmes of Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club, Robert VanDamme of the Community Foundation for Delta County, and Jon Harris and Rick Elrod of Noc Bay Flyers take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new disc golf course at the Gladstone Sports Park Wednesday afternoon.

Jordan Beck | Daily Press From left, Ben Hewitt of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department, financial supporter of the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park disc golf course Terry Reynolds, Eric McCabe of Dynamic Course Design, Jason Davis of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department, Jen Tucker of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Robin Holmes of Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club, Robert VanDamme of the Community Foundation for Delta County, and Jon Harris and Rick Elrod of Noc Bay Flyers take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new disc golf course at the Gladstone Sports Park Wednesday afternoon.

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GLADSTONE, MI — People involved with efforts to develop a new disc golf course in Gladstone took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the course at the Gladstone Sports Park Wednesday afternoon.

According to Jon Harris, co-chair of Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club, the project has been in the works for well over a year.

“We started discussing this in March of 2016,” he said. Noc Bay Flyers is hoping the course will be ready for public use in late May or early June of 2018.

2010 Disc Golf World Champion Eric McCabe of Dynamic Course Design, who created the layout that will be used for the new course, attended Wednesday’s ceremony.

“About a year ago, I flew out here just to look at some land,”he said. At that time, he and members of Noc Bay Flyers determined the Gladstone Sports Park would be an ideal location for a new disc golf course in the area.

Harris agreed with McCabe’s assessment of the location.

“The Sports Park is just made for disc golf,” he said.

Noc Bay Flyers President Robin Holmes said Gladstone’s new course will be among the best courses in the area.

“It’s (going to) be one of the nicest disc golf courses in Michigan and northern Wisconsin,” he said.

The Sports Park disc golf course should be enjoyable for both veteran and amateur disc golfers, McCabe said.

“All skill levels are (going to) be able to come out and have a good time,” he said. The course will feature a 27-hole layout, with two tee pads and two baskets at each hole.

To fund the establishment of the course, Noc Bay Flyers organized a crowdfunding campaign earlier this fall. This campaign, which had a funding goal of $25,000, was run through Michigan-based website “Patronicity.”

About 170 people and groups contributed more than $27,000 to the campaign — including the Community Foundation for Delta County, which presented its donation of $10,000 during the ceremony.

“This is something that we feel really passionate about,”Community Foundation for Delta County Board Member Robert VanDamme said.

Thanks to this support, the project was awarded a matching grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s “Public Spaces, Community Places” program.

“It was just amazing to see the interest in this whole thing,”Assistant Director of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department Jason Davis said. The city served as a liaison between Noc Bay Flyers and Patronicity.

Davis said he was glad to be able to play a role in bringing the course to the area.

“We’re stoked about having it here in Gladstone,” he said.

Harris gave his thanks to the people who made this project possible.

“This couldn’t have happened without the community (and) the city of Gladstone,” he said.

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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( Nov. ’17 ) !

Nov. 6, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

Pitching Rubbers: It’s hip to be square. In my travels around the U.S. over the years I’ve seen a lot of softball and baseball fields. There is one thing that has always irked me: the astonishing number of fields I’ve seen where the pitching rubber is not square to home plate. Sometimes, it’s not even CLOSE!  I’m talking about fields at all levels, from the MLB all the way down to the youth leagues. Main mounds and bullpens alike are affected here.

While many think having your pitching rubber “close to square” is close enough, please consider this… Read the rest of Paul Zwaska’s article about making sure your pitching rubber is square to home plate on Ballfields.comPitching Rubbers: It’s Hip To Be Square

Visit Ballfields.com frequently for tips & articles andGroundskeeperU.com for online training.

Bulldog Pitching Rubber (adult)  SAVE $30

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  The best pitching rubber you can buy. 40lb of rubber for maximum durability. When you need to, just flip the rubber to another side and you have even more long-lasting performance.  — Reg. $259  NOW $229 (offer valid for adult model only thru Nov 30)

Varsity Kwik-Release Base Set  SAVE $40

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  This base set includes one double 1st base and two bases. Will compress and disengage from base upon impact, when necessary.  — Reg. $395  NOW $355 (valid for varsity with double 1st base set only thru November 30)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — Green Turf On-Deck Circles — SAVE $44!  — On-deck circles were returned due to wrong color. They are 4′ circles with green turf and sold as a pair. Not suitable for metal spikes. Brand-new condition. On-Deck Circles

Fresh specials. Great Deals for November!

Click for great deals and superior value from the Beacon Store. We’re highlighting selected products from The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our motivation is to help you work smarter with innovative products and to help you make your ballfields more playable and safe. We’ve been helping America maintain and improve its fields since 1948. And remember, if you’re not happy, we’re not happy. If something’s not right, we’ll refund your purchase price and pay for the return shipping. We guarantee 100% satisfaction. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

View this month’s specials

Get the Ultimate Ballfield Resource…

If you need it for your field, you’ll find it here. Request your copy today. Our 2017 catalog is a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long.

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