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Beacon Ballfields Weekly Posts ! (Jan’18)

Jan. 15, 2018       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

A Refresher on Infield Skin Topdressing — Topdressing is a thin layer of material designed to stay loose and resist compaction. The layer should be between ¼” to ½” in depth. Any deeper and it will negatively affect ball bounce and player traction. The topdressing layer has many benefits to the infield. Most importantly, it assists in moisture management and provides resiliency on the surface of the skin. It allows you to re-enter infields sooner after a rain and gives you the capability to add more water to the infield skin without making a muddy mess, provided you are working with a proper base soil for your infield.

An infield skin topdressing works much like mulch in a garden — it shades the base soil from direct sunlight, which helps to slow the evaporation process from drying out the base soil. The base soil is where you want your moisture on your infield to reside in order to provide resiliency to the infield surface. The composition of your topdressing will also help this process as well. Different topdressings do different things. Some absorb a lot of water, others absorb little, if any at all…. Read the rest of Paul Zwaska’s “refresher” at Ballfields.comA Refresher on Infield Skin Topdressing

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Jack Corbett MLB Base Set  SAVE 10%

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  The real big league base. Original Hollywood Jack Corbett™ Bases have been used by MLB® since 1939 and are the exclusive bases of MLB®. Set of 3.  (Valid thru Jan. 21, use code JACK10during checkout)

 Cocoa Mat Hand Drag  SAVE 10%

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  A perfect finish. The Cocoa Mat Hand Drag seemingly floats over topdressing for a pro-style finish — without displacing topdressing or soil. (Valid thru Jan. 21, use code MAT10 during checkout)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — 5-spiked Economy Home Plate — SAVE $10!  — 3/4″ heavy molded rubber homeplate. Includes 5 screw-in spikes. Brand-new condition. Quantities are limited… Reg. $29, NOW $19

The 2018 Catalog is Available Now…

If you need it for your field, you’ll find it here. Request your copy of The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our new 2018 catalog is now available and it feature a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long.

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Local veteran seeks donations for sports park !

WAKARUSA, Kan. (WIBW) — Max Cohen, Director of Heroes Memorial Sports Park Inc., wants to create a sports park where other veterans can enjoy their time peacefully with their families on his plot of land in Wakarusa.

“I have PTSD and a lot of other veterans have PTSD, so I kind of know what they’re looking for,” Cohen said. “To be able to get out and spend time with their kids and not worry about bad things happening.”

Cohen said Heroes Memorial Park will include camping areas, cabins, bath houses and other entertainment facilities.

Heroes Memorial Sports Park Inc. is a non-profit organization. They’re looking for donations to make Cohen’s idea come to life.

“It’s just something I feel I have to do,”Cohen said. “Leave something behind that a lot of people in the future will be able to really enjoy.”

Cohen adds that he want a “peaceful place” for veterans to enjoy their time with their families.

The project is split into 4 phases totaling more than $800,000. Phase 1 will cost $20,000 alone.

“We’re just hoping people see what’s going on and will like to donate to us so we can get this project done.

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Petoskey’s MI. Winter Sports Park !

Petoskey’s MI. Winter Sports Park !

    Tucked behind the hills, just out of sight from U.S. 31 on the north side of Petoskey on Winter Park Lane, is the Petoskey Winter Sports Park. Maintained and operated by the Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation, the Winter Sports Park is a throw back to a Norman Rockwell setting. Featuring a sledding hill, a ski hill with tow rope, one of the largest outdoor skating rinks in the state,  a hockey rink and a large modern warming building — all accessible free of charge — locals and visitors take advantage of the park whenever it is open. Many former residents return with their children and grandchildren to enjoy the small hometown feel, especially for the holidays. We spent an afternoon at the park during the recent holiday week.