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BEACON Ballfields Weekly Field Tips ! ( Apr.’17.)

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April 3, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

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For traditional grass infields, there are really two dragging patterns to consider. The Parallel Drag Pattern is basically following a path parallel to the turf edges of the infield skin, working your way inward. Watch your speed while cornering, slower is better. If you go too fast you’ll toss excess material toward the outer edge of the drag which will pile up in those areas.

The Overlapping Circles Pattern is used in conjunction with the parallel pattern to cross drag the infield for a smoother surface. When dragging in overlapping circles it is very important to go slow. If you go too fast it can cause a “bowling out” of the center of your infield.

You can learn more about dragging patterings at this Groundskeeper University lesson, 104. Infield Skin Game Day Prep: Dragging Patterns…

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A Shooting sports park shot down !

court_gavelCrossville, TN. – Public opposition led the Crossville City Council to vote 3-2 Tuesday night to rescind a contract with a non-profit organization seeking to build a shooting sports park on Albert Frye Rd. off Peavine Rd.

“During the March Work Session and March City Council meetings several members of the community spoke in opposition to the land transfer and have further submitted a petition in opposition to the transfer,” Councilman J.H. Graham III read from a resolution.

“Public objection to the transfer of the property in question has been clearly set forth.”

Graham said he had asked City Attorney William Ridley to prepare the resolution ahead of the special-called meeting, which was not set until 4:15 p.m. the day before.

The council approved the transfer of 146 acres of city-owned land off Albert Frye Rd. to the non-profit organization Crossville Shooting Sports, Inc. Feb. 23 for $1. The deed to the property was set to be conveyed April 1.

That contract specified, “Purchaser understand that Seller is a Government and can only purchase or sale land subject to the requirements of its Charter and State Law. Seller understands and agrees that this contract is subject to the successful completion of all requirements including, but not limited to advertising the sale of the property without public objection.”

Property owners have expressed concern about noise in the area from firearms, increased traffic, safety concerns and air, water and land pollution concerns.

Many also said they had received no communication about the project from the nonprofit organization and felt the group misrepresented the project in public meetings.

Wade Davenport, whose sister lives in the area, said during the March 14 meeting of the city council, “I’m sure it’s never been in the paper it’s going to be on Albert Frye Rd. It’s been it’s going to be on Chestnut Hill. It’s going to be the landfill.

“The problem with nobody complaining is it’s been misrepresented…I don’t understand how anybody would know where it’s going to be with the way it’s been done.”

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry said Tuesday there had been seven meetings — either during work sessions or meetings of the council — over the past 18 months. The property transfer was first discussed during the June 11, 2015, council work session. At that time, the property was referred to as the “landfill” property.

The city’s closed landfill is part of the property tract; however, the 35 acres for the landfill and an additional 40 acres along Interstate 40 were not included in the land transfer.

Mayberry said the shooting sports park would attract additional tourism to the community and included the award of a “highly sought-after” grant from TWRA.

He added the park offered an activity for the youth of the community.

“The educational part of learning safety, character, respect and especially going with your family to practice and to compete are the most important things,” Mayberry said.

Families active in shooting competitions travel across the country to matches.

“We could be on that circuit,” Mayberry said, adding that would boost revenue for local lodging and restaurants.

Mayberry concluded, “As far as I’m concerned, we have a valid contract and it really bothers me this council would vote to approve an agenda item and expend employees’ time and effort and taxpayer dollars on a project and possibly even receive a grant to later decide to abandon it.”

Councilman Scot Shanks asked for a show of hands of how many homes were located on Albert Frye Rd. There were five homeowners represented at the meeting. Those present said there were two more homes at the end of the road.

Shanks said, “I know the issue is noise and I think it’s the fear of the unknown. I live on the direct path of an airport, so I know — planes come right over my house.”

Harold Stryker, who owns a cabin approximately 500 feet from the shooting range, said, “That was your option, though.”

Shanks said he understood the airport was there before he moved to his home.

“That is a little different, and I will admit that,” he said.

Shanks asked if any testing had been conducted to measure how loud the shooting would be at the site. Those present noted they are just over one mile from an existing shooting sports facility and can hear those firearms.

Councilwoman Pamala Harris said she wanted the community to have a shooting park. However, she said, “The whole thing, in my opinion, was handled somewhat poorly from the front end.”

She said both the non-profit organization and the council did not do the proper due diligence throughout the project.

“We all have to take accountability for that,” Harris said. “There should have been a public hearing. There should have been an opportunity for the people to speak out. We said we talked about it in articles in the press and so forth and so on. That’s not a public hearing.”

She said she’d had calls for and against the project.

She added there were a lot of “unknowns” — from the level of noise to the impact on potential future development of property in the area.

Wyatt said, “We don’t have zoning in the city or county. That’s a bad word around here, from what I’ve found. It would make it simple if we did.”

He asked if any public hearings had been held in the past 18 months on the project. Mayberry said there had not been any.

Wyatt said, “You’ve got other property owners who’ve not come forward because they don’t know anything about it…I’m hanging my hat on 3.2 [clause of the contract]. It says we need to not have public outcry.”

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BEACON Ballfields Weekly Field Tips ! ( Mar.’17.)

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

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Hey, there’s more than one way to chalk a batter’s box… well, more specifically, there’s literally more than one batter’s box. Shape, size and configuration change from baseball to softball, youth to adult. Make sure you are using the right batter’s box for your age group by checking with your governing body. Then you can visit our Online Ballfield Dimensions Guide for more. Since there’s more than just foul lines to get ready, you can learn more about the batter’s box, runner’s lanes, pitching circles, and more when you check out this Groundskeeper University lesson, 106. Creating Foul Lines: Laying Out Your Ballfield…

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Elizabethtown Sports Park will offer barbecue food truck !

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Elizabethtown, KY – Anyone spending their weekends and summers at the Elizabethtown Sports Park will get a new menu option — barbecue.

According to Seth Breitner, director of Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation, the sports complex is getting into the food truck game.

“We want to give people a better overall visitor experience,” Breitner said. “It will add variety to what we sale, and that’s what we’re after.”

Deez Butts BBQ will be setting up at the park.

“We probably reached out to about six vendors, but Deez Butts was the only one who got back to us,” Breitner said.

The proposal officially was accepted at Monday’s city council meeting.

The fee for setting up at the park for all special events is $7,000 for the year.

The company, which also is serving the 5th Region boys’ basketball tournament at Central Hardin High School, is excited for the Sports Park opportunity, Deez Butts part-owner Tommy Barney said.

“We had a sit down meeting with them last week,” he said. “They’re just trying to get some food truck vending out there. We’re going to be set up for some of their special events. It’s an exclusive deal.”

Deez Butts, which is only a year old, has seen its business grow.

“We started with one truck and within a few months got another one. Now we have a sit-down restaurant in the flea market in Shepherdsville,” Barney said.

He added that working with sports complex would help even more.

“The foot traffic alone is why we’re doing this,” Barney said.

Wednesday night’s exhibition soccer match between the Louisville City Futbol Club and Lipscomb University will be Deez Butt’s first go-round at the complex.

“We’re excited to see where it takes us,” Barney said.

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N. Fulton league now requires helmets for youth flag football players !

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Atlanta, GA – N. Fulton league now requires helmets for youth flag football players !

In response to football-related concussions and a decline in registrations, an Alpharetta-based youth flag football league is requiring helmets for its young players.

The North Atlanta Football League now mandates the players wear padded helmets that cover the ears and the top and back of the head, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

NAFL flag football coach Chris Rech, who has coached for more than 15 years, said he’s shocked that it took so long to require helmets.

“To me, it’s just like wearing a mouthpiece,” Rech told the television station. “We’re protecting your teeth; we’re protecting their brains.”

The league had one concussion last season, Channel 2 reports. Registration is down by two-thirds from a decade ago.

Stephanie Butler, president of the NAFL, said there was a need to introduce something to “keep our little ones a little bit more protected.”

“We’ve gotten parents that never would’ve considered football as a sport for their child thinking, ‘Hey, this could be a good alternative,’” Butler said.

Registration has increased by $20 to include the soft-shell helmet.  

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BEACON Ballfields Weekly Field Tips ! ( Mar.’17.)

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

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(Check out this article from our newest contributor to our groundskeeper’s blog at Ballfields.com, Larry DiVito, head groundskeeper for the Minnesota Twins…) 

Spring training is underway and college baseball is in full swing now as well. The fields you maintain are three acres of land, including the warning track all the way to the fence line. Within those three acres, I would like to discuss one small section of the field that can have an enormous impact on the quality of play at your facility. It is the dirt area in front of home plate… two straight sides along the foul lines and an arc edge at the top. To some, that area of the infield may be an afterthought, but to players and coaches at higher levels of the game this patch of dirt is a big factor for infield playability… Continue reading this article on Ballfields.comWhere the Ground Ball Begins…”

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Construction starts for Bozeman, MT Sports Park !

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BOZEMAN, Mont. – Construction is just starting for a new multi-million dollar sports park in Bozeman. This project is partly funded by a $15 million trails, open space and parks bond voters approved in 2012.

That bond is paying for several park projects around the city.

The Bozeman Sports Park could cost upwards of $15 million once completed. Only $7.5 million will be funded by the bond. The rest of the money will come from donors and nonprofit organizations.

At 80 acres, the park will include 12 large playing fields, a small dog park and walking trails.

NBC Montana met one man who lives right across the street from the construction site. He’s says he’s looking forward to the project but sees a downside to it.

“Bozeman needs to expand as the population grows. The plus side is there won’t be any buildings blocking my view of my mountains. For me, I see it as positive all the way around. The downside would probably be the increased traffic,” said Eric Keown.

The first six fields will be completed by the end of 2017. Through the following spring and summer turf will be installed. The park will be open for play fall 2018.

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Where the Ground Ball Begins… !

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Larry Divito

Spring training is underway and college baseball is in full swing now as well. The fields you maintain are three acres of land, including the warning track all the way to the fence line. Within those three acres, I would like to discuss one small section of the field that can have an enormous impact on the quality of play at your facility. It is the dirt area in front of home plate… two straight sides along the foul lines and an arc edge at the top. To some, that area of the infield may be an afterthought, but to players and coaches at higher levels of the game this patch of dirt is a big factor for infield playability.

So many people in and around the game of baseball obsess over the height of cut of the infield turfgrass. Mowing height certainly is one part of the equation that determines the speed and pace of infield ground balls. There are a few other factors to consider however. The density of the turfgrass and the amount of actively growing leaf surface are an important factor. The makeup of the root zone for the turfgrass is critical as well. The degree of compaction in the root zone is a factor, as is the moisture content during the game. Over the years, as you hopefully gain perspective by watching hours and hours of baseball workouts and games, you absorb in your mind what balls do when hit on the ground. Some hit the dirt in front of the plate, some hit the turf and others scoot through the infield in a hurry.

The goal for your infield turfgrass is to have a dense, healthy plant that contains a turfgrass/ soil matrix that is going to absorb the force of the batted baseball. Regular mowing with sharp blades will help with your plant density and ground ball consistency. Aerification as frequently as is feasible, be it solid or hollow tined it will certainly help keep the infield root zone from becoming too hard. The physical makeup of your root zone will determine your approach to irrigation and fertility management. Whether you have a sandy growing medium or a variable native soil root zone, your goal with irrigation should be to have adequate — but not excessive — moisture in the plant on game day. Ideally, you would irrigate far enough in advance of the game that the upper portion of the turfgrass is able to dry down sufficiently to allow for quality footing and minimal divots. Your fertility program should be balanced and consistent. Too much nitrogen releasing at any one time will lead to a slick surface and reduced footing on the turfgrass.

So now back to that dirt in front of home plate. I have always felt that any ball hitting that area of dirt off the bat has no business leaving the infield, or being a hit. The pitcher threw a quality pitch and got the hitter to make contact with the ball at an angle where it did not even reach the infield turf. That ball should produce an out…no question. So what does the firmness of the dirt in that area mean to an infielder? When it is dry and hard, the ball off the bat will gain acceleration and increased topspin. When the infielder gets the last hop before fielding and throwing, a ball in this instance will have a little extra mustard on it, and will jump up higher on him as he fields it and gathers himself to make the throw. If the dirt in front of the plate is soft and consistently moist all the way down through the soil profile, it will reduce the speed of the baseball and take away the excessive topspin of the ball hit with a downward angle there.

How do we reach our goals for optimum game day playability on the infield? The dirt in front of home plate is a big consideration. As your season has just begun, or will commence shortly, please consider what you can do to improve your field by working in this one small area. Remember the basic principles at play here. Hard dirt will lead to increased acceleration of the baseball and produce greater topspin. Soft dirt will mean deceleration of the ball and reduced topspin. You can choose what you want the dirt in front of home plate to be on your diamond. Very firm or extremely soft or perhaps somewhere in between. Keep in mind that catchers have to field bunts in this area, so overwatering it prior to a game could be a problem. Your primary goal, short of any renovation, should be to thoroughly water this area to the point of saturation once a day, ideally after practice or the game, so that it soaks in overnight. There are some things to consider with a heavy watering. You may want to create a small dam of sorts so that your soaking does not encroach the clay in your batters boxes. You must also consider when you work with this area that runners leaving the batters boxes will straddle the first base foul line, so that area needs to maintain the firmness you want in a baseline. Finally, to maintain the highest level of consistency in your home plate area, be sure to tarp it every night after your practice or game.

Do you have time for a renovation in front of home plate? As the ground thaws and you focus on getting play up and running, perhaps a quick roto tilling in this spot is a possibility. Your goal in such a renovation would be to roto till calcined clay into the dirt area in front of home plate. Evenly spread six bags over the area and then work it in with a walk behind roto tiller. An increase of calcined clay to this area will mean an increase in moisture retention, which will make it less likely to get hard on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that any area you till up in the spring will need to be rolled and carefully hand graded as well. Ideally you would want a week or two for the material in this area to get soaked and rolled, so it can set up before play begins. In the fall this is a great project you can approach quite aggressively. In the spring you must consider timing and weather. If you are not able to till material in this spring, consider working calcined clay in a bit at a time with a sharp, steel rake when your schedule allows it. Also, keep in mind base runners going up the 1st base line… stay about a foot inside the foul line with any tilling or aggressive renovation you might do.

Consider the resources you have available to you today. From there, determine an approach for you that will improve the playability of your infield. Remember that your goal should be to reduce the force of the batted ball while maintaining quality footing for the players. Think about where the ground ball begins on a baseball field and what you can do to make your field better. Spring is here and it is time to get at it. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Larry Divito

As head groundskeeper for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, Larry DiVito has worked in professional baseball for 23 years. Beginning as the head groundskeeper for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox in 1995, Larry moved to Dodger Stadium in 2002 as assistant groundskeeper. After four seasons with the Dodgers, he was named head groundskeeper for the Washington Nationals in 2006. In his three seasons there, Larry was involved with the building of Nationals Park, which opened in 2008. He moved to Minnesota in 2009 to be a contributor with the construction of Target Field, which he helped open for the Twins in 2010. As a member of the Sports Turf Managers Association, Larry spent three years on the STMA Board of Directors from 2008-10.

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Tucson’s Sportspark hosting softball tournaments after two-month closure !

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Tucson, AZ – The Ironwood Ridge High School Nighthawks softball team won the annual Canyon del Oro Dorado Classic last weekend, the first tournament to be seen at the Mike Jacob Sportspark in about two months.

The northwest Tucson park, the second-largest lighted softball facility in the county, was closed at the end of December after the previous private operator, Championship Sports, rejected a month-to-month arrangement it said was incompatible with successful tournament scheduling. During the closure, the county carried out a number of repairs it said were necessary to ensure safety.

At its Dec. 13 meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved up to $1 million in repairs in improvement costs that will be covered with revenues from recent right-of-way sales to the state and unspent bond funding originally destined for projects that were “modified or substantially abandoned,” according to a Feb. 27 memo from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

A second phase of improvements is planned after a consultant finishes a report — expected in the “next few months” — with cost estimates and prioritization of additional work. The county likely spent less than the budgeted $75,000 for the first phase, according to parks and recreation director Chris Cawein.

The work included replacing unprotected steel gas lines, some electrical repairs and “structural analysis” of wooden poles, some of which had previously snapped and fallen onto the volleyball court.

The softball tournament is expected to be one of a number of sporting events in coming months to be organized with special use permits issued by Cawein’s department. Organizations with their own insurance, among other requirements, can request such permits for tournaments and other activities on a “non-exclusive, first come, first served basis,” as explained in a Feb. 22 memo from Cawein to Huckelberry.

Additionally, Pinnacle Concessions, the food and beverage manager, was granted its own permit to periodically operate food stands at the entry gate.

Cawein said this will be the basic arrangement at the facility until 2018, when it is the county’s intention to put out a request for proposals for a sole facility operator, as opposed to the previous arrangement that featured three separate private contractors, including Pinnacle and Championship.

Cawein said his department is up to the task of scheduling tournaments for the rest of the year, and anticipates more tournaments for a more diverse array of sports — though less league play initially. Though he believes the county could run it as is in perpetuity, “a strong partnership with a unitary operator is the best long-term strategy,” he said.

“This will help us to leverage limited public funds for the greatest benefit of the public,” he added.

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BEACON Ballfields Weekly Field Tips ! ( Feb.’17.)

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Feb. 27, 2017

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THIS WEEK’S QUICK TIP  !
You know the most common problem areas… the mound in front of the pitching rubber and the batter’s box. Metal cleats dig into the soil more, creating deeper holes. Rubber or plastic cleats will compact the soil more than dig. These problem areas can become extremely hard from the compaction due to rubber cleats, especially on fields with younger players wearing rubber cleats. To withstand the wear and tear, you’ll need to fortify these areas with one of two types of fortification: clay fortification or barrier mats. To continue learning about this topic check out the Groundskeeper University lesson, 102. Mound & Home Plate Care — Common Wear Areas…

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