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

 

April 24, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

So much of a baseball or softball game involves the one-on-one battle between pitcher and batter. Every pitch of every game involves the mound and home plate area. Consequently, no areas on a ballfield see more wear. The common wear areas on the mound and where batter’s and catcher’s cleats dig in will need extra attention. Here’s what you’ll need to properly repair these areas fortified with clay: grooming rake, sharpened iron rake, medium bristled push broom, corn broom, square end shovel, tamp, small hand-pump sprayer or watering can, sifter shovel, and pre-moistened mound clay.

To learn more repairing these high-wear clay-fortified areas, visit the Groundskeeper University lesson, 102: Mound & Home Plate Care: Repairing Clay-Fortified Areas…

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Kwik-Release Varsity Base Set — 10% OFF

This varsity base set with double 1st base will compress and then disengage from base upon impact, if necessary. Exclusive Hollywood Kwik-Release Varsity Base Set with Double 1st Base, use kwik10 during checkout (offer valid thru April 30).

Discontinued ITEM OF THE WEEK

Discontinued — Infield Lip Broom SAVE $20!  — Ideal for removing loose material from turf edges to reduce lip build-up. Bent 60″ handle reduces back strain, 28″ broom head. Discontinued item available in limited quantities. Brand-new condition. Infield Lip Broom

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QUALITE SPORTS LIGHTING, LLC IS NAMED A 2017 GOLD EDISON AWARD WINNER !

QualiteSportsQUALITE SPORTS LIGHTING, LLC IS NAMED A 2017 GOLD

 EDISON AWARD WINNER
The Q-LED GameChanger Wins at New York Ceremony; Edison Awards Celebrate 30 Years of Honoring Innovators and Innovation
New York, NY – April 21, 2017 The Edison Awards, celebrating 30 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced today that Qualite’s Q-LED GameChanger was voted a Gold Winner for innovation at the April 20th event at The Capitale in New York City. Eric Boorom, Qualite Owner, joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2017 Edison Award winners.  
 
Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world. 
 
“Our judges recognized Qualite’s GameChanger as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards. Eric Boorom, Qualite owner, further added that “we have worked long hours to develop a system that would revolutionize sports lighting and all of the work has been validated by winning the Gold award. This is the greatest honor in the history of the company”. 
 
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.  
 
About Qualite Sports Lighting
Qualite has been the Sports Lighting Partner for high schools, colleges, parks and recreation departments, and minor and major league professional sports franchises for over 30 years. Qualite’s Q-LED GameChanger™ is the first high performance sports lighting system designed for all sports venues, from youth to professional sports stadiums with a focus on great connectivity and functionality at affordable pricing.
 
About the Edison Awards™
The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Awards have been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. They honor game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation. For more information about the Edison Awards complete program and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

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

 

April 17, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

Remember, when mowing, never cut more than one-third of the blade of grass. Mowing more than 1/3 of the shoot height will significantly lower the rate of photosynthesis. This will create a shallower root system which will weaken the turf. The best time to renovate fields is in the fall. Use local resources such as agriculture departments at schools to determine the best type of grass for your region. Always water your turf deeply to encourage a stronger and deeper root system. And, light, frequent waterings can cause crabgrass and other weeds to develop.

You can learn more tried and true techniques for common game day prep at Groundskeeper University, Introduction to Groundskeeping…

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24-48 hours! Designed to penetrate compacted soil for overseeding wear areas on your field. 66″ heavy-duty aluminum handle, 9″ head. Exclusive Deluxe Overseed Enhancing Tool, use over10 during checkout (offer valid thru April 23).

Official Lacrosse Goals — 10% OFF

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Open Box Item — Standard Backstop Padding SAVE up to $85!  There are two options: Royal blue 4’H x 10’W or Kelly green 45″H x 87″W. In both cases the padding was returned for being the wrong size. Brand-new condition. Standard Backstop Padding

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ONLINE TRAINING for Staff & Volunteers

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The 109-acre sports park clears another hurdle !

Multi_sports_complex_1April, 2017

The Warren County Board of Commissioners signed off Tuesday on plans for the $15 million county sports park to be built at Union Village, a 1,200-acre development to take shape in coming decades west of Lebanon.

The commissioners approved the plan for the part of Union Village where the park is to to be built on 109 acres off Ohio 741 and Greentree Road.

Two hours later they approved, with a dozen conditions, a site plan for the land to be transferred by Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, developers of Union Village, to the county for the project.

The votes came after a week’s delay prompted by opposition from residents of New England Way, a street across Greentree Road from a section of the park.

“We are conceding. It’s happening. Help us out here,” said resident Barry Nuss on Tuesday during a pubic hearing of more than two hours.

The conditions are expected to ensure the roads are sufficient and safe before the sports park, to include about 2,000 parking spots, opens next year. Other conditions are to keep lights from poles at the park and cars entering and existing the complex from disturbing residents on New England Way and other nearby streets.

Still undecided are what, if any, improvements will be needed to manage traffic on weekends when the baseball, soccer and other sports tournaments are in play. Or how many or the exact location of driveways into the segment of the complex on Greentree Road.

Consultants from the Kleingers Group said only 20 percent of traffic is expected to use Greentree Road, but withheld how many cars this was projected to equate to.

The commissioners added a condition designating the address on Ohio 741 in hopes of keeping the bulk of the visitors off Greentree, but New England Way residents predicted GPS systems and human nature would draw drivers to the shortest route, regardless of the address designated by the county.

Also still unresolved was whether one of the driveways would be shared with the Turtlecreek Twp. Park just west on Greentree Road. It remained unclear if another proposed driveway at the east end of this park section – across from New England Way – would be needed or a 150-space parking lot at the end of the complex would be developed or left as a buffer for adjoining residential properties.

“Nothing you are going to say is going to change our opinion,” Commissioner Dave Young said as Alan Wolfson, of the Warren County Airport board, began to raise questions. “You might as well sit down.”

Wolfson sat down and the meeting moved toward the second unanimous vote.

Tuesday’s meeting was the last opportunity in the permitting process for the commissioners to weigh in on the sports complex.

They have yet to approve a 1-percent hike in the lodgings tax to be used by the operators, the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau, to finance the project.

On April 25, the Turtlecreek Twp. trustees are expected to approve tax sharing and the formation of a new community authority to help offset costs of Union Village’s development, maintenance and operation.

Then Otterbein is to give the sports park land to the county. Otherwise the land can be turned to more than 400 of the 4,500 residences permitted at Union Village.

While creating problems for neighbors and fueling traffic problems on already busy roads, Commissioner Shannon Jones said the project – designed to bring in sports competitors and other tourists from around the country and overseas – would be a “net gain for our entire county.”

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Neighbors, Opponents of Sports Park Turn to Lawyer ?

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April 2017

TURTLECREEK TWP., WARREN COUNTY, OH — Neighbors of the proposed Warren County Sports Park at Union Village have turned to a lawyer for help in appealing for alterations to the plan locating part of the 109-acre complex across from their homes.

On Tuesday, Warren County commissioners are expected to decide on the land-use plan for development of the $15 million park, off Greentree Road and Ohio 741, west of Lebanon.

Last week, lawyer Andy George delivered a letter advising the commissioners that he was representing 10 residents of New England Way, a residential street across Greentree Road.

The letter lists concerns ranging from property value losses to noise and light pollution to traffic and safety concerns during large sports tournaments to be played on fields in the park.

“We hope that all of these concerns will be addressed before the commissioners make any decision that would have such a dramatic effect on their homes and lives,” George said.

This is the latest obstacle to the project, which has been opposed by local tea party leaders and hinges on approval of a series of agreements between the developer and local governments.

The commissioners are facing deadlines for approval of the plan, which has been developed through a series of meetings and agreements, reached since the overall plan for Union Village was approved in October 2014.

On April 22, the Turtlecreek Twp. Board of Trustees is expected to approve tax abatements and creation of a community authority that will help a company set up by Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices offset the costs of development of the 1,200-acre, 4,500-home community.

Union Village, built on land around Otterbein’s existing retirement community and headquarters, is expected to be developed in coming decades and include commercial development, as well as the sports complex.

But unless the plan for the sports complex is approved by Nov. 1, Otterbein can build homes on the land on either side of Turtlecreek Twp. Park. No land would be transferred to the county for the sports park.

The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is to operate the sports park, wants to begin work this summer, so the facilities can open next season.

The approval would also enable the county to enact a 1-percent hike in the local lodgings tax, approved by Ohio lawmakers to help finance the development – on the drawing board for more than a decade.

“They are very adamant. This is going to be it,” said Larry Williams, who lives on New England Way.

The conclusion of the approval process was advertised by a small sign, posted on the property, west of the section of the park across from New England Way.

Residents complained about a lack of public notice during a March 29 public hearing, which ended with Turtlecreek Twp. Trustee Dan George agreeing to consider trading the land for its park.

This could enable the county to move the project west, up Greentree Road, away from New England Way.

Last week, Commissioner Dave Young said restrictions on use of the land gifted to the township by Otterbein and state funds used to develop the park limit conversion of the land for the sports complex.

The residents’ concerns must be balanced against the economic impact anticipated from teams and their fans traveling to “Ohio’s Largest Playground” for a tournament, Young said.

“If I lived on that street, I would be one of the ones out there trying to fight it,” Young added. “Any decision we make is going to try to lessen the impact to residents.”

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

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April 10, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

“Evaporation will be your enemy…” Moisture is crucial to keep high-wear areas under control. The areas around home plate and the pitcher’s mound are subject to the most wear and keeping moisture in these areas is critical for reducing wear. Often you’ll see tarps covering the mound and home plate. Those weren’t necessarily placed there to protect those areas from rain. That’s the secondary benefit. The main reason is to keep moisture from evaporating from those areas. If left uncovered, evaporation will cause dry soil to easily break apart, and heavy wear will occur more quickly.

You can learn more keeping moisture in your high wear areas and more with this Groundskeeper University lesson, 105. Moisture Management: Managing Moisture Around the Field…

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FieldShield Standard Hem Area Tarps — 10% OFF

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Non-Absorbent Roller Squeegee — 10% OFF

IN STOCK: Ships within 24-48 hours! Heavy-duty aluminum handle with 36″W seamless rollers. For infield skin we recommend using this non-absorbent roller. Exclusive Non-Absorbent Roller Squeegee: use sqg10 during checkout (offer valid thru April 16).

DISCONTINUED ITEM OF THE WEEK

DISCONTINUED Item — Infield Lip Broom SAVE $20!  —  Ideal for removing loose material from turf edges to reduce lip build-up. Bent 60″ handle reduces back strain, 28″ broom head. Discontinued item available in limited quantities. Brand-new condition. Infield Lip Broom

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COMPLETELY FREE & MOBILE FRIENDLY. We’ve relaunched the web’s premier online field maintenance training tool, Groundskeeper University. Our goal is to bring professional training directly to you and your staff. But that means it has to be done right. Learn the tried & true practices of the pros. Our dedicated online resources by groundskeepers for groundskeepers are available in whichever format works for you: blog articles, online field dimensions, innovative products and training at Groundskeeper U. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

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Designing Sites With Shade in Mind !

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Designing Sites With  Shade in Mind !

In addition to giving patrons and visitors a place to get out of the sun, shade structures and shelters can help provide a unique aesthetic to your site, as well as protect such equipment as playgrounds and picnic areas.

This webinar will provide a comprehensive look at the orientation, style options and engineering requirements when using pre-engineered shade structures and shelters in parks and other large spaces. Attendees will learn planning insights, as our experts discuss and portray a variety of solutions that are currently available that maximize coverage and protection, and add the highest aesthetic value for the space.

In this webinar, you will become familiar with engineering requirements regulated by building department code for temporary shade and permanent shelter structures. You will gain a better understanding of how to plan designs, knowing the impact of how important the positioning of shade becomes in relation to sun direction and functional spaces being covered. Finally, you will learn to select the best design solution for your site based on the variety of shapes and styles of shade and shelters available in the marketplace.

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

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THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

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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COMPLETELY FREE & MOBILE FRIENDLY. We’ve relaunched the web’s premier online field maintenance training tool, Groundskeeper University. Our goal is to bring professional training directly to you and your staff. But that means it has to be done right. Learn the tried & true practices of the pros. Our dedicated online resources by groundskeepers for groundskeepers are available in whichever format works for you: blog articles, online field dimensions, innovative products and training at Groundskeeper U. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

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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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THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

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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OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

Open Box Item — Champro Dislodging Bases Set Save up to $44!   Little League approved (Rule 1.06 compliant) safety base with heavy-duty rubber construction. On impact the top portion of the base dislodges from the bottom.  Like-new condition. Champro Dislodging Bases Set

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