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5 Ways To Help Your Infield Skin Rebound From Rain Quickly. !

While some parts of the U.S. may be battling a daunting drought, the other parts of the country could be dealing with lots of rain. In fact, things can change quickly. For example, a few years back within a three week span the entire state of Texas went from a major 4-year drought to being totally drought free. It takes a lot of rain to knock out four years of drought in just three weeks. With all that rain, surely there were many having issues with trying to get their fields ready after a rain. If you have already ready encountered a lot of rain, of you do later this season, let’s take a look at what you can do to help your fields recoup from a rain event as quickly as possible.

1. Keep Your Infield Properly Graded

First and foremost,infield make sure that your infield is properly graded to promote positive surface drainage. Ideally, the infield should be graded so that the area around the base of the pitcher’s mound is the highest point on the infield with the surface grade then sloping away from the mound in all directions. However, depending on the lay of the land that the field was built on, the other way of grading an infield would be to “sheet drain” it. This means the entire infield is tilted in one direction; for example, the infield may tilt from the first base foul line towards left field. In either instance, both of these surface grades are only efficient at draining the water off it if the surface is smooth and consistent. In other words, there are no high spots or low spots to impede or deflect the drainage. Proper nail and float dragging are crucial maintenance practices that, when done correctly, will keep your skin surface in smooth and consistent surface draining condition.

2. Maintain Your Turf Edges

Maintaining your turf edges to prevent lip buildup will allow the water to easily pass over from infield skin to turf area without any issues. When infield soil and infield topdressing buildup in the edges of the grass, that ridge or “lip” impedes the water from freely moving off the field. The more severe the lip, the more water it will hold back onto the infield skin. Properly maintain those lips to keep them from slowing your field from recuperating.

 3. Choose Appropriate Infield Soil Material

The right beaconinfield soil material has a huge impact on speed of reentry onto an infield after a rain. Infield soils that are either high in silt or high in fine and very fine sand drastically effect how quickly the field is playable again after a rain. Even worse is when you have both problems! High silt and high fine sand content infield soils can take a day or multiple days to recuperate. Have your infield soil tested to check to see how your soil material lines up with the acceptable specifications. Strive for a balanced infield soil with the right amounts of medium to coarse sand and the proper ratio of silt to clay. It’ll make all the difference in the world as to how easy it will be getting the infield back into playing condition.

4. Use an Infield Top Dressing

Use a topdressing on your infield skin surface. An infield topdressing is a ¼” to ½” layer at the infield skin surface of a granular material that will not stick to a players cleat, even when wet. These materials, usually made of calcined clay, vitrified clay, expanded shale, crushed aggregate or crushed brick, tend to dry more quickly on the surface then if you just had the bare soil exposed. The topdressing will dry on the surface while your infield soil underneath is still moist, but the topdressing allows you still to reenter the field. It acts much like a mulch in a landscape bed and provides many benefits in the performance of the infield.

 5. Drag the Field Before Rain Storms

When you know a rain is coming, keep the field dragged smooth if at all possible. The water will flow more easily and rapidly off the infield if it is smooth and not pock marked with cleat marks and divots. Additionally, keep the field TIGHT! A tight field absorbs less water than one that has been deeply nail dragged, which will create pore space for water to fill and slow the drying process down considerably after the rain event.

How it rains also can have an impact in how fast your field will recuperate and come back up online for play. A long, slow light to moderate rain of a couple hours or more is very penetrating and will be deeply absorbed by your infield soil. This type of a rain usually requires longer for the field to dry from. Compare that to a heavy rain lasting 15 to 30 minutes, or even an hour. This kind of rainfall, while possibly dumping many times the amount of water than a slow rainfall did, is a violent rainfall to the soil. That violent pounding of the soil compacts it and doesn’t easily allow water to be absorbed into the infield soil. With the right weather conditions, you may be amazed sometimes how fast you can get back onto a field after one of these gully washers, provided you did everything else that we mentioned above in this article.

Let me leave you with one other piece of advice. The weather after the rain event matters just as much as how the rain fell. If your humidity is very high and has not lowered much below 75% after the rain, it will take a much longer time for the field to dry out. Sun and wind help, but there has to be room in the air parcel floating over your infield skin to take in more moisture. If the air parcel is 75% full, it won’t take much more in, but if it is only 50% full (50% relative humidity) then there is a lot of room to evaporate water from your field and be absorbed into the air parcels. The faster the humidity lowers after the event, the faster the drying process.

Make the right moves ahead of your rain events on your fields and you may come to not fear the rain as much or need to work as hard afterwards either.

Paul Zwaska

Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul has been with Beacon Athletics for two decades. Among his many accomplishments, he authored Groundskeeper University, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue and continues to find innovative ways to help groundskeepers.

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Weather causes damage to structure at Hamilton’s $144 million Spooky Nook complex !

Hamilton, OH – The Spooky Nook Sports Complex, Hamilton’s $144 million sports entertainment complex that is in its final stages of construction, suffered weather-related damage early this morning as the heavy wind gusts caused structural steel on one of the buildings to fall to the ground.

Some parts of Greater Cincinnati saw wind gusts above 50 mph, based on storm report information sent to the National Weather Service. Some areas of Dayton recorded gusts above 60 mph.

More:Video: Spooky Nook Sports bringing 42 acre sports complex to Hamilton

Executive Director of External Services for Hamilton, Tom Vanderhorst, said Friday that the developer of the project, “made a presentation during this morning’s Hamilton Community Authority meeting stating that the high winds during last night’s storm caused the structural steel in building 500 to fall.  He is not sure how it will impact the project’s schedule.  According to him, they will likely know more information mid-week after the structural engineers and insurance company examine the site.”

Spook Nook officials released a statement via social media to clarify issues caused by last night’s weather at the site.

“No one was on the property at the time and there were no injuries,” according to the statement. “Analysis of the cause and impact on the project schedule will occur over the next couple of days or week, at which time we can provide more information.

Once completed, the project is set to span more than 1.3 million square feet and will be the largest indoor sports complex in North America upon its planned December 2021 opening, according to Spooky Nook representatives.

Of the massive space, 700,000 square feet will be dedicated to the sports complex itself, with two turf fields, 10 hardwood courts, a small baseball facility, concessions and enough space to host up to 30 basketball games at a time included in the amenities. 

The remaining 500,000 square feet will be dedicated to event space and a convention center capable of hosting massive gatherings and trade shows.

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‘Field of Dreams:’ Former professional baseball player opens indoor sports park in Clay, NY !

Former professional baseball player opens new indoor facility to help local athletes in Central New York

Former professional baseball player opens new indoor facility
to help local athletes in Central New York

 

Legacy Sports Park is now open in Clay. It’s a new indoor baseball and softball facility in Central New York. Co-owners Jessica Haskins and former professional baseball player Melvin Dorta broke ground on the facility in October of last year.

The new indoor facility is 7,200 square feet. It contains four batting cages, an indoor fielding area, a pitching area, and other amenities.

Legacy Sports Park also owns and operates three sports fields next to the facility. All facilities are located just on Henry Clay Blvd just off Rt.31 in Clay.

Co-owner Melvin Dorta played in the MLB for the Washington Nationals.

The facility is home to multiple baseball and softball teams named, the MAD Baseball.

Registration for camps, clinics, and tournaments are now open. Legacy Sports Park also offers private instruction from former college and professional athletes.

Athletes can also rent cages for practice and can use state-of-the-art equipment to improve their play.

To find more information visit their website here.

The facility can also be used for multiple other sports, such as lacrosse.

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Free drive-in movie tonight at Greenville SportsPark. !

Free drive-in movie tonight at Greenville SportsPark!

Trolls World Tour

Greenville, TX.- Local residents will have the chance Saturday night to relive the fun of watching a drive-in movie, complete with refreshments, for free.

The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a showing of “Trolls World Tour” at the Greenville SportPark.

The description of Trolls World Tour: “When the Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls tries to take over all the Troll kingdoms, Queen Poppy and her friends try different ways to save all the Trolls.”

 In-N-Out is sponsoring the event by providing 350 meals which will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

The movie is scheduled to begin at sundown and will be presented on a screen set up in the parking lot with the sound provided on an FM radio channel available in the vicinity.

The Parks and Recreation Department has previously offered drive-in showings of “Trolls” and “The Amazing Life Of Pets 2” at the SportsPark.

Pontiac sports complex to serve as COVID-19 vaccination site for Oakland County residents !

Pontiac, MI. — United Wholesale Mortgage has partnered with Oakland County’s Health Division on a COVID-19 vaccination site for residents at the lender’s sports complex in Pontiac beginning April 2. 

The county’s health office expects to vaccinate 1,000 to 3,000 residents per day at the UWM Sports Complex at 867 S. Boulevard E., which has the capacity to take up to 5,000 appointments per day, if enough of the vaccine becomes available, a Friday news release notes. 

United Wholesale Mortgage is based in Pontiac.

“We’re humbled at the opportunity to help our community in Oakland County,” Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of UWM, said in a Friday statement. “The vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel, and we’re proud to do our part in ensuring community members have easy access to get vaccinated and play a role in protecting themselves and their loved ones.”

As of March 17, over 284,000 Oakland County residents had received over 440,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, nearly two out of every three Oakland County seniors 65 and older have received at least their first dose, officials said. 

Pontiac-headquartered UWM purchased the 378,400-square-foot sports complex, previously known as Ultimate Soccer Arena, in November. 

“The UWM Sports Complex will give Oakland County Health Division the capacity to vaccinate thousands per day and will be accessible to many residents,” added Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. “Thank you to the United Wholesale Mortgage team for working with our Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department to stand up this vaccination site.”

UWM said vaccinations will be offered at the complex by appointment only. Oakland’s health division will pull appointments from its Save Your Spot list. Currently, about 6,000 individuals are registered, officials said. 

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Dugouts Effective shades, cost-effective budget !

Effective shade, cost-effective budget.

Shade for Dugouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

WEST BLOOMFIELD PARKS & REC | W. BLOOMFIELD, MI


Budget limitations are commonplace for many small communities. This was the case for the township of West Bloomfield, Michigan, as they began planning for improved dugouts for players and coaches.

Initial quotes for block and metal dugouts were proving to be too expensive, so they turned to Beacon Athletics to see if there were other options. What West Bloomfield was looking for were dugouts that would be strong, provide shade for teams, and be easy for park staff to add and remove shade coverings — all while still remaining low in cost. They needed a fresh look at things, an innovative solution.

Beacon Dugout Shade - BEFORE

Working closely with the West Bloomfield Parks team, we designed a solution for both the top and sides of their existing chain-link dugouts. To do so, we needed to utilize customized windscreen materials to provide a highly-effective shade result but at a fraction of the cost of the block and metal dugouts. The Beacon team of engineers and designers provided a plan that added custom lines sewn to the screen for added strength, along with extra hemmed and grommeted lines sewn to the bottom of the structure. This corresponded with the support structure for the screen.

Beacon Dugout Shade installationInnovative smaller cutouts in the corners of the shade screens made them very easy to install. To attach the windscreen shade coverings, cable ties were used so that the parks staff could easily remove them at the end of the season for safe, indoor storage. During the final steps of installation, Beacon reps arrived on site to assist and verify the custom windscreen shade structures were installed correctly and fit accurately to the design.

Weeks after the screens were in place, Chris Frey, the parks supervisor for West Bloomfield, reported back, “The shade screens look great and are holding up great as well.” The customized Beacon solution was a confirmed success for West Bloomfield — the perfect fit at the right price.

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Esencia Sports Park has been a popular recreational spot. !

Rancho Mission Viejo, CA. – Ever since opening in August, Esencia Sports Park has been a popular recreational spot for residents and families from Rancho Mission Viejo and the wider South Orange County area.

The new park includes sports fields, a children’s play area, and walking trails. The area offers scenic and elevated views of the community, and plenty of open space to get some fresh air while practicing social distancing.

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Pima County to reopen outdoor sports facilities Saturday, March 6 !

Initial restrictions include limit on number of spectators; required mask wearing for fans, players and coaches

Pima County to reopen outdoor sports facilities Saturday, March 6
Pima County will reopen its outdoor sports facilities, like the Kino Sports Complex, Saturday, March 6. 

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Pima County will reopen its outdoor sports facilities, including Kino Sports Complex, Saturday, March 6.

The announcement came the same day Gov. Doug Ducey said the state would move to the next phase of its re-opening plan. Ducey’s decision kept in place the mask and social distancing requirements for businesses, but it did drop the occupancy restrictions.

“This is exciting because it means our numbers are heading in a good direction,” said Pima County Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen. “It’s been a tough slog for our community, but the number of new cases and deaths due to COVID-19 are steadily declining after a horrific surge over the holidays and early 2021. As we open up these facilities again, it is important that community members follow the guidelines laid out to keep those numbers down.”

Guidelines for using facilities can be found HERE. Highlights of the rules can be found below:

  • Spectator limit of 50 per outdoor field/use area
  • No spectators at indoor venues
  • Face coverings by coaches, officials and spectators
  • Limiting seating to non-bleacher areas where spectators can keep six (6) feet spacing between separate parties
  • Posting of COVID-19 advisory signage
  • Designating event staff or volunteers to monitor and enforce adherence to mitigation measures
  • Completion of an attestation form accepting the required mitigation measures

If an event will have more than 50 people, the host must apply for a permit no later than 10 business days before the event.

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