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Plummer Family Sports Park set to open in March !

  •  Photo: Charles Bolinger|The Intelligencer

EDWARDSVILLE, IL.Plummer Family Sports Park will be ready for play next month.

After a year of construction, the grand opening of the nearly $13 million sports park is set at 4 p.m. Friday, March 27 and was announced at the end of Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The park was originally due to open in December but inclement weather pushed the date back to this spring.

Located at 7757 Goshen Road, between Ridge View Road and Interstate 55 on the city’s eastern edge, the 83-acre park’s first phase has six soccer/lacrosse/flag football fields, 12 pickleball courts and four junior (age 12 and under) baseball/softball diamonds. All of the diamonds and three of the fields feature synthetic turf. The other three fields will be seeded grass and will not be ready for play until this fall at the earliest; those fields will not have lights.

Other park features include centralized concession stands/restrooms for the ball diamonds, a pavilion with more concessions and restrooms for those using the fields and plenty of parking. As of last fall, city park staff said the park fields had been reserved for most of the 2020 season and groups had even inquired about 2021 but the city has been focused on this year.

Alderman Art Risavy asked about advertising opportunities at the park, particularly for Edwardsville’s restaurants and shops, to help prevent visitors from driving to Troy or other areas to dine and shop. Alderman Craig Louer asked about partnering with Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau on an advertising and tourism campaign.

Tingley said a park component will inform visitors of nearby places to eat and visit. Mayor Hal Patton mentioned possibly using space on park scoreboards for discount-rate ads featuring local small businesses.

Future park features include four additional junior baseball/softball diamonds, four adult baseball/softball diamonds in the rear of the park, a fieldhouse, a second Goshen entrance and exit plus more parking. There will also be a 3.5-acre area designated as community park space. When or if the second phase is constructed depends on usage and demand for the first phase.

City officials also plan to extend Sports Park Drive north until it meets Route 143 near Blackburn Road. That extension would become the park’s main entrance and the backbone of what it hopes will be developments that cater to park visitors and their families — restaurants, hotels, gas stations, etc. One of the park’s goals is to attract leagues and championships so that teams are in town for consecutive days.

Patton said Devin Gray, the city’s information technology director, has been working on getting security cameras for the park and determining where additional fencing is needed.

“We really want to see this facility functional and used for the benefit of the entire community,” Patton said.

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Choosing Float Drags for Your Infield Skin !

Choosing the right float drag for your infield can be confusing. Actually, it’s smart to have different types of float drags on hand so you are properly equipped for your dragging duties no matter what the conditions are. All of the float options below will leave a nice professional finish on your infield skin. To help you understand what combination of float drags may be best for you, we have assembled the following summary listing the benefits and uses of each drag.


Steel Mat Drag

Beacon Steel Mat Drag

  • Excellent for any type of infield skin surface
  • Able to pulverize soil chunks
  • Helps to “screen out” small rocks and pebbles on infield surface
  • Can help to cut down high spots and fill low spots
  • If using one large enough to tow, it is suggested to add a drag bar ahead of the drag to help redistribute any soil or topdressing piles on the infield surface

    Rigid Steel Mat Drag

    Beacon Rigid Steel Mat Hand Drag

    • Terrific for in-game dragging
    • Works well with any type of infield skin surface
    • Will pulverize soil chunks
    • Helps to “screen out” small rocks and pebbles on infield surface
    • Can help to cut down high spots and fill low spots

      Beacon Pro Rigid Steel Mat Hand Drag

      • Only for use with infield skins that have a topdressing layer on the surface
      • Reduces the amount of material transported within the drag mesh
      • Great option for in-game dragging

        Beacon Cocoa Mat Drags

        • These are the best drags to use in a damp or somewhat wet infield skin situation
        • Should only be used on topdressed infield surfaces
        • Does not transport infield soil, so there’s no big pile left at the end of the drag
        • If using one large enough to tow, it is suggested to add a drag bar ahead of the drag to help redistribute any soil or topdressing piles on the infield surface
        • Smaller cocoa mats/mops are excellent for in-game dragging

          Drag Broom

          • Works best on infields that have a topdressing layer on the surface as this tool will not pulverize soil chunks
          • A good option when infield conditions are damp or somewhat wet
          • Lightweight tool makes it a great choice for in-game dragging

            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.

Bradley’s New Vergeâ Soap Dispenser and Faucet Sets Harmonize and Elevate Washroom Aesthetics !

Bradley’s New Vergeâ Soap Dispenser and Faucet Sets Harmonize and Elevate Washroom Aesthetics !

MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS., (February 14, 2020) — Bradley Corp., the industry leader in providing state-of-the-art hand washing solutions, introduces a new line of matching Vergeâsoap dispensers and faucets. These complete sets offer cohesive and striking designs that further enhance the sophisticated look of Verge washbasins and work seamlessly with any other basin.

With advanced sensing technology for reliability and durability, the Verge soap and faucet pairs come in an industry-leading collection of four styles and six popular finishes that help achieve every designer’s vision. With the most models, finishes and advanced features available, these versatile sets provide the perfect finishing touch to every commercial washroom

“Specifying the Verge family of soap dispensers and faucets harmonizes designers’ looks and adds a beautiful and unified design element to washbasins,” says Laura Stang, senior product and portfolio manager, Bradley Corp. “Whether the sets are mounted on Verge washbasins or other models, because they are universally designed, the pairing of these fixtures makes an elegant and coordinated design statement.”

Verge Soap Dispenser and Faucet Designs Go Hand in Hand

Notable features for both the Verge soap dispensers and faucets include hidden sensors to deter tampering, optimized sensing to eliminate false activations, longer spouts for increased hand washing space, and cast brass spout construction with popular and environmentally friendly PVD finishes.

Verge soap dispensers are designed with the industry’s widest range of top-fill options and feature a smart sense system with LED light indicators that display low soap and battery. An audible and visual alert system guides refilling to avoid soap overfilling or spilling. The dispensers use universal bulk soap in foam and liquid options.

For high-traffic applications that use multiple hand washing stations, a top fill multi-feed soap system supplies soap up to six dispensers at once. The system includes a translucent ring that illuminates when the tank begins to run low on soap or power.

Verge faucets have a patented dual sensor technology that provides the most accurate activation while optimizing battery life. With a selection of four new touch-free styles, Verge faucets have multiple low-flow options to match water savings preferences and multiple run time options to fit the application.

To minimize germ build-up, the faucets’ auto-flush feature flushes the water line every 24 hours. A manual valve override feature is available for longer water flushing.

Finish options for Verge soap dispensers and faucets include Polished Chrome, Brushed Black Stainless, Brushed Nickel, Brushed Stainless, Brushed Brass and Brushed Bronze. Style selections include Crestt, Linea, Metro and Zen, with universal designs that range from elegant to sleek to organic to complement any restroom design.

For more information, visit www.bradleycorp.com/verge-soap-and-faucet.

For almost 100 years, Bradley has created the most complete and advanced commercial washrooms and comprehensive solutions that make industrial environments safe. Bradley is the industry’s leading source for multi-function hand washing and drying fixtures, accessories, partitions, solid plastic lockers, as well as emergency safety fixtures and electric tankless heaters for industrial applications. Headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., USA, Bradley serves commercial, institutional and industrial building markets worldwide. For more information visit https://www.bradleycorp.com.

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How to Avoid Problems with your Chalk Flow !

How to Avoid Problems with Chalk Flow. !

Field marking dusts, or chalks, are generally created using ground calcium products. These limestone-based materials are located in deposits all over the continent but were formed differently depending on location. In the mountainous regions along the east and west coasts, the limestone deposits were subjected to tremendous heat and pressure during formation. The result is a metamorphosed limestone commonly known as marble. Limestone deposits formed between the two mountainous regions, in the central part of the continent, usually will be softer material formed by a sedimentary process.Differences in particle size, shape and hardness of these two different materials dictates the brightness and flow properties of these ground materials. One common denominator with these products is when they are ground, the particles all have fairly angular surfaces.

It is this angularity that causes the materials to interlock and bind up in your chalker’s hopper. The result is bridging and that means a reduced flow through the dry line marker. When the chalking material is poured into the hopper, air is also introduced and that fluffs the material a bit so it flows better. As the marking machine is moved along, the vibration slowly settles and out goes the air the fluff… and that’s when the particles begin their interlocking. The particles become tighter and tighter and that compaction in the hopper is why bridging occurs. This can explain why your lines are inconsistent and there are noticeable gaps or thin spots. That’s not good.

The best way to reduce this problem is to only pour enough material into the hopper that is needed to line that field. Filling your hopper next to the field you will be lining is also a smart strategy. This reduces the bumpy travel across grass and fields that can exaggerate the vibrations of your chalker. The Streamliner itself is also on your side when it comes to better chalk flow. Its flexible brush agitator in the poly hopper helps improve chalk flow to deliver steady chalk distribution.

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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10 Tools Ballfield Groundskeepers Should Be Using !

With more than 30 years as a groundskeeper, including 15 years serving as the head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, a lot of people ask me, “what are your favorite day-to-day tools?”

There are many tools one uses often many times in a single day, but there is no one single answer. To give you an idea of what other groundskeepers use, I am proud to present Luke Yoder, former head groundskeeper for two different MLB teams (the Pirates and the Padres). Luke is now the Senior Vice President of Business Development for DuraEdge, the leading manufacturer of engineered infield soils for all levels of maintenance and play along with mound clays and blocks, infield topdressings and conditioners.

Luke recently took some time to explain some of his favorite hand tools to use when grooming ballfields in this video:


Most of these tools are available through Beacon Athletics.

  1. Soil Probe: This handy tool is something every field manager should own. It’s inexpensive and is used for checking soil moisture levels in turf or in infield skins. It can also be used for monitoring turf thatch levels, turf root health, insect activity, and turf dry spots.
  2. Field Scout Hand-Held Digital Moisture Meter: This tool is a more quantitative way of checking your infield skin’s soil moisture. In-fact, Luke mentions the percentages you will want to monitor for to know when to apply more water to your infield skin for optimum surface performance on a DuraEdge engineered infield soil. It’s a pricey tool, but for those who really want to be dialed into their infield skin and its moisture content, the accuracy of the Field Scout will show how their infield skin surface responds to various weather conditions.
  3. Adjustable Weight Nail Drag: The video shows an older model of this Beacon workhorse nail drag. The newer, redesigned 2020 model now has 4 rows of hardened steel nails for an even finer textured scarification of your infield skin. It is much better balanced and now has the capacity to hold up to 9 Beacon Field Weights for adjusting equipment pressure for optimum infield skin penetration. Tip: Hook a float drag to it for an all-in-one infield skin groomer.
  4. The 24” & 36” Double Play Rake: The best of both worlds here with the standard long tooth rake on one side of the head and the shorter and sharper short tooth rake on the opposite side. The long tooth is good for the real “bull” work of rough grading and general raking and sifting of spoils out of the soil. The short teeth are great for fine grading and finish work.
  5. Flexible Steel Mat Drag with Leveling Bar: Flexible steel mat drags have been around almost for as long as baseball has been. These mats can pulverize small soil clods, smooth infield skins and even drag in aerification cores and topdressings into turfgrass. The Leveling Bar, when mounted ahead of a finish drag, will do the bulk of the dirty work, shaving down medium to large piles of infield soils and topdressings and helping to level and redistribute them ahead of the drag.
  6. The 4’ & 6’ Pro Rigid Steel Mat Drags: Although not the ones pictured in the video, Beacon manufactures a similar design that provides the same end results.  Beacon utilizes plastic lumber as a lead bar to stiffen the steel mat.  The mat is elevated off the ground on the lead side of the drag mat so that only the tail end of the mat makes contact with the skin.  This drag is especially beneficial when finish dragging topdressed infield skins as it displaces (transports) a minimal amount of material when in operation compared to standard steel mat drags.
  7. The 30″ & 48″ Lute Rake: There are lots of different lute rakes available on the market, but the key to this lute rake is the curve in the rake head. That simple improvement over the other flat lute heads improves its ability to pull larger amounts of soil on the flat edge side without excessive operator fatigue.  The curve also improves the performance of this tool for back raking wet infield skins on the serrated edge, especially those using infield topdressing.
  8. Level Board: The level board is the best fine hand grading and leveling tool available for groundskeepers. The stainless-steel reinforced edge ensures a strong cutting edge while the relief angle on the back of the level board head allows the tool to float on the surface more easily than the back of any metal rake.  The 54” wide head improves grading and leveling on large areas.  Operate it in much the same manner as a road grader operates its blade.
  9. Sweet Spot Tamp: There is no other tamp quite like the Sweet Spot. The articulating head on this tamp ensures that the full power of every thrust of this tool will be delivered onto the mound or home plate clay surface.  The interchangeable heads provide versatility to the groundskeeper allowing him/her to choose the tamp head plate of their choice that will most effectively complete the job.  The dampening system in the handle of the Sweet Spot eliminates the body jarring vibrations for a much-improved ergonomic experience for the operator.  It makes tamping fun!
  10. Scuffle Hoe (Hula Hoe): Frequently used during edging projects on the infield or warning track edges. This hoe is also a good non-chemical weed control tool if you catch them coming up in your warning track or infield when they are young. The scuffle hoe is also useful in shaving down high spots in the clay areas on mounds and batter’s boxes provided that the clay is soft or moist enough to penetrate.  If too dry, simply moisten deeply and let stand for a while before shaving the high spots.

A quick note to go with what Luke has to say about “Bolt” drags for infield scarification.  Bolts are a more aggressive scarification tool that leaves behind a coarser textured infield when used.  If these are used for day-to-day game day prep, you may have to deal with a “washboard” effect because of the coarse ridges and valleys left by the bolts. This is why daily nail dragging should be performed by a unit that uses nails to cut a finer textured furrow in the soil.  These will not affect ball roll.  Save the “Bolt” drag for renovation or warning track work.

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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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

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Multi-use sports facility coming to Barboursville, W.VA. this summer !

Multi-use sports facility coming to Barboursville, W.VA.

this summer !

Three of Barboursville City Park’s 15 athletic fields are getting an upgrade.

A multi-use recreational complex will cost nearly $1.8 million and will allow for a variety of sports to be played on Barboursville’s athletic fields.

Phase one of the project will bring synthetic turf, lighting, seating, common areas and more. The fields would host a variety of sports, including soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse and football.

Barboursville Mayor Chris Tatum says the town has a tradition of hosting soccer tournaments and they feel now is a good time to do the improvements.

“Because we already have the bid for these tournaments for a few years out, we decided to go ahead and make phase one the outdoor facilities, meaning synthetic turf and the things that go with it,” Tatum said.

Tatum says there’s a need for more synthetic fields in the area and a better surface will be valuable for athletes.

“Everyone is always fighting for space. Practice space, game space and things like that,” Tatum said. “We feel like we’re meeting a community need for youth and adult recreation.”

Not too far away in Institute is the Shawnee Sports Complex. Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango says the Barboursville complex isn’t competition, it’s a compliment to what they can offer to big tournaments.

“The more turf fields we have, the better off we’re going to be. We’re excited Barboursville is getting turf fields. That’s just more tournaments we’ll be able to have. Bigger tournaments,” Salango said. “Having turf in Barboursville is going to be a compliment to travel sports around the area.”

In phase two, an indoor complex is also under consideration for other sports and activities in the future.

“We also feel it’s going to create another dynamic of quality of life for our residents and their families,” Tatum said.

The plan, Tatum said, is to get the fields done by the time this year’s soccer tournaments begin in late June.

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No Smoke, No Mirrors… Just Better Soils !

DuraEdge has revolutionized the infield soil industry since coming to market in 2006. We love DuraEdge because of their hard-driving quest to find innovative solutions for the infield soils industry. DuraEdge President Grant McKnight (right) is the mastermind behind their innovative products. His intense desire to find groundskeepers solutions for their infield soils is based in science. These solutions are able to be qualitatively and quantitatively tested, verified and then replicated exactly — no matter where the soil product is produced.

Back in the 1990s, Grant’s family owned a sand plant. More specifically, they were in the business of designing concrete and asphalt mixes. Grant would go on to later purchase the business from his father when he was retiring. He then proceeded to make an attempt selling their sand for golf greens. Penn State’s Andy McNitt became Grant’s mentor in teaching him the physical properties of soil. As time went on, Grant struggled with the golf industry. Then one day, an old-timer in the business suggested he try making infield soils instead — something Grant knew absolutely nothing about. But in the early 2000s, he searched for standards for infield soil recipes and found very little information. Grant quickly realized he would have to start from scratch. It was then he set out to develop tests and processes for developing and evaluating infield soils.

DuraEdge Soils

Now up to this point, infield soils that were sold in the U.S. were usually soils that were harvested and screened and labeled for sale as infield soil. There was NO science involved in the process. Grant’s persistence in constantly testing and developing the best way to manufacture consistent, high-quality infield soils paid off. After much blood, sweat & tears, DuraEdgeinfield soils were born. The key was once he found an effective soil formula, he needed to ensure he would be able to make the soils exactly the same, time after time. So Grant designed and constructed a mobile blending plant called “the DuraMixer” that allowed him to replicate the exact same infield soils anywhere in the country. That consistency was absolutely crucial to DuraEdge’s success and was truly a revolutionary concept in the infield soil industry.

Within a few years, DuraEdge soils had quickly found their way into more than half the MLB ballparks, as well as many of the Minor League fields. Today, DuraEdge is in all but a handful of MLB parks and the product is in demand from pro ballplayers due to its performance during games. DuraEdge soils are now used at all levels of play — from Little League all the way up through the pros.

But Grant didn’t stop there. He is certainly not one who rests on his laurels. Once DuraEdge had perfected infield soils, focus turned to mound clays, expanded shale infield topdressings and, now to calcined clay infield topdressings. DuraEdge strives to create the best products possible that provide the biggest benefit to the baseball and softball groundskeepers. And it’s all guided by science, research and testing to back up their claims. Grant is so very transparent with his testing and makes the results available in his marketing materials and website. He hides nothing. And, that more than anything is why groundskeepers everywhere have grown to love DuraEdge and their products. You get top-quality materials — no smoke, no mirrors.

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So what does Grant see as the biggest challenge ahead in the soil industry? He sees it as figuring out how to stem the tide of the 1,000+ American ballfields converting to artificial turf every year. Knowing the challenges of maintaining infields is a big part of that, you can bet he is already working on a solution.

Beacon and DuraEdge are very similar. We have both carved out a niche in the baseball and softball world and we strive to develop and provide innovative solutions that provide answers for the challenges of modern day groundskeeping. We’re proud to provide their great products, knowing this will help many of our customers nationwide. The Beacon-DuraEdge partnership is making a difference.

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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We Can Save You Money In 2020 !

* ( 16 Different Amateur Sports ) *

( Teams, Officials, Tournaments, & Facilities ) *

1-800-622-7370

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www.sadlersports.com/soda

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

Since 1981”

www.sportsplexoperators.com

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Multi-sports complex to be built at Barboursville, W.Va. City Park !

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A brand new, multi-use sports complex is being built at Barboursville City Park.

A brand new, multi-use sports complex is being built at Barboursville City Park.

Barboursville Mayor Chris Tatum tells WSAZ the village approved almost $1.8 million at their meeting on Tuesday to go toward the first phase of the project.

“This project will benefit our youth sports programs, as well as extend our ability to attract larger/multi-sport tournaments and teams from near and far,” Tatum said. “The investment we are making solidifies our commitment to our young people and ensures we continue to reap the benefits of the $9 billion industry that is sports tourism.”

The village is financing the first phase themselves.

The the first phase of building at the Barboursville Sports Complex will include three synthetic turf fields. The mayor says the fields will be ready for soccer tournaments in late June and early July.

The mayor says the village hopes to break ground on the project in about three weeks.

The fields will be used for a number of sports including soccer, baseball, softball, football and lacrosse.

According to the mayor, the village is hoping to attract big tournaments in the future.

The second phase of the project will include building an indoor recreation facility.

That facility will be used for basketball and other indoor sports. It will also have batting cages inside.

“Everyone is always fighting for practice space,” Tatum said. “Hopefully that will allow us to monetize our facility by offering those rentals.”

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New concession items available at Astros games in 2020 !

    • PHOTOS: A look at some of the concession items that will be available at Astros games this season The various hot dogs available at Minute Maid Park for Astros games during the 2020 season. Browse through the photos above for a look at food items coming to Minute Maid Park this season ... Photo: MICHAEL WYCKOFF

 

The various hot dogs available at Minute Maid Park for Astros games during the 2020 season.

It seems as though 2020 is the year of the tater tot.

The Astros unveiled some concession items that will be available at Minute Maid Park this season, and everything tater tot-based was a big hit.

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There were tots covered in beef picadillo and queso blanco, or jalapeno and bacon or buffalo chicken or just about anything else you think would sound delicious with those crunchy morsels of potato.

There also will be a wide assortment of hot dogs covered in your choice of brisket, pork lechon, beef picadillo or just a good ol’ fashioned one with mustard.

If you’re looking for something that you don’t necessarily see every day at a baseball game, you could grab a bowl of Mongolian Beef or General Tso’s chicken.

And, of course, watching baseball with a plate of Killen’s barbecue in your lap also will be an option this season.

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Hitting Mats – The Groundskeeper’s Secret Weapon !

Hitting Mats – The Groundskeeper’s

Secret Weapon

Beacon Athletics

Hitting and pitching mats are a great tool in the groundskeeper’s tool box. You may not think of them as a “tool” but they are absolutely effective at helping you maintain the mound and home plate wear areas.

They provide two major benefits to the playing surface.

  1. Mats eliminate the wear that would normally occur in the batters’ boxes or the front of the mound when any kind of practice is occurring.
  2. The mat helps to manage moisture in the clay areas beneath the mat during practice since those two clay areas would normally have been exposed and susceptible to the evaporative forces of sun, wind and low humidity. These are the culprits that can rapidly steal valuable moisture from these high-wear areas.

Other uses for hitting mats

These hitting mats and pitching mats are not only beneficial outdoors or on natural fields, they also work great for protecting:

  • Permanent artificial turf playing fields
  • Batting cages (turf or non-turf areas)
  • Soft-toss areas (hitting stations)
  • Gym floor
  • Turf at your indoor facility

When permanent artificial turf is installed, it is best to use a hitting mat to hit off whenever possible so that that routine concentrated foot traffic does not inflict excessive wear and damage on the permanent turf, which can result in costly repairs of your turf.

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.