Rain, rain go away come again some other day. When it comes to infield maintenance more planning and thought is needed than invoking this children’s rhyme. Excessive moisture can ruin the playability of infield so it is important to know how to recover from rain. Here are some types to help maintenance crews maintain the viability of the infield.
Keep the infield properly graded: Ideally, infields should be graded in a manner that makes the pitcher’s mound the highest point on the field and so that the surface grade then slopes away from the mound in all directions. This contributes to better drainage. Infield grooming is a task that takes vigilance, careful measurements and the proper equipment. Our 42” wide Handozer D3.5 MG is perfect for grooming baseball infields or any size be it a high school infield or a professional level field.
Maintain your turf edges: Properly maintaining the turf edges of your infield to prevent lip buildup allows water to easily pass from the infield to the turf areas.
Choose the right soil material: The right soiling material can have a huge impact on how quickly your infield recovers from heavy downpours. For example, soil with proper amounts of medium to coarse sand and with the correct mixture of silt to clay, can mean the difference between the infield recovering from rain events in days as opposed hours. The proper infield groomer can help disperse and grade the materials over the infield so that conditions return to normal swiftly after a rain event.
Know your field: Keep meticulous records on weather conditions, soil analysis, player performance and equipment used to maintain the field.
Do it right the first time: Make sure that if you are responsible for building the infield from scratch that you do the job right. Money, time and effort spent creating the infield will pay off in huge dividends later.
Use Proper dragging techniques: Vary your dragging patterns so that you can maintain a level, consistent surface throughout the season. Also use a nail drag and a mat drag when grading the infield surface, so that the surface drains and plays properly. Using the same dragging pattern constantly can cause the field to develop inconsistencies such as high and low spots.
Remember, the ultimate goal is to always make the infield as playable as possible regardless of what weather conditions it inevitably undergoes. Rain events can be an excellent time to evaluate and even improve upon the viability of your field. Your field will recover from excessive water faster and game play will improve tenfold.