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    If you were building a new youth baseball field what features would you make sure you put in?

  • #2
    The ability to have both 60 and 70 foot bases.

    Proper dirt mix on the mound and home plate (this should be different than normal infield dirt).

    Recessed dugouts (yeah it's not a must but the kids LOVE it)
    Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill.

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    • #3
      Dugouts that were not so easily accessible by parents.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Xraf View Post
        If you were building a new youth baseball field what features would you make sure you put in?
        Lights, 300' fence, the ability to handle all levels from 46/60 - 60/90, bleachers that are nowhere near the dugout, sunken dugouts so 'good intentioned" parents can't talk to their kids, 2 sets of batting cages that could be used year round,irrigation system,snack bar with announcers booth ...

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        • #5
          Synthetic turf on the entire field. . .minimizes rainouts.

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          • #6
            Artificial turf playing surface is a must. Field can be made playable in 15-20min after a very hard rain.
            If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out. - George Brett

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nemosupremo View Post
              Lights, 300' fence, the ability to handle all levels from 46/60 - 60/90, bleachers that are nowhere near the dugout, sunken dugouts so 'good intentioned" parents can't talk to their kids, 2 sets of batting cages that could be used year round,irrigation system,snack bar with announcers booth ...
              How would you do this on the same field?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by daque View Post
                How would you do this on the same field?
                You beat me to it!

                The only way to do it without making the field “goofy”, is to use a skinned IF and portable mounds. I have no problem with that, but lots of people do.
                The pitcher who’s afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by scorekeeper View Post
                  You beat me to it!

                  The only way to do it without making the field “goofy”, is to use a skinned IF and portable mounds. I have no problem with that, but lots of people do.
                  Yep, the skinned IF isn't ideal but if you went with artificial turf it wouldn't matter. Some of the portable mounds today are very good and they are zero maintenance for the most part. I get tired of fixing the mound in between innings because the pitchers plant holes aren't the same!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nemosupremo View Post
                    Yep, the skinned IF isn't ideal but if you went with artificial turf it wouldn't matter.
                    How so? Seems to me that someone would be pulling or and putting down the fake turf every time there was a field change.

                    Some of the portable mounds today are very good and they are zero maintenance for the most part. I get tired of fixing the mound in between innings because the pitchers plant holes aren't the same!
                    You’re correct. There are a lot of good products out there. Trouble is, there’s always going to need to be some jockeying with the mound because each size field requires a different mound height. Its not an insurmountable issue, but its an issue none-the-less.
                    The pitcher who’s afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by scorekeeper View Post
                      How so? Seems to me that someone would be pulling or and putting down the fake turf every time there was a field change.



                      You’re correct. There are a lot of good products out there. Trouble is, there’s always going to need to be some jockeying with the mound because each size field requires a different mound height. Its not an insurmountable issue, but its an issue none-the-less.
                      SK, we got to a play a couple games this Spring on one of the new fields that Cal Ripken is donating around the country. It was artificial turf everywhere. Even the infield and around homeplate and the backstop were covered in brown colored turf. It used a portable mound and the distances were clearly marked which made set up quick and easy. One of the nicest fields I've ever been on at the youth level. The kids loved it and there wasn't a bad hop to be had anywhere.
                      Very fast field though like those in the 70's that rewarded hard hit grounders.

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                      • #12
                        A skinned infield but instead of a portable mound, relocate the home plate. Of course that means multiple foul poles which would not be necessary with a portable mound. How well do they hold up?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nemosupremo View Post
                          SK, we got to a play a couple games this Spring on one of the new fields that Cal Ripken is donating around the country. It was artificial turf everywhere. Even the infield and around homeplate and the backstop were covered in brown colored turf. It used a portable mound and the distances were clearly marked which made set up quick and easy. One of the nicest fields I've ever been on at the youth level. The kids loved it and there wasn't a bad hop to be had anywhere.
                          Very fast field though like those in the 70's that rewarded hard hit grounders.
                          I have to play just a bit of the Devil’s Advocate here. I had the unfortunate experience of helping maintain a field like that, and while it was beautiful and a true joy when it was new, it was a maintenance nightmare. Many people believe that turf in indestructible and lasts forever, and its just not true. After less than 100 games, we found we had to start replacing turf.

                          It started after less than 50 games with the areas around home plate and the 1st base line. Next came the area around 1st base, followed by the F6 and F4 areas. By the time we had to mess with the F5 area, we had to redo the home plate and 1st base line again. Now it may be that the company originally installing it was poor, but as far as I know the same materials used on the CR fields was used.

                          I also have to say that the board in charge of that field was a bunch of jerks. They wanted the field PERFECT for every play of every game, and spent tons of $$$$$$ to do that. I stopped after less than a year because it was fruitless trying to get uses of the field to do the things necessary to keep it nice. I was a volunteer and not willing to donate 15-20 of my time every week to monitor what was going on, along with the sweeping, blowing, hosing, and other things necessary to keep the field pure.

                          I sincerely hope your experience is much different, but I’m not sure that the state of the art of the products available is quite ready for the constant use of baseball, where there’s always a player in much the same place over and over, and using the high use areas like base paths.

                          BTW, we had an average of 5 games a day on the thing over the course of that 1st year, and that’s a lot of use.
                          The pitcher who’s afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by daque View Post
                            A skinned infield but instead of a portable mound, relocate the home plate. Of course that means multiple foul poles which would not be necessary with a portable mound. How well do they hold up?
                            The better ones which cost in the thousands$$$$ hold up very well. But they are HEAVY. Takes 5 or 6 guys to move them around.

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                            • #15
                              Lights, for sure.
                              Dugouts where the parents cannot get close to them, for sure.
                              Turf? No way. I have seen what it can do to uniform pants. Plus, that's not baseball. Give me grass and an excellent drainage system.
                              Gotta have bullpens and near by batting cages.
                              Something overhead on the grandstands so that the parents don't fry in the sun or get soaked in the rain.
                              A backstop that's not so close where it's impossible to score from 3B on a WP or PB...but not so far away that it's a gimmie to score on a WP or PB.
                              Scoreboard that gives runs per inning as opposed to just total runs per team.
                              Position the field so that the setting sun does not get in the eyes of the first baseman trying to take a throw from an infielder, or in the eyes of the pitcher, batter or catcher.
                              A separate and fenced in on-deck area next to the dugout. (Yes, I know, on deck bat swinging is not allowed in LL.)
                              Foul lines clearing marked in the outfield.
                              Dugouts large enough for kids to hang their equipment bags without blocking views from the bench.
                              That's what I can quickly think of...

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