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Field Maintenance Instructions

Contents of each field box:

  • 3 bases
  • Score book
  • Dig-out tool
  • Hose
  • Dirt tamper
  • Chalk machine
  • Line reel with hammer
Infield rakes are hanging on the dugout fences
Batters box templates are behind the field boxes against the fences
Metal 6' x 18" drags are up again the dugout fences
Hoses and bases need to be put away after the last game

Extra chalk is located in the blue 55 gallon drum next to the Concession Stand
 

Pre-Game Work:  Visitors Team

Install the bases
Infield and baselines

  1. Check the condition of the infield and baselines.  If the dirt looks like it has been raked/dragged after the previous game, proceed to chalking the field.  If not, follow the directions below.
  2. Using the infield rake, rake all displaced dirt away from the grass edges. Generally this only needs to be done around 1st and 3rd bases. Never rake the dirt towards or into the grass as it creates lips.  
  3. Use the rake to fill in any low areas around the bases and/or around the pitcher's mound.
  4. Using the metal drag, drag the entire infield area.  Make sure you overlap when you change directions. The drags are usually rolled up against one of the dugout fences.  Do not drag dirt into the grass areas as it creates lips.

Chalking the batter's boxes

  1. Get the chalk machine from the field box. Make sure the bin is full of chalk.  Extra chalk is located in the blue 55-gallon drum next to the Concessions stand and inside the bullpen at the Juniors Field.
  2. Retrieve the batters box template (3’ x 6’ PCV pipe rectangle).  The template is behind the field boxes against the fences. 
  3. Lay the template down with the 4” tab against the side of home plate in the dirt. The 6’ dimension of the template should be parallel with the imaginary line from the center of home plate and center of the pitching rubber.
  4. Gently step along the entire pipe template.  This will leave an impression in the dirt.
  5. Follow that impression left in the dirt with the chalk machine. Center the chalk on the impression.
  6. Place the chalk machine back into the field box.

Chalking the baselines and foul lines

  1. Drive a spike into the ground behind the point in the back of home plate.
  2. Drive a spike on the foul line in left field.
  3. String the line from spike to spike. 
  4. Pull the string taut to straighten it, then lay the string down on the dirt or grass.
  5. Place the chalk machine above the line. The chalk machine will put down a 2-inch-wide strip of chalk on the ground.  The edge of the chalk line should be applied on the string line and extend into the field of play. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO APPLY THE CHALK LINE IN FAIR TERRITORY.  Try to follow the string line as close as you can so that the chalk line is straight. Please note that the string line will go over the outside of the 1st and 3rd base.  
  6. Repeat the steps above for the right field line.
  7. In time, the grass foul lines will have accumulated enough chalk. Re-chalk the grass foul lines as needed.
  8. Place the chalk machine back into the field box.
 

Post-Game Work:  Home Team

Batter's box

  1. Fill in any low spots created by the batters using the rake. The infield rakes are hanging on the dugout fences.  Make sure that the dirt is level with home plate. Never rake the dirt towards the grass.
  2. Use the dirt tamper (located in the field box) to compact the dirt if needed.  Adding a small amount of water will help with the compaction. 
  3. Water GENEROUSLY after completed, unless there is a game following yours.  In that case, use a smaller amount of water.

Pitcher's Mound

  1. Fill in any low spots created by the pitcher using the rake. Pay special attention to the front of the pitching rubber and the landing area (front foot plant). Never rake the dirt towards the grass. 
  2. Use the dirt tamper to compact the dirt in the front of the pitching rubber and the landing area.  Adding a small amount of water will help with the compaction. The holes created during the game should be even with surrounding soil and compact.
  3. Water GENEROUSLY after completed.  Use a smaller amount of water if there is a game following yours. 

Infield area

  1. Remove the bases and put them in the field box if your game is the last game of the day. If not, remove them and reinstall them after you complete the steps below.
  2. Using the infield rake, rake all displaced dirt away from the grass edges. Generally this only needs to be done around 1st and 3rd bases.  Do not rake the dirt towards or into the grass area as it creates lips.  
  3. Use the rake to fill in any low areas around the bases.
  4. Using the metal drag, drag the entire infield area.  Make sure you overlap when you change directions. The drags are usually rolled up against one of the dugout fences.  Do not drag dirt into the grass areas as it creates lips. You need to pick up the drag when you are completed so that you don't drag any dirt into the grass.
  5. Water GENEROUSLY after dragging is completed.  Use a smaller amount of water if there is a game following yours.

Baselines

  1. Using the aluminum rake, rake all displaced dirt away from the grass edges.  Never rake the dirt towards or into the grass area as it creates lips. The rakes have been cut down to fit inside the base paths. 
  2. Starting from home plate using the drag, drag each base line back and forth until uniformly flat.  Make sure that no dirt piles up against the grass. If so repeat step #1.

Watering the field

  1. Retrieve the hose from your field box.
  2. Behind each pitchers mound there is an 8” round green plastic cover at dirt level.  Remove that cover and expose water pipe.
  3. Lift the small metallic cover on the pipe to expose the female connection. On the end of the hose there is a male quick coupler.
  4. Insert the male side into the pipe in the ground. Align the small locking tab on the male end with to groove in the female coupler.
  5. While keeping downward pressure on the male coupler, grab the small bar handle that’s on the side of the male coupler on the hose and turn the coupler clockwise about 180 to 270 degrees.  This will turn the water on. When turning the water on and off, MAKE SURE THE SPRAY END IS TURNED ON (OPEN).  If the pressure has nowhere to go it will blast you right in the face.
  6. Roll up the hose and put it away. When rolling up the hose make sure you drain the water out of it.  If not done correctly, the water will drain inside the field boxes and prematurely rot the field boxes out.

**IMPORTANT
 
All hose water used at the fields is reclaimed water.  Please use caution when using this water.  Spraying water against the wind and/or breathing the atomized droplets of water is HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.
Do not let any child use or be involved with the hosing down of the infields.
 
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you put hose away after using it.  DPLL has been given permission by Goleta Water District to use their reclaimed water on our fields.  If Goleta Water District finds any hose not put back in the field boxes, they will confiscate the hose and take away our right to use their water on our fields.  We all know how hard and dusty the infields get without water, so please be responsible and put the hoses away when you are done with them.