Clayton Hubbs, Director of Operations at Stabilizer Solutions, recommends the use of engineered soils and conditioners is best for infield construction and renovation.
Clayton says: "Infields come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The first thing to consider when selecting the proper infield mix is the size and strength of your athlete. Athletes require a certain amount of support from the surface.
An infield must be designed to provide (in engineering terms) the correct amount of load bearing and shear strength to support player movements. Infield mix production has been trending towards better structural design through soil particle engineering. This is essentially blending the proper proportions of sand, silt and clay to meet load bearing and shear strength requirements of the player.
Soil particles are like the DNA of the infield. They decide how your infield will perform. Clay is the only soil particle that has cohesion without water, a critical component. We need clay particles to give us load bearing and shear strength, but when the concentration of clay particles becomes too high, it can cause compaction and traction problems. This can limit the athlete’s ability to grip the infield.
Engineered infield mixes are important, as clay content must be balanced with the correct percentages of silt and sand particles based on the size and needs of the players."