Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Suggested Order of Field Design, Development and Construction

  • Hire a sports turf manager or field consultant.
    • Develop the maintenance budget and begin to order maintenance equipment. A reputable field contractor can install a professional level field in 45 days so it is important to be ready to take care of the field when the sod is laid.
  • Secure the services of a qualified surveyor and field contractor and/or field project director. Making small mistakes during the planning period could result in costly maintenance problems in the future.
  • Determine elevation and grade lines to confirm existing grades and to determine how those grades will need to change to allow the field to drain properly.
  • Have a soil analysis completed to determine what types of soils exist at the site. The soil analyst will send the soil sample to a certified testing service that understands the important differences between testing soils for roads, buildings and sports fields. The testing service will test for particle size, percolations, soluble salts and PH levels.
  • Roto-till hard pan and subsurface soil if the site proves to be an impermeable surface.
  • Install irrigation system mainlines and outlets.
  • Excavate and pour concrete footings for light towers, dugouts, stands and locker room.
  • Install the drain tile system, drain outlets, sewer system.
  • Install electricity lines, cables and outlets to light poles or towers, dugouts and seating areas.
  • Lay out stabilized areas - haul in aggregate for warning tracks, paths to the home plate area, in front of dugouts, coaches’ boxes, on-deck areas, and Fungo circles (areas near each baseline which are used during training or infield practice.)
  • Replace or prepare native topsoil from the soil analysis formula, mix in soil structure amendments. This material can be stockpiled on site. Again, if a sand-based field system is being constructed, remove all of the soil from the existing field and replace it with a pea gravel drainage system and sand-based root zone for the growing medium.
  • Sterilize native soil materials if possible. Removing or reducing the weeds in this material can result in future cost savings related to weed control.
  • Roto-till the soil for uniform and thorough mixing. Rework the area to grade elevations with laser grader.
  • Recheck grade elevations with a surveyor's report.
  • Roll the area to a firm soil.
  • Install backstops, fences, scoreboard, flag pole and foul line markers.
  • Build a pitcher’s mound.
  • Spread a starter fertilizer.
  • Complete finish grading with a laser grading device.
  • Remeasure the field dimensions and recheck grade elevations carefully.
  • Set the home plate, pitchers plate and base anchors.
  • Mark all grass lines, circles, arcs and boxes with chalk or lime.
  • Plant the area (seed, vegetatively, or sod.)
  • Build the bullpens.
  • Finish construction and installation of dugouts, light poles/towers, seating areas, locker rooms, showers, toilets, storage space, concession stands and parking lots.