Basic Baseball Field Maintenance

April 29, 2016

One of the most frequent questions Andy Ommen gets asked is “What is the most important tool you can have when maintaining a baseball field?” His answer is always “time.”

Baseball fields cannot be maintained on a whim or a moment’s notice, especially if you expect to provide your athletes a safe, quality playing surface. It isn’t a basketball floor that needs a mop, or a soccer pitch or football field that might need mowing. As long as there is wind blowing, grass growing, or rain falling you need to be on your field. And the result can be a safe, well-manicured ball diamond.

No matter how busy or how vacant your field is, you have to maintain it. So often I see high school fields left unattended and neglected in the off-season because nobody is around to take care of it. This is your time to perfect it with no deadline time constraints. Step up, make the effort and take the time to continue to maintain that field. The better you maintain it the less work and expense it will be when season rolls around and the safer the playing conditions. If your time is limited, prioritize by:

  • Safety
  • Playability
  • Consistency
  • Aesthetics

Andy's full article can be viewed here!