striping LL field

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by gcbailey, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    We've been asked to do fall maintenance on a couple little league fields in the area.... Apparently they haven't been mowed in the season ended in July and they are starting a fall league around here. What's the best method or layout for a decent stripe pattern? I've got a few pics showing before, and after the first mowing. You can't really make out the stripes too much, but we didn't really know where to start... center field working out, 1st base, 3rd... ???

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  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    Checkerboard pattern following first and third base lines?
     
  3. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just take a look at the little league world series fields. They will have the games on ESPN tonight, and you can look at the web site
     
  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    looks like checkerboard following 1st/3rd base is popular.
     
  5. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I like to run 4 directions.
    1Start at 3rd base and run down foul line to LF fouled pole.
    2 start at 1st and run that foul line
    3 start at one fou pole and run across to other ont at center field fence right in the middle, run toward 2 nd base bag

    In all cases this just provides a first pass for you to follow back and forth until field is complete.

    No following the outfield fence arc back and forth - amateurs do that
    No circles on infield. It looks terrible.

    It you do it this was twice a week you will see a big improvement in appearance just by changing owing habits. I always tell parks and schools this is the cheapest ND most important change you can make right away.
     
  6. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Terrible spelling and typos above. Sorry about that. Should not have written when I was so tired. I was just excited to see any activity on Sports Field forum!
     
  7. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    We'll be back out on Monday to the field. It's been a washout around here for the past few days. There are a total of 6 fields there, but only 2 of them will be used this fall. The second field will get it's first mowing in over a month on Monday... that should be fun. We do maintain a soccer complex, and striping it is MUCH easier! haha. I'm looking forward to doing this.
     
  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    Here's a couple more pics.... I didn't realize that the infield grass is un-proportional... Still need to practice the lines and these pics were 75% of the way through. I guess picking a focal point in the distance on each pass and the outfield....

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  9. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That is a great start! Amazing what proper regular mowing will do for these fields.
     
  10. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    ya, and it's probably 65/45 weed/grass... There are a total of 7 fields at the complex. I'd love to be able to get a full service contract worked up, but I don't know how the LL works their stuff as far as money goes. I know in the past they have always relied on volunteer work and upkeep.

    I wouldn't mind to take one field "under our wings" just to show them how it really could look, but I need to find some resources as far as field management goes relating to keeping the edges around the infield cut right, widths, angles, etc... We take care of a soccer complex and it's about as basic as can be. Nice to cut and we take care of the line marking, but there's a little more to upkeep on a ball field.
     

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