Baseball and Softball Fields: Design, Construction, Renovation, and Maintenance

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9780471447931: Baseball and Softball Fields: Design, Construction, Renovation, and Maintenance

Create the flawless playing field your team and its fans deserve. This book covers it all, from stadium and field design to fences and drainage to amenities for spectators. In practical, non-technical language, the authors outline the most common problems you?re likely to encounter and provide solutions for each, including special considerations for all major North American climate zones. With contributions from Major League groundskeepers who share their experiences in managing state-of-the-art facilities, this guide is your ticket to a truly gorgeous field.

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Complete guidelines and specifications for designing, building, and maintaining baseball and softball fields

Baseball and Softball Fields is a hands-on tool for everyone responsible for the maintenance and management of baseball and softball facilities, including new construction and reconstruction projects. Packed with in-depth material on the design, construction, and maintenance of baseball and softball fields, this practical resource offers real-world knowledge from industry experts, including Major League groundskeepers. Other useful information includes guidelines, specifications, and tips for keeping playing fields in top-notch condition.

Leading professionals demonstrate the proven techniques and best practices they use year after year to overcome common problems, from cosmetic fixes for damaged turfgrass to spot drainage systems for wet spots on a field. Written in nontechnical language that professionals can quickly understand, the step-by-step guidelines in this book can be swiftly implemented without any background in field design, turfgrass management, or soil science. From recreational fields to state-of-the-art stadiums, coverage addresses a variety of useful topics for a broad range of ballparks, including:

  • Stadium and field design
  • Fences, dugouts, and bullpens
  • Drainage and irrigation
  • Soil selection
  • Turf management
  • Field aesthetics
  • Renovation
  • Skinned-area maintenance

With material addressing all three growing zones in North America–the warm season, the transitional, and the cool season–Baseball and Softball Fields is a potent resource for builders, managers, and groundskeepers of all types of baseball and softball fields.

About the Author:

JIM PUHALLA is President of Sportscape International, Inc., a firm specializing in the design, construction, renovation, and maintenance of sports fields and related facilities. He has contributed numerous articles to Sports Turf magazine and received the magazine?s "Baseball Diamond of the Year" award in 1995 for reconstructing Boardman High School?s field in Ohio.

JEFF KRANS is Professor of Agronomy in the Golf and Sports Turf Management program at Mississippi State University. He has conducted extensive turfgrass research, as well as developed, patented, and commercialized four turf-type bermudagrass cultivars.

MIKE GOATLEY is Professor of Agronomy in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University. He has conducted turfgrass research in the areas of plant nutrition, plant growth regulation, and soil modification.

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