As the snow begins to melt, the chances are that it’s time to get ready for the upcoming baseball and softball seasons. With that, you need to make sure your playing fields and safety equipment are ready to go to ensure your athletes are safe as the season begins. You should have athletic padding in all the necessary areas, and it should be in good working condition. Additionally, the playing surface needs to be carefully monitored so that no one is hurt running the bases or fielding a ground ball. Here, our safety and design experts at SportsGraphics will discuss the checklist you need to go through to determine if your fields are ready for practice and competition.
Check the Dugout Padding
While you may not think of it as necessary, it is important you install dugout padding to protect your athletes in case they were to collide with the surface. If that were to happen, they could be injured by the force of the collision with the dugout material, which could be anything from wood to metal piping. Even if there are small gaps in the padding you already have around your dugout and its rails, it can cause an injury if someone were to collide with that small area. Additionally, you should invest in new dugout padding every few years to ensure it does not weaken and pose a threat. Outdoor padding is designed to withstand the elements. However, as it is subjected to extreme weather at times, it is crucial you are constantly examining it and checking for damages.
Check the Fence Padding
Another area that can cause bodily injury on baseball and softball fields is the fencing that surrounds the field of play. Catchers and corner infielders, first and third baseman, are constantly making plays on foul balls out of the field of play, which can cause them to collide with the fencing and backstop. For that reason, you should have the necessary areas covered, so they can play hard without fear of injury from collisions with the fences. Additionally, after collisions with fences, you should check the area to ensure the padding is still secured to the surface. While our products are designed to withstand harsh collisions and remain secured, it is always good to double-check.
Add Padding to Any Needed Surface
Depending on the design of your baseball and softball fields, there may be additional areas that pose a threat to your athletes. If that is the case, you need to invest in padding or other safety solutions to ensure your athletes are safe and can play as hard as possible.
Study and Repair the Playing Surface
One of the most important things you can do when preparing your practice facilities is to closely monitor the playing surfaces and take note of whether or not in needs to be repaired before your season begins. While some playing surface issues can be resolved by you, it is best to consult with a professional to ensure your field is in the best possible condition, so your athletes can play at the highest possible level without having to worry about injuries.
Contact SportsGraphics Today
If you are searching for a design and safety team to help you revamp your baseball and softball fields, as well as provide extra safety for your athletes, contact SportsGraphics today. Since we opened for business over 30 years ago, we have been providing our customers with state-of-the-art safety equipment with superb designs. To learn more, give us a call at 800-257-6405 or message us on our contact page today.