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Baseball

Infield Area

  • Loosen shale and silt with appropriate tools to a depth of 5cm
  • Rake and float skinned areas with a steel mat leaving a slight crown for water drainage
  • Compact soft areas by rolling and tamping
  • Fill any depressions on skinned areas with shale/silt
  • Vary floating patterns to avoid lipping
  • Keep bases level and aligned with the dimensions of the diamond

Home Plate Area

  • Fill with shale/silt to provide a workable yet firm footing that is not too loose
  • Level it with the top of home plate to prevent water pooling and provide proper drainage

Base Paths

  • Should be straight, following 90 degree angles from home plate point towards first and third bases
  • Edge the base paths to keep grass from encroaching defined areas as required
  • Grade as required so there is no rutted or dished appearance
  • Fill any depressions with shale/silt

Outfield

  • Mow to a height of 5cm
  • Top dress with topsoil and overseed depressions as required

Backstops

  • Ensure area is free of holes and structurally sound
  • Ensure area is free of any other hazards
  • Repair backstops as required
  • Drill a 1cm at the base of upright poles for water drainage and to stop frost heaving
  • Install bottom rail 30-45cm above ground along bottom edge of structure to prevent mesh warping

Bleachers and Benches

  • Sand or rasp all surfaces to remove graffiti and prevent slivers/splinters
  • Replace broken wooden boards/components
  • Eliminate any protruding object
  • Adjust and tighten/replace as required: nuts, bolts, screws, couplings
  • Paint as necessary

Shale

  • Recommended shale size is 5/16" crushed, often labelled as "ball diamond"
  • Reclaim material from surrounding area
  • Remove lipping
  • Define and edge as per standard dimensions
  • Add shale to get correct grade
  • Rake and level area
  • Ensure area is clean and free of debris

Silt

  • Use baseball standard silt or use a mixture of 50% silt and 50% playground sand
  • Reclaim material from surrounding area
  • Remove lipping
  • Define and edge as per standard dimensions
  • Add silt/sand to get correct grade
  • Rake any excess silt/sand and level area
  • Ensure area is clean and free of debris

Cricket

Pitch Area

  • Water, roll and pack leaving slight crown for drainage
  • Surface to be kept compact and hard
  • Add material to bring to standard
  • Lightly rake for playing

Field of Play

  • Surface to be kept clean/free of debris, obstructions and protrusions
  • Remove diseased/damaged turf
  • Fill, level and reseed/sod
  • Field of play determined by available space

Rectangular Fields

Playing Surface

  • Remove diseased/damaged turf
  • Fill, level and reseed/sod
  • Fill in and level depressions with soil top dress and overseed
  • Fertilize, water, and aerate

Goal Posts

  • Check bases and weld joints for cracks and excessive rust/wear
  • Check concrete/secure footings
  • Ensure all tops of vertical poles are capped
  • Refurbish/replace goal posts that cannot be repaired
  • If poles are to be refurbished, strip tape and remove rust and loose paint
  • Prime/paint as required and use a quick drying paint
  • Drill a 1cm hole at base of upright poles for water drainage

Tennis Courts

Spring Start Up

  • Clean, sweep and wash surface area
  • Check posts and mesh
  • Check turnbuckles
  • Check condition of nets and cable supports
  • Replace/repair as necessary
  • Adjust to proper height for play
  • Check timer and lights

Summer Maintenance

  • Check courts on a weekly basis
  • Check nets/posts
  • Clean/sweep up debris
  • Make repairs as necessary
  • Check for vandalism

End of Season

  • Make sure timers for light are shut off
  • Remove/repair, fold and store tennis nets
  • Remove turnbuckles
  • Inspect chain link fence, fixtures and playing surface
  • Make repairs where possible

Track and Field

Pole Vault

Note: Portable pits are recommended for high jump and pole vault.

Long Jump Pit

Note: pit dimensions: 8m x 3m x 0.3m deep

  • Define edges
  • Remove lipping
  • Level to grade
  • Sand to be clean and free of debris
  • Ensure takeoff boards are in place and secure (track venues only)
  • Replace takeoff boards if worn/splintered (track venues only)
  • Maintain proper drainage/compaction

Jump Pit Material

  • Use "washed playground sand"
  • Sand to be clean and free of debris
  • Reclaim material from surround area
  • Rototill as required
  • Rake sand level with perimeter
  • Add sand as required
  • Define and edge pit
  • Dimensions for runways are 1.2m wide and a minimum of 37.5m long

¼ Mile Track Material

  • Recommended shale size is 5/16" crushed, often labelled as "ball diamond"
  • Reclaim material from surrounding area
  • Remove lipping
  • Define and edge as per standard dimensions
  • Add shale to grade
  • Rake and level area
  • Area to be clean and free of debris
  • Mark using chalk not lime

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca

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