How to Re-build a Pitchers Mound and Batters Box
- It's best to have 2 teams of 5-7 people per team. One team working on the pitchers mound and the other on the batters box. Allow 3-5 hours for each team. Doing it "right" is more of an acquired art than a science. Only work the fields that really need the work.
- Written material and videos can be found at:
- Written material on rebuilding the pitcher's mound at www.turface.com/howto/how-construct-pitcher’s-mound.
- Written material on rebuilding the batter's box at www.turface.com/howto/how-reconstruct-batters-and-catchers-boxes.
- Video on rebuilding the batter's box at www.turface.com/educational-resources.
- List of tools:
- Square-faced Shovel or Spade (recommended)
- Two-foot Carpenter's Level (recommended)
- Carpenter's Square
- Frame for Plateau Reconstruction
- Large Nail or Spike
- Mound Slope Board (recommended). This is a long 2x4 or 1x2 to make sure the mound slopes are at the correct downward angle
- Ten-Foot 2" x 4"
- Wheelbarrows (recommended)
- Landscape Rakes (recommended)
- Specialty Packing Clay - 10 bags for the pitchers mound and 10 for the batters box. There are 40 bags (50# ea bag) to a pallet.
- Tamp or Vibrating Asphalt Compactor (either is recommended; the compactor rents for $75 a day)
- Four-Foot 1" x 4"
- 100-foot Tape Measure (recommended)
- Mound Building Clay Bricks - It's recommended that you use 100 bricks for each side of the batters box and 125-150 bricks for the mound. There are 304 brick per pallet.
- Four-Sided Rubber (recommended)
- LOTS OF WATER for the clay (recommended). Allow about 15-20 gallons for both the pitchers mound and the batter's box. Since we don't have access to a faucet, we buy gallon water containers from Giant.
- For more information, go to www.fraziersfieldrepair.com/BaseballSoftballFieldDimensions.
Re-Conditioning the Infield
- The infield mix is the combination of sand, silt and clay to keep the dirt areas from becoming too hard.
- While one ton (40 bags, 50# ea bag per pallet) of product is recommended per 1,000 square feet of skinned area, we use 30 bags of Turface on the skinned area of the Upper and Lower field and 40-50 bags for the skinned area of the Middle fields. It's best to turn the top 3 inches before mixing the dirt with the product. Then water it down.
- For more information, go to www.turface.com/turface-products/infield-conditioners.
Distributors of Clay and Infield Mix
- Order your clay bricks, clay bags and infield mix from one of the local Diamond Pro distributors.
- Order it all at least 1 month before you need it.
Adding Dirt to the Infield
- Every year dirt should be added to the skinned areas of each field.
- It's best to order full truck loads. A legal full truck is 20 tons (roughly 16 yards).
- For the Lower and Upper fields, you'll need 12 yards (3,850 Square Feet) of dirt. For the Middle fields, 21 yards (6,700 Square Feet).
- Dump the dirt either in the parking lot next to the portable toilets or on the foul ball area next to the field.
- Mix in 20 bags of Turface, spread the dirt, pack it down with a roller.
- Order from a local landscaper. Ask for sifted dirt - without rocks and clay.
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