America’s pastime has been a beloved spectator sport for decades. Baseball has developed and changed over the years to become one of the most watched and played games in the US. In addition, softball has rapidly grown in popularity, at both a competitive and leisure level. One development that has taken these sports by storm, particularly at the high school and collegiate level, is the transition from using natural grass to synthetic turf fields.
Facilities that have switched to using artificial turf surfaces for baseball or softball are able to enjoy many benefits. These include reduced scheduling changes, savings on annual maintenance costs, ability to execute back-to-back games, and some even leverage their surfaces as an income source.
During this time of year baseball and softball games are in full swing – along with the potential for unexpected downpours. Though some general maintenance is required to ensure longevity and safety, synthetic turf fields are built with a drainage system and permeable backing layer, which prevents standing water from causing game delays or rain-outs. This reduces hours and money spent focusing on pre-game preparation, which typically includes field dragging, raking, rebuilding of the pitcher’s mound, and application of drying products.
Though these fields are designed to mimic the playability of natural grass, they also offer the surface consistency that players desire. Synthetic turf fields are built to be smooth and flat so athletes can maneuver freely, without concern for divots, ruts, or lumps.
As we all know, practice makes perfect. Synthetic turf fields allow players the benefit of spending more quality time on the field. With limited cancellations, delays, and no need for weather remediation, athletes can keep doing what they do best: playing ball.
No artificial turf field is one size fits all. Each system is custom designed to fit the needs of each facility and the needs of the programs using it. Our qualified and seasoned Field Consultants will guide owners through the process of determining the needs of the facility and how those will be executed in the design and installation process.
To check out some facilities that have benefited from switching to a synthetic baseball or softball field, visit our recent projects. If you’re interested in learning more about Motz’s comprehensive, synthetic turf system designed specifically for baseball or softball, swing by our TriplePlay page.
If you have questions about synthetic turf or would like more information about The Motz Group, please contact us today.