How to Build a Baseball Field – Natural Grass Pitch (With Sketch Drawings)

How to Build a Baseball Field – Natural Grass Pitch (With Sketch Drawings)

Contents:

Layout of Baseball Field

How To Build a Natural Grass Baseball Field

Setting Out the Overall Baseball Field

Baseball Field Substructure

Building the Pitching Mound

Building 1st, 2nd and 3rd Base

Building the Batter’s  Boxes, Catcher’s Box and Home Plate  in the Home Circle

Baseball Backstop

Drawing 1 – Baseball Field Layout – Plan

Baseball is a popular sport in the USA, which you might mistake for English cricket (commonly played in British Commonwealth countries) because of their many similarities. Both games originated in England although cricket is the older of the two. The games were imported to the USA by British settlers in the 1800s, and as time went on baseball became more popular than cricket after the 1865 American civil war. In the American MLB (Major League Baseball), each team has 9 or 10 players depending on the rules. In cricket, each side has 11 players.

A baseball field may look like an ordinary athletic sports pitch, but it involves complex planning, design and construction. This is due to the fact that the pitch is not flat throughout, and its layout is more challenging than a football field. When building an NHSF or MLB regulated field for collegiate and professional tournaments, a high level of accuracy is required when grading the infield slopes to ensure that the elevations of the pitching mound, home plate and bases are maintained according to the rules. The challenge comes when you are trying to integrate a suitable drainage system for the field. Surface rainwater has to be drained off and away from the field, so how do you grade and build an efficient drainage system that doesn’t interfere with the Sports Body regulation rules for setting out the field and dimensions?

Slope and drainage are some of the things that you have to consider when building a baseball field. In the planning stage of your project, there are many things that you have to consider. This includes deciding the overall size of your pitch, the stadium and its features besides the infield. Are you going to have a field with spectator stands, backstop fencing, car parking, outfield fencing, access points (gates) for spectators and players, extensive lighting, ticket booths, ablution facilities, separate dugouts (boxes or sitting areas) for the coach and players? Some of these things may be optional if you are building a residential or recreational baseball field that is not used for professional or regulated tournaments. An MLB professional league and collegiate baseball field is much bigger than an NFHS senior and junior high school field. The former is 110,000 square foot, and the later is 90,000 sf and 60,000 sf respectively.

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