New Baseball Fields
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#1 May 8, 2013
My son plays HS baseball in the Fox District. He really likes the new astroturf baseball field. He came home the other day and told me that the girls softball teams will be playing on those nice, new fields in the fall.
Now, I've been to a softball game or two, and the pitchers drag their back foot on each pitch. I thought softball was played on a dirt field because of the foot dragging. Since I've seen pitchers literally dig holes out on the fields as they were pitching because of the required foot dragging, I would think that it would be much easier and less expensive to fill in the holes after each game, rather than to replace a piece of astroturf over time.
I guess we'll have to see how great that astroturf actually is.
#2 May 8, 2013
?Do you watch a lot of baseball and softball games on artificial turf or even on grass fields? Just wondering. The pitching mound and the baselines are all dirt, not turf, so why would there be turf on the pitching mound?
#3 May 8, 2013
At Seckman and Fox, the entire infield, including baselines, batter's box and pitching area are turf, the outfield is grass. They place a portable pitcher's mound out there for the pitchers to pitch from.
I've seen it and I've never seen anything like it.
#4 May 8, 2013
"Think Much" needs to drive by Seckman for Fox High School to see for himself.
I have no idea what the "powers that be" were thinking when they put this field in. I can see a baseball field having an infield that's made entirely of turf-no dirt anywhere-(although kind of unconventional) with a portable pitching mound for the pitchers to pitch from. I'd have to ask the baseball players, but I would wager that the infield part of the game is a little faster on turf, than grass.
As far as softball? I've been to hundreds of softball games, including numerous travel, high school, college (all divisions), the Women's College World Series and Chicago Bandits games.
I have never seen ONE outdoor fastpitch softball game ever played on a turf infield. Never.
They do have indoor tournaments for fastpitch, but it's always a smaller field (basically a regular sized infield and very small outfield), and you can see where the pitchers' back foot drag has worn the carpet.
I'd have to wonder what the varsity softball coaches at Fox and Seckman think about it. I'd think they'd have to change their coaching style a little to play on those fields.
And what if the softball players damage the turf? Are they going to paint a pitcher's circle on the field in the fall? You have to have one of those. Or, are they going to buy (or have made, as I've never seen one) a turf mat to place where the pitcher's circle would be?
I guess we'll have to wait.
#5 May 10, 2013
Actually i'd think a baseball pitcher uses the back leg/foot more so than a softball pitcher. Regardless, someone will lose a tooth or three. Turf plays to fast for certain levels of game. I'm old school. If you have any love for the game, you're there early working on the field, and there late working on the field. The only reason you see artificial surfaces in high school, is simply laziness on people's part. There isn't much maintenance on them, maybe a vacuum. And i hope you not serious about the portable mound being used in a baseball game. Gonna predict several injured knees of pitchers, and injured players in general. Ohh the times are changing.
#6 May 10, 2013
The turf actually plays slower than a traditional dirt infield, and about the same as a grass infield. I know that there are several coaching staffs throughout the Suburban West that would love to have our field.
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