It was a hot day on the beautiful patriot bermuda turf field this past friday during MILB’s Field clinic. Every one of our 50+ group attending was pretty excited about the series of clinics planned at the DAP over the next 3 months. We focused on baseball field maintenance tasks during this past week’s event and the next clinic at the park on Oct 22nd will focus on turf management and cultural practices. Chad Olsen Brickman Sportsturf, Scott Strickland from the Durham Bulls ballclub gave hands on advise to building and maintaining the mound and homeplate. Turface’s John Southerland provided an in depth review of infield maintenance and Chad Price, with Carolina Green gave a demonstration of how to laser grade infields and why. Good stuff all the way around. Go to www.Durhamathleticpark@milb.com for more info.
MLB , in conjunction with all the European Baseball Federations is hosting a Baseball Field and Stadium Maintenance Clinic to be held in Tirrinia, Italy and Rotterdam, Holland. The first clinic will be at the MLB Baseball Academy Training center in Tirrenia which is just outside of Pisa on Oct 9-10. This site is also the Central Training center for many of Italy’s Olympic teams. The second in Rotterdam at the Neptunus Family Stadium. We have played many great tournaments in this ballpark over the years. The clinics will cover field maintenance operations in a “hands on” format that will include areas of the field such as mounds, homeplates, infield clay, grass, etc…. and will also cover ballpark safety standards and operational areas related to field lighting, padding, field equipment etc..
Heading along with me to help present the topics will be Tom Burns with Diamond Pro TXI. Tom is the former head groundskeeper for the Texas Rangers. Tom and I go way back to the 80’s when we worked in Florida at Spring training sites. Also Bob Curry from Covermaster will be joining us to talk about field protection systems, field covers and wallpadding. Rick Sneed from Musco will discuss field lighting systems and general standards for lighting fields related to baseball.
Prior to the 2009 Baseball World Cup many european countries invested millions into their facilities. These clinics are designed to provide resources and education in an effort to preserve their investment and to help many club teams improve their playing surface. This clinic is open to anyone and everyone that has a baseball or softball field. It will be great time to meet your peers throughout europe.
Hope to see you there! Contact Megan.mcnamara@MLBI.co.uk for further information!