Saturday, February 17, 2018

High School and Park and Recreation Dugout Design and Layout

Dugout designs and layouts come in all different shapes and sizes across the country.  With different designs and layouts, costs can vary greatly.  In this 1st of 3 posts on this subject, the focus in on high school and park and recreational settings.

Brown County High School, Indiana - facade the matches the area 

Dublin, OH - open concept with roof at a miracle league field 


Noblesville High School, Indiana - covered and non covered areas

As you can see, dugout design and materials can vary greatly.  If you have questions in regards to dugout design and construction, please let me know.  Look for travel teams, colleges, and professional dugout designs in the next blog posts

Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.

Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Great Winter Project/Tricks of the Trade - Sharpening a Rake for Clay Maintenance

A great quick winter project ahead of spring maintenance.  A quick tip to turn a standard steel garden rake into a clay shaving tool.

Take a standard tine rake to a bench grinder and sharpen the teeth.  Now, the rake is a clay shaving tool:



Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf

Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Great Winter Project - Grounds Crew Shoe Rack

Many times grounds areas are are full of different types of shoes.  Rain shoes, tarp shoes, running shoes, game shoes etc.  How do you keep them neat, clean and orderly?  Consider building a shoe rack.  Here is a photo of the grounds crew shoe rack at Victory Field.  Simply using 3/4 inch plywood and sealing it with black paint did the trick for this application.  Then, each area is labeled for each grounds crew member.


Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.

Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Quick Winter Project - Tricks of the Trade - Wrapping a Tamp

Do you have issues with mound clay and infield mix sticking to the bottom of your tamp?  If so, considering taping a plastic bag to the bottom of the tamp.  The following photos were taken while two separate tamps were wrapped at Indiana Tech University. 

Tamp #1




Tamp #2








Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.  

Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Monday, January 22, 2018

Tricks of the Trade - Using On-Deck Circles for Moisture Management

Moisture management is a key aspect for optimum mound and plate clay performance.  One way to maintain proper moisture is to keep the clay fully hydrated when not in use.  One trick to maintain moisture?  Use the on deck circles to cover the batters boxes when the field is not is use.  Below are photos of this method.




It is best to use a tarp along with the circles, but this is a great "budget" approach.


Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.

Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer




Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tricks of the Trade - Building a Base Rack - A Great Winter Project

How many of you are dealing with bases lining the floor of dugout storage rooms?


Is building a base rack a complicated design?  Expensive?  No, just a few 2x4's.  Let's look into the process.

First a 2x4 was cut and installed on the cement block wall using Tapcon Anchors.  Next, shorter 2x4's were screwed into the wall installed next to the concrete block.  Note the 2x4's are spaced at the width of the anchor.  Finally, a final 2x4 was installed across the smaller 2x4 running parallel to the 2x4's installed into the cement block.  Here is the process in photos:





As you can see, this was a quick and simple project.  Material costs were less than $50

Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.

Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#LifeOnTheRoad - Infield Mix Drainage

This is another post in a periodic series entitled #LifeOnTheRoad.  The background is simple. During my travels I encounter many grounds managers/coaches doing great things.  Because of this, I have started this series.  The goal - expose more grounds managers, coaches, architects, etc to areas of facility and sports turf maintenance that may be implemented to their facility/design.

I visited a new construction recently and the owner was extremely proud that they were able to “push the infield drainage through the budget.”  What is the problem with this?




An engineered soil (in this case DuraEdge Classic) will not move water vertically to the drains.  These drains will not move any water.  What is the answer?  Install drainage off the back arc. 

Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.

Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer