So, here it is, the #1 viewed blog post of 2015! Roll Those Infields was a hot topic as infields begin to escape the winter weather this past spring. Look for additional posts in 2016. Cheers! Happy New Year!
Spring is slowly arriving. Many coaches are pushing to get on their infields as soon as possible.
Regardless of the infield mix, the material will frost heave over the winter. So, you must roll your infield in the spring, ideally before you have any traffic on your infield. Now, the questions are When, Why, and How?
1. You will want to roll you infield when there is still moisture in the mix, but the mix is not too wet. When is this? When you can walk across the infield and you settle the frost heave, but there is no material sticking to the bottom of your shoes. Roll the conditioner and mix in multiple passes
1. Rolling accomplishes a couple of goals. First, it settles your infield so your mix will hold its grade and you will not have your conditioner/topdressing migrate into your base material. Also, the infield mix will also be firmer. This will allow for the ball to play down and true from the beginning of the season.
1. It is best to roll with a 3 ton duel drum roller. What is this? Click HERE to find out. If you can't get a 3 ton roller, any roller is better than not rolling at all.
Remember, roll your infield as often as possible with a small pull behind roller as well all spring until the weather moderates.
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