Walk-ups are common on both baseball and softball playing surfaces. If the decision is made to install walk-ups, ensure the design will be tailored to the desired solution. IE - Reduce/eliminate traffic stress in this high traffic area. How is this accomplished? Simple “flair” the walk-ups as they get further away from home plate. Also ensure the walk-ups are wide enough to accept all traffic - both foot traffic and vehicle traffic. Here are two examples:
#1 - Walk-ups too narrow. Note the narrow width of the walk-up.
#2 - Walk-up in a “flair” design. Note the lack of wear around walk-up.
Proper design will lessen or eliminate traffic stress. Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.
Co-founder and partner of J&D Turf. A sportsturf junkie, I cut my teeth at Victory Field with the Indianapolis Indians maintaining the playing surface at what has been dubbed "The Best Minor League Ballpark in America." From intern, to assistant to head groundskeeper over 10 seasons, I was director of operations for the team before realizing sportsturf was my passion, baseball was merely the game.
My bachelor’s degree in sports management from Marian University and a degree in turfgrass science from Purdue University serve as the initial credibility with clients ranging from university to K-12 administrators, parks and rec officials, and maintenance crews to my friends with their own fields in the Major Leagues.
The "Smart Turf" blog is my way of sharing my experiences as consultant, groundskeeper and business owner with the larger sportsturf community. There was a day early in my career that I'd joke that I live to make tall grass short. Given the expanding horizon of this profession over the last decade, I've come to realize and respect it as much more.