Pitching Mound & Batters Box Repairs
Each team is responsible to repair the pitching mounds and batters boxes following each practice and game. These areas take the most abuse on a ball diamond and must be repaired on a daily basis.
At each diamond, a storage box is provided and will contain the material needed to complete the repairs. In each storage box is bagged clay, steel rake, broom, water can, tamper, plastic bags and a blue barrel with water.
The following step by step information and video link is provided to ensure each team understands how to repair the areas correctly.
- Remove the loose shale or crusher dust from the areas to be repaired
- Sweep the holes out so that you hit the firm existing clay
- Add a small amount of water to the hole; ( do not pool water in these holes, or else you will need to wait)
- Add bagged clay to the hole(s) to be repaired
- Tamp the clay in to the hole, and compact using the handle end of the shovel; add more bagged clay as required
- Place a plastic bag over the clay, and tamp the area with the tamper. The plastic bag will prevent the clay from sticking to the tamper.
- Place loose shale or crusher dust over top of the repaired area that was removed in step 1
- Cover the mound with the tarp and place tires on the mound to prevent tarp from blowing away.
It is worthwhile watching the video link to gain a further understanding of the process: https://youtu.be/vfJxFwtsk6s