baseball park preseason audit checklist

Baseball Field Maintenance
Preseason Ball Park Audit Checklist

adapted from Pre-Season Ground Audit July 2005


Playing Surface – Infield Dirt Area

• too loose to provide good running traction or balls die instead of bouncing.
• surface is not loose enough around sliding zones for safe sliding or balls bounce too high.
• too abrasive (rocks, etc) for safe sliding.
• too compacted to provide good drainage.

Running paths / Sliding zones – have become worn and dip down near bases and need to be leveled off.

Batter’s box / Home plate / Pitcher’s mound – have become worn and uneven.

Pitching mound – does not include the proper ‘table’ area at the top of mound behind and to the sides of the rubber.

Infield area – has low spots, holes or is not level and should be dragged / re-graded.

Soil build-up – there is a hazardous lip or rolling hump between the skinned area and the turf.

Skinned areas – have unsafe wet spots and / or puddles.

Warning track – there is no track or it is less than 10 feet wide.

Warning track – is overgrown with vegetation and / or uneven in grade. Watch out for unmarked sprinkler boxes in this area.

Foul areas – are uneven in grade, need reconditioning, or are overgrown with vegetation.


Playing Surface – Grass Checklist

Bare spots – hard soil surface exposed.

Soil sub-surface – is roughly graded making an unsafe running surface.

Grass edges – grass to dirt area is not a straight line, is not level, or turf is worn too back from proper line.

Soil sub-surface – is too wet or drains poorly making an unsafe running surface.

Sprinklers – stick up above the dirt level and could cause a player to trip.

Texture, density or height – turf is not uniform making an unsafe running surface.

Irrigation – irrigation system does not adequately cover turf areas or comes on during practices or games.

Thatch – excessive thatch is causing turf to be lumpy and unsafe to run on.

Vegetation – there are weeds with thorns, bristles, or burrs in turf.

Uneven surfaces – there are animal mounds and holes in the turf area.

Tire ruts – there are hazardous tire ruts in turf.


Playing Surface – General Checklist

Maintenance equipment – such as rakes, hoses, etc, have been left on the field.

Litter and unsafe debris – is scattered around the field and player / spectator areas.

Sprinkler heads, drainage grates, valve boxes, etc, - in the field are above grade or have sharp edges or unsafe protrusions or boxes have no covers.

Accidents – there have been reports from / about players running into surrounding objects such as fencing, light posts, bleachers, etc.

Field design – our facility does not comply with recommended field design specifications. May vary from specs provided that the safety of players and spectators is not compromised.

Home plate / Field layout – has been unsafely altered. Home plate has been moved back toward the backstop.


Bases & Anchoring Checklist

Base coverings – have unsafe rips or gouges.

Base framework or hardware – is loose or damaged.

Base ground stake – is unsafely protruding above the surface grade.

Base ground stake – is out of alignment or not level with the surface.

Base ground stake – is not firmly secured in its concrete footing.

Base ground stake – and its footing are not installed according to the manufacturer’s requirements.

Bases – do not seat properly with the ground elevation or they are seated loosely.

Bases – are not entirely within fair territory when foul line is drawn from home plate to foul pole.

Concrete footings – have rounded edges and may twist out of place in the ground.

Home plate – surface is not level with the surrounding surface. Corners of plate are turned

Home plate – surface is worn or irregular.

Pitcher’s rubber – is not level with the surrounding surface or is not secured safely into the ground.

Pitcher’s rubber – is showing unsafe wear or gouges.

Pitcher rubber and home plate – are not aligned with each other and angle off.


Fencing Checklist

Fence posts
• are loose or improperly set in the ground.
• are on the inside of the playing area.

Dome caps – all dome caps are not in place.

Concrete footings – are exposed above ground.

Fencing – is not securely attached to the fence posts with loose or broken ties; boards not securely attached to anchor frame.

Gaps – there are unsafe gaps under fencing.

Bottom of fence – there is no bottom tension wire or railing to secure the bottom of fence; there are gaps between the bottom of the fence and the dirt.

Top rail – there is no top railing to secure fence.

Chain link – wire ends are exposed along the top.

Protrusions – there are damaged portions of fencing that are loose, sharp, or unsafe.

Gates - are hard to open / close. Hinge or latch problems.

Backstop – there are unsafe gaps or netting with worn out boards or fencing.

Outfield fence – temporary fence is sturdy and not collapsible.


Spectator Area Checklist

Nuts and bolts – on the seating area are loose or missing or protruding.

Guard railing – side and back protective railing is not in place and solid.

End caps – plank or railing end caps are loose or missing.

Walking surfaces – are uneven and inaccessible.

Steps – are even and accessible.

Wooden planks – are worn out or splintered.

Grandstand – there are gaps between adjacent units.

Grandstand – adjacent units do not match in size.

Other – there are hazardous protrusions, edges, drop offs, gaps, or pinch points.


General Safety Checklist

Foul lines – skinned foul lines have become rutted.

Chalking material – use is irritating to the eyes. Lime or similar base should not be used.

Signage – there are no warning signs posted informing players or spectators of rules or hazardous conditions.

Comforts – there are no clean restrooms for convenience.

Concessions – facility is not checked for safety and compliance with local health regulations.

Construction areas – areas that are hazardous or under repair have not been blocked off or identified.

Communications – is not happening between the maintenance staff and the facility users.

Personal protective equipment – was not distributed to all employees / volunteers based on the tasks at hand.

Car Parking – general lighting problems, potholes, or not accessible from ball park.

Orientation – employees /volunteers did not received safety orientation for job tasks and the operation of power equipment.


Dugout Checklist

Fencing – does not extend to the end of the dugout area.

Benches – are worn and in disrepair.

Equipment – storage system is sharp, worn and unsafe.

Waste containers – supply and location is

Player area – is not large enough to house all players or their equipment.


Lighting Checklist

Lighting system – Mandatory that an audit/check to be completed by qualified personnel in accordance with AS 2650 before season commences.

Light bulbs – there are burned out light bulbs.

Utility poles – there is no padding for the light poles, concrete bases or base bolts.



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