The following field preparation and maintenance instructions will be followed before and after every game. They apply for both sets of coaches (Home and Visitor) and for all games and practices. All teams are responsible for removing all garbage, water bottles and miscellaneous items from the dugouts, surrounding areas and field after each game or practice. Please make sure the ballfield is cleaned up before you leave.
Batting of any kind is prohibited against any backstop or fence. No pepper games are allowed.
Please be aware that DOGS ARE PROHIBITED
at ALL Loudoun County Schools and Town of Leesburg fields.
Please use this information to educate yourself AND your parents who help out before and after games and practices. Make sure everyone understands the proper steps toward good field maintenance. Ultimately, our number one goal is to provide the safest playing surface possible to ensure maximum injury reduction, along with having great eye-appeal.
Pre- and Post-Game Field Preparation is hard work, but the benefit is better and longer lasting fields for our girls to play on.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! Always leave the field in better shape than how you found it!
How to mark the Field
Step 1 - Arrive at your field early!!! Rake the heavy traffic spots around all the bases to prevent puddles, especially at the pitcher's plate and batter's box. If the areas are not drying out, then it may not be safe to play and the game should be called off. Please work with the opposing coach and umpires to determine the best course of action.
Step 2 - Create markings in the dirt for the batter's box at home plate. For T-ball through Juniors, the batter's box is 3'x7'.
Step 3 - Create a marking in the dirt for the pitcher's circle. This is to be an 8' radius measured from the center of the front side of the pitcher's plate. AA and AAA pitching distance is 35'. Majors pitching distance is 40'.
Step 4 - On the lines left by the markings, using the 2" setting, chalk in the batter's box and pitcher's circle.
Step 5 - With the nail at the back corner of home plate and someone holding the other end of the string, chalk the 1st base line to the outfield using the 2" setting. The string should be positioned about 1" in from the impression of the base, so that the outer edge of the line aligns with the base.
Step 6 - Using the 2" setting, chalk the 3rd base line, extend to outfield grass.
Step 7 - You're ready to play ball!
Here is a printable form
of these directions.
Don't forget to remove all of the equipment from the field of play and return it to the storage area.
Please be sure that all dugouts and the general area are free of debris when you leave.
If you notice that a supply is running low, please contact the Coaching Coordinator so we can re-stock.