Like mounds, there are a few layout options for batter’s and
catcher’s boxes. Each governing body establishes the protocol for
layout of the home plate area. Check the list of governing bodies with
each batter’s box diagram to find your league.
The depth of clay needed for fortification is dependent on the type
of cleats that will be used on that field. Rubber or plastic cleats can
use a shallow depth of clay or brick, while metal cleats need the
Keys for clay fortification.
There are three keys to successfully using clay as fortification in your
batter's and catcher's boxes. These will drastically reduce wear.
- Repair worn areas in the clay regularly (preferably with new clay).
- Add water to the clay areas as needed. Anytime these areas are
exposed to the open air, evaporation is occurring. Whatever moisture
Mother Nature has taken away, put that back into the clay.
- During practices, use artificial turf mats over the clay areas to
hold moisture in and keep wear to a minimum. Whenever the home
plate area is not in use, keep it covered with a tarp. This will manage
the moisture and minimize evaporation, and limit potential overwetting
from rain or irrigation.
(each batter’s box 6' x 4', catcher’s box 5' x 6')