Beacon Athletics Diamond DaVincis

Let's talk ballfields.

This podcast is dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management. Diamond Davincis celebrates the men and women in the sports field industry whose fields are their canvas. This podcast will discuss ballfields and their artists at all levels — from the little leagues to the bigs, and everywhere in between. From time to time we may venture into the world of football and soccer groundskeeping. Golf? Forget about it! They have their own shows. We hope to educate, inform and entertain you with interviews from around the sports field management industry. Give your mind a break while working on your fields and give us a listen. Email questions directly to podcast@beaconathletics.com.

Meet the Hosts

If ol’ Punxsutawney Phil is right this year then Baseball/Softball practice is right around the corner, so let’s talk about how we’re going to get our fields ready. Our first segment discusses the ins and outs of having your infield soil’s physical properties tested. Paul is quite the expert on infield soil physical properties, get ready to receive a ton of great information!! In our Outta the Park we’ll talk to Jim Myrland, Beacon’s in-house engineer, all about MLB’s pro-active changes to their backstops and netting – what can we learn from their new fan-safety considerations. And our final segment covers the best-practices for prepping the infield skin for a new season of play.

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Backstop Nets, Just the Facts, Ma’am (February 10, 2016)

Are you hoping for an early Spring? Even with our mostly mild winter many of us have had more snow than we’d really prefer this year. Thankfully(?) Punxsutawney Phil is predicting we’ll get a reprieve sooner than later. But that also means we need to get a jump on getting our ballfields ready for Spring practices and games. This episode jumps right in to Spring preparations with a “Turf” Maintenance segment that doesn’t really touch on the turf itself. Instead we discus the ins and outs of testing your infield soil’s physical characteristics. Paul has literally spent decades learning everything he can about how a soil’s physical properties affect it’s playability and managing both MLB-level and little league-level needs and expectations for how that infield should play best. He’s got a lot of information banging around in that noggin of his and he’s sharing a lot of it with us today.

For our Outta the Park interview we got Beacon’s in-house engineer, Jim Myrland, to talk to us about netting and backstops. The MLB is enacting new and very pro-active recommendations throughout their parks to ensure fan safety – what can we learn from their decisions and how best can the rest of us begin to think about addressing our own fan safety when we have such a wide array of set-ups and designs to deal with?

Then its time to check in with the Diamond DaVincis’ Maintenance Calendar – what should we be planning to do to revitalize and prep our infields for Spring play and when do we do it??

Segments: Turf Maintenance, Outta the Park, Diamond DaVincis’ Maintenance Calendar

Guests: Jim Myrland (Engineer, Beacon Athletics)

▶ Turf Maintenance:
ASTM D422-63(2007)e2 Standard Test Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils