Summer Care of Soccer Fields
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Soccer might officially be a fall sport for lots of kids, but we know that between camps and leagues, soccer fields get used all summer long as well. It’s important to keep them in good condition, particularly because use will only increase come September.
This summer, make sure to:
Rotate or shift your fields whenever possible so that high traffic areas have a chance to regrow. Moving an entire field 10 feet in any direction can greatly influence wear. Moving the field can allow high wear areas to recover and give players a safer and more playable surface.
Reserve a specific area for goalies to warm up so that the keepers can train outside of the box. Practices, drills, and pre-game warm-ups can often be moved throughout the entire field to spread the wear and preserve sensitive areas for actual game play.
Over-seed high traffic areas often which allows these areas to continually re-grow and recover. Grass plants lost to heavy traffic are soon replaced with new plants. Everyone focuses on keeping a nice goal mouth, but the referee runs on the sideline can wear just as fast and make your field look unattractive and be unsafe.
Aerate your field. There are lots of great tools that will assist you in keeping your field aerated during the playing season without disrupting play.
Repair divots on the field as often as possible to ensure the ball contact remains true and consistent. Divot repair will also contribute to a safer playing surface by reducing depressions that players can injure ankles and knees.
Make sure all markings and paint lines are highly visible. Use eco-friendly paint and string to mark the boundaries for straight and visible marks.
At Borgman, we’re happy to help you keep your fields and equipment in top condition. You can always count on our team to help yours with sound advice and top notch service on your equipment. Call us anytime with questions about installation and maintenance.
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