Tarps Information Guide

Full Tarp

About

Designed to keep the infield area dry from inclement weather. They assure good footing over the entire infield – both skinned and grass areas. This type of tarp is meant solely for short-term, periodic usage due to the potential for damaging heat build-up under the tarp in sunny conditions.

Sizing

A full infield tarp should extend just beyond the infield skin, from the 3rd base coach’s box to shallow right field and from the 1st base coach’s box to shallow left field. It should cover the home plate circle, each coach’s box, and 3-5 feet into the outfield grass. This will help prevent water from running under your tarp and onto your infield skin. When you remove the tarp, water on the tarp itself will end up further onto your outfield grass. Remember, puddles left too close to the edge of the infield skin can easily migrate back onto the skin. This coverage will ensure a safe, consistent playing surface – especially for runners making a big turn into the grass at 3rd heading for home. We recommended these full infield tarp sizes:

Little League (60’ bases, 50’ radius arc) 100’ x 100’ tarp
Adult Baseball (90’ bases, 95’ radius arc) 170’ x 170’ tarp
Softball (60’ bases, 60’ radius arc) 110’ x 110’ tarp

A one-piece full infield tarp will be the most efficient and effective tarp to use – especially in a gusty thunderstorm. Two-piece tarps will require aligning and either overlapping or affixing the two pieces. Also, see Full Field Tarp Positioning PDF

Materials

Full infield tarps are going to be heavy, anyway you look at it, especially when wet. Even the smallest tarps with lightweight materials (4-6oz) can weigh nearly 500 lbs. And the largest tarp with premium heavyweight vinyl (10 oz) can weigh more than a ton. The amount of wear and use your tarp will get will determine whether you need a heavyweight material or if lighter weight materials will work for you.

Options & Accessories

Tarp Tubes and Tarp Covers

Working with most large or heavy tarps requires a tarp tube to safely manage movement and storage. Most commercially available tubes have a diameter of 28 inches and are available in various lengths. Tubes in excess of 20 feet often come in two sections for easier shipping. Tarp tubes are particularly useful with full infield tarps and weighted hem area tarps. Covers for your tarp and tarp tube are available and will extend the life of your tarp and retain it's appearance by limiting exposure to UV light.

Custom Logos and Lettering / Logos

Adding your team name or logo to a tarp or tarp tube cover is a great way to dress up your facility and enhance team or civic pride.

Baseline Covers

Baseline covers (custom only) are also available.