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.
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
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.
A relatively new style of infield tarp designed to protect only the infield skin for extended periods of time. They help manage moisture levels on your infield skin (preventing evaporation). This tarp covers just the skin (no grass) so it can be left on an infield skin for days, weeks or months without risk of burning any grass during in the daytime sun. You may consider using a skin tarp all winter to prevent topdressing materials from blowing onto the turf edges during strong winter winds, which can result in excessive infield lips.
There are two standard sizes for skin tarps — regulation baseball and Little League. Many ballfield professionals save money on their Skin Tarp by matching their infield cut-outs to the standard dimensions of our tarps. Ensure top performance when there is no overlap onto your infield or outfield turf grasses.
Skin tarps are much lighter when compared to a full infield tarp. Materials used can be lighter weight. They are typically made with two pieces, making them easier to handle and align. For average usage, choose lightweight material to help keep costs down. For heavy usage (daily deployment), choose a heavyweight material that helps stand up to wear and tear.
Used to cover specific areas such as home plate areas, mounds, bullpens, etc. They are used for rain protection and/or moisture control (preventing evaporation). There are many variations of shape, size, weight, and material. They have either a standard hem with grommet edge for anchoring or a weighted hem, if you prefer to not work with tarp pins. With metal chain or ball bearings in the tarp edge, weighted hem area tarps are noticeably heavier and a tarp roller tube is recommended to move and store your weighted hem tarps.
Determining the size of an area tarp depends on the intended use. Take a standard baseball mound with a diameter of 18 feet. If the primary use of the tarp is to maintain the moisture in the clay portion of the mound, an 18-foot diameter area tarp is the proper choice. But, if the goal is to cover the mound during rain storms with the convenience of quick removal immediately after rain, you may want to consider buying a 20-foot diameter tarp to insure the water is pushed back, away from the skinned mound area. Area tarps come in standard sizes that will accommodate most applications, or can be custom ordered.
Standard Area Tarps are available in woven polyethylene or solid vinyl fabrics and range from 4 oz./sq. yd. to 18 oz./sq. yd. How often you'll use the tarp and how well you can take care of it should dictate the weight you purchase. Heavy use + high level of care = heavy weight.
Weighted Hem Area Tarps do not require stakes or sandbags. Due to the additional weight in the hem, a heavyweight material is recommended. For that reason, our weighted hem area tarps are made with an 18 oz vinyl - the heaviest in the industry - extending the life of your area tarp and preventing the hems from ripping out prematurely.
Designed to cover the high-wear areas of football or soccer field sidelines and baseball infields. They are a barrier between players cleats and growing turf plants. Beacon sideline tarps also include a yellow “safety hem” to avoid the tripping hazard.
These tarps come in standard widths of 12, 14, or 15 feet. Lengths are available from 50 to 150 feet, in 25-foot increments. Choose the size that is most appropriate for the sport it is being used for (i.e., football sideline or baseball infield). It is a good idea to extended the tarp beyond grass edges to maintain a healthy edge. Custom sizes and custom printing are also available.
Since these tarps protect the sideline turf, the materials used are permeable to light and air -- either a mesh or woven blanket, to help prevent heat buildup during daytime use. Depending upon how often they are used and what kind of wear they will endure will determine if you should select a heavy-duty or standard material weight. Vinyl-coated mesh allow for more color options and does not absorb water, making it easier to handle in the rain. Non-woven fabrics are limited in color choices but tend to hold up better over time.
Protection for high-traffic areas over synthetic track surfaces. They are used to prevent excess and uneven wear on running tracks as athletes cross over them to reach or leave the field. They feature weighted hems since staking a tarp of this type is not a feasible option.
Available in standard widths of 7 or 14 feet with lengths of 30, 40, or 50 feet. Larger sizes are made in two pieces and joined by Velcro at the center. Custom sizes are also available.
Durability is very important, so we only suggest a 16 oz non-woven poly fabric with a weighted 18 oz vinyl hem to eliminate tripping.
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.
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 (custom only) are also available.
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