Ballfield Design & Dimensions Guide

FOURTH EDITION! All the information you need to design, construct, or renovate your ballfield. This new expanded version is a 56-page absolute must-have for anyone involved in sports field management. It now includes info about multi-field layouts, setting base anchors for new 18″ bases, installing your infield skin, artificial vs. natural mounds, and more. This will become one of the most important tools in your shed.

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Ballfield Design & Dimensions Guide

We take a deep dive into these topics:

  • Ballfield Layout
    • Managing expectations
    • Space needs
    • Laying out your ballfield
    • Multi-field Layouts
  • Ballfield Dimensions
    • Baseball dimensions for 29 fields
    • Softball dimensions for 45 fields
    • Finish & surface grade
  • Field Amenities
    • Spectator safety
    • Dugout design
    • Backstop netting
    • Windscreen
    • Batting cages
  • Infield Soils
    • New vs existing infields
    • Function of soil entities
    • Engineered vs native soil
    • Soil testing and results
    • Determining your infield soil needs
    • About topdressings and amounts
    • Installing infield soils
  • On-Field How-Tos
    • Setting base anchors
    • Setting the pitching rubber
  • Mounds & Batter’s Boxes
    • Softball pitcher’s circle
    • Artificial vs. Natural Mounds
    • Building a pitching mound
    • 10′ Mound
    • 8′ Mound
    • 6″ Mound
    • Batters / Catchers boxes
  • Warning Tracks
    • Building a warning track

Author & Contributors

  • Paul Zwawka, DuraEdge (Author), formerly of Beacon Athletics and former groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, and author of GroundsKeeperU
  • Benji Brye, Beacon Athletics; Product expert and designer in field amenities
  • Luke Yoder, Senior VP of Business Development, DuraEdge; Former heads groundskeeper for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres
  • Ross Clites, President / Senior Design Consultant, 4Most Sport Group;
  • Evan Mascitti, Biocore LLC; Senior Engineer, sports field-related safety

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Beacon Athletics.


These guides are a great reference source. Thanks for the time spent researching all this info, and compiling it into a convenient booklet."  
—Steve, Fairfax County Park Authority

Additional information

Weight1.5 lbs



48 full-color pages