If you are constructing a new baseball or softball field or planning a renovation project, one major component in the process will be laser grading. It also plays a role in annual field maintenance. Taking advantage of this technology will provide numerous benefits to your infields.

What is laser grading?

Laser grading is the use of laser technology to grade an infield to the desired slope. The laser is set up on a fixed point, depending on which type of laser is used, and sends a laser beam to a receiver mounted to a pole on the box blade. As the blade is pulled or pushed across the infield, the receiver will direct the hydraulics to automatically move the blade up or down to provide an accurate and consistent grade.

What are the benefits of laser grading?

Laser grading a field is essential to create an even grade for a smooth playing surface and to prevent low areas that will retain water. More specifically laser grading increases playability by:

  • Creating positive surface drainage, minimizing standing water and cutting down on rain delays.
  • Creating a smooth and uniform playing surface, reducing injuries from bad hops and holes in the field or heavy play areas.
  • Maintaining baseball and softball skins, as it checks infield slope and corrects any inconsistency.

How often should I get my field laser graded?

Depending on budget, it’s beneficial to get the field laser graded annually to ensure proper slope, especially if amendment materials have been added or to repair incorrect dragging practices. Laser grading should also be included in any construction or renovation project to prevent any irregularities in the grade.

Ask your ATS sports turf specialist for other Smart Turf tips to make sure your infields stay in peak condition for play.