Get Your Infield Ready for Spring Training and Beyond

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Feb 25, 2020 3:30:00 AM


    With Major League Spring Training already underway, it won’t be long before the boys and girls of summer are back on diamonds across North America. With the anticipation of warmer weather and the impending spring and summer seasons, facility operators, league managers and volunteers are looking forward to the 2020 season.

    As such, depending on your geographical location, field conditions are being assessed and as we approach another season, any needs that weren’t taken care of last year are likely at the top of the list (or will be quite soon!).

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    Topics: Baseball

    Safety Padding Requirements for Baseball Fields

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 3, 2019 5:23:00 AM


    Like any sporting venue, baseball fields hold certain safety standards in order to keep players and spectators safe during games. When it comes to a baseball diamond’s safety standards, certain padding placement is needed to maintain safe gameplay.

    The Outfield

    Probably one of the most key areas for padding to be placed is along outfield fences. Here, padding on the walls and fences is very much a necessity in order to keep players safe as they chase stray balls.

    While the MLB doesn’t yet mandate outfield padding, many agree that they should and most smaller stadiums are already going the extra mile to ensure padding is present. Far too many professionals and amateurs have collided with the outfield fences and been injured as a result of insufficient padding.

    As writer Adam Moss wrote, there has been a “history of painful encounters with a non-padded wall in baseball.” When it comes to your stadium, you should see outfield fence padding as an absolute must-have for the sake of your players.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Baseball

    Outfit Your Baseball Outfield in Safety

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 5, 2018 5:55:44 AM


    America’s game is played on diamonds of all shapes and sizes across North America. As one of the continent’s most popular sports, with an estimated 14 million participants in 2017, the need to ensure these spaces are safe for play by participants of all ages could not be more apparent.

    While for some of us, grounding balls or catching pop-flies on a dusty old diamond in a former hay field was a rite of passage. For others in larger communities, well-groomed infields, pitching mounds and green outfields are more of what some are accustomed to.

    In a game where so much attention is paid to the small round projectile, player safety can become an oversight. As we are in the heat of baseball season, we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase a few products aimed at keeping your diamond and players safe for many seasons to come.

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    Topics: Baseball, Wall Padding

    Tensioned Baseball Backstop Netting for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Stadium

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 23, 2018 8:50:17 AM


    Built in 1993, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Stadium was originally constructed to house the Ottawa Lynx of the International League.  With staggering attendance numbers through the inaugural season, the stadium and team set league attendance records averaging nearly 10,000 fans per game.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers, Baseball

    Choosing a Baseball Batting Cage

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 27, 2018 8:34:03 AM


    When it comes to baseball, anyone who has played the sport will tell you that practice makes perfect. A multi-faceted sport for participants, baseball requires players to maintain cardiovascular health, field ground balls, catch pop flies and swing the bat at 90 MPH fastballs when required.

    Training for such a sport is intensive and when it comes to batting practice, there is no such thing as too many swings. While getting a few friends together to throw the ball around casually is one way to sharpen your skills, those who really want to excel in the batter’s box enlist the help of professional equipment.

    During practice or even at home, the use of batting cages for aspiring or current baseball players is a prerequisite for success. Spending more time in the cage staring down fast balls from an automated pitching machine is a sure-fire way to get better with a bat in your hands.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Baseball, Batting Cages

    Choosing a Baseball Practice Screen

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 12, 2018 4:00:00 AM


    One of America’s favourite and most beloved pastimes is the game of baseball. Invented in historic Cooperstown, New York during the mid-1800s, the game has evolved and is enjoyed by millions who both watch and play the game across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

    In the world of 100 MPH fastballs and the bats to match, player safety is of obvious concern, particularly during recreational play and practice. Once solely reserved for those playing in the “big leagues,” today’s baseball organizations are becoming increasingly aware of player safety and are quickly outfitting ball diamonds with the proper equipment to protect players of all ages.

    While batters are required to wear helmets, those standing on the pitching mound, infield or outfield are often left relatively unprotected. While during game play, the eyes of players are concentrated on the ball, during organized practice, there are often numerous activities taking place.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Baseball

    Baseball Padding for the U-18 Baseball World Cup

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 17, 2017 4:00:00 AM


    Playing host to its second hosting of the U-18 Baseball World Cup, Thunder Bay, Ontario lived up to the hype and so much more in last month’s tournament. Acting as the governing body for the sports of both baseball and softball, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was established in 2013 when the International Softball Federation and the International Baseball Federation merged to form one singular regulatory committee.

    As such, the newly formed confederation organizes a series of World Cup events held in various locations around the world to test the fortitude of baseball players worldwide. The host city selection process can be an arduous one for applicants as the governing body evaluates every aspect of the host city’s application.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Baseball

    Three Reasons To Check Out MiLB

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Apr 10, 2014 6:31:00 AM


    It’s April, and after another exciting Spring Training session, Major League Baseball season is now well underway. Nightly baseball broadcasts of our favorite big league teams are the reason why so many sports fans live for the 10 months from February to October each year. Watching the pros pitch and hit in HD on your big screen TV at home is quite the experience, but what if I told you that you could be missing out on some serious baseball action right in your backyard?

    Here are the top 3 reasons why you should get out to support your local Minor League Affiliate team and soak in that good ol’ ballpark experience:


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    Topics: Baseball

    Stadium Logistics - The NHL Takes Hockey To The Ball Diamond

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Feb 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM


    On two January evenings this year, the New York Rangers took part in the NHL 2014 Stadium Series with their own two-game series of outdoor hockey games held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. At the matchup Sunday January 26th, the Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 7-3. The Rangers were triumphant again in the second of their two stadium games that Wednesday, beating the New York Islanders 2-1.

    These two Rangers games were just two of a total of six outdoor NHL games planned for this year’s Stadium Series, which kicked off with this year’s Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The annual New Year’s Day outdoor matchup took place at Michigan Stadium this year, with Toronto winning 3-2 in a shootout.

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    Topics: Hockey Equipment, Baseball

    Spring Training: Gearing up for 2014 Baseball Season

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Feb 14, 2014 6:35:00 AM


    It’s February, and Major League Baseball fans know what that’s Spring Training time!


    Our favorite MLB players have been working hard all winter long during off-season training.  Though they have been out of the sight of fans since October, our teams were always on our minds.  It is finally almost time again for nightly baseball broadcasts!


    Spring Training is not just a time for Major Leaguers to suit up and take to the field for a new season.  It is also an exciting time for MLB fans to get a first glimpse of their favorite teams’ rosters, uniforms, batting orders, last-minute trades, and all sorts of surprises before opening day this year.


    As we approach the start of the 2014 baseball season, it seems that Toronto Blue Jays fans in particular can hardly contain their excitement for the start of regular season games.  On January 31st, tickets for the Blue Jays home opener went on sale to the public, and on January 31st the tickets completely sold out.  

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Sports Equipment, Baseball

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