Kids and adults everywhere love sports, and baseball is one of the most loved and played by everyone. Playing on a makeshift field with the kids in the backyard is always a fun idea, but when enough people become interested, a real field is the only way to go. Luckily, creating a field is not difficult, and can make for years of fun.
The magnitude of the field should be the first thing decided on. A lot of people do not need a full sized field, and because of the rarity of finding an area that big, it is better to keep the field a bit smaller. Usually a 200 foot length from the home plate to the back fence is much more than adequate, but can be expanded if required. The length from the home plate to the backside fence is 200 feet all across the 90 degree angle of the field. Bases should have about sixty feet at least between them, and everything else can be placed where wanted. A chain link fence or otherwise safe gate should surround the field and set the constraints for the game.
Placing dugouts is fairly basic. As a way to leave room for the seats, they generally sit around third and first base. Setting some boundaries for team solitude is the main purpose of a dugout, and should be considered when deciding on how to create the walls and roof. There should invariably be extra seating area included, since teams can differ in size and guests can be in there too.
Every baseball game should have dedicated seating for fans. Without dedicated seats, people will be very disorganized and most will not feel at ease watching. Placing a group of southern bleachers on each side along the running area between third and home and home and first is important. Permanent Grandstands hold many more people than other seating types, but normally are too big for most fields. Even little league games can have some excited fans on either side, so keeping them divided prevents problems from arising. It is far better to start out preventing contact between the sides, and the parents of the players are usually the ones passionate enough to cause trouble.
There is not much else that is required to play some great baseball games, but there are other options that can be thought of as well. Now all that has to be done is a little work, and finding some people to play!
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