Whether your kids are trying out for the football team or returning to the baseball diamond for the season, there is no better way to stoke their passion for their favorite sport than to convert your backyard into a practice field. If you do any digging when creating your sports field, remember to call Texas811 before you dig.
Make sure that a large portion of your backyard is free from any obstructions such as rocks, shrubs or trees. Next, cut the grass to about one and a half inches high. The grass should be short enough that it won’t slow down the ball, but long enough that it won’t burn under the hot sun. After that, use a can of white spray paint to line the grass with a center line, 18-yard boxes, a six-yard goalie box and a penalty kick spot. You can find a diagram of a soccer field online and scale it to the size of your yard. To finish everything off, purchase goals, some soccer balls and let yours kids run free with their new soccer field in their own backyard.
Just as you would when creating a soccer field, you will need to remove all obstructions—with the exception of trees, which should be fine to stay as long as they’re not too obtrusive for play. Hang up a 10-ft and seven-ft sports netting to catch the baseballs. Measure your backyard and search some plans online to accurately match up the right baseball field plan for your backyard. You can mark off the bases with actual bases or mow the grass completely in those particular sections. Here is one great detailed example of how to convert your yard into a baseball field.
If your kids are football fanatics, you’ll likely be better off putting only a scaled-down half of a football field in your backyard. Mark off where you want your half-field, and then with that in mind, mark your field into six equal increments. These will be your yard lines, including zones. You can use spray paint or something similar to line your field. Purchase goal posts for one end of the half-field, and then get your kids out there practicing.
To keep your kids not only entertained around the home, but also sharp for their school team, converting your yard into any sports field is a must for sports fanatics. And get your kids involved in the construction! Not only will it make for quality family time, but they’ll respect the fields more if they take part in the whole process.