Novel Lab Tests for Baseball & Softball Infield Mixes
SFMA will be rebroadcasting select presentations from the 2022 Conference. March will feature “Novel Lab Tests for Baseball & Softball Infield Mixes” with Evan Mascitti, Ph.D. Candidate at Penn State University.
Engineered soils have greatly improved the quality of infields. Current specifications revolve around particle-size analysis (PSA). PSA is useful, but it does not directly consider the soil’s behavior. New laboratory tests provide more information by directly measuring a soil’s response to applied loads and to changes in water content. Attendees will learn:
The best infield soils are those that remain playable over a wide range of water content.
Mechanical behavior and water content should be directly measured when assessing an infield soil.
Various clays and infield mixes can behave differently, even when their particle-size distributions are similar.
This content will be available March 15-22 for one week only. Be sure to check SFMA’s website and social media for instructions on how to access.