The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) – with the support from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – releases its newest instructional video, providing the basics to creating safe and playable baseball and softball fields.

The video, titled Baseball and Softball Field Inspection, highlights recommendations for sports turf managers when maintaining natural grass, artificial turf and constructed soil surfaces.

SAFE is the charitable arm of STMA, the professional association for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Its instructional series, titled “Sports and Recreation Fields, Safety First,” released its first three videos in April: Natural Grass Field Safety, Synthetic Turf Field Safety and Sports Facility and Equipment Safety.

The video outreach program aims to increase awareness and educate parents, players, coaches and volunteers about athletic field management. The latest installment examines how to identify unsafe surfaces – including skinned areas – and offers best practices specific to baseball and softball fields.

Helpful tips include how to inspect packed dirt areas for ideal moisture conditions, managing wear-and-tear near the bases and conducting proper care for warning track areas.