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Sports Field Safety Inspection Checklist

Use this safety inspection checklist for your sports field to avoid accidents from occurring putting the facility and/or individuals at risk of fault. This checklist will help you ensure the safety of your athletes and those who use the field as routine inspection will decrease the likelihood of injury or accidents.
MaintainX
07/22/2022

Sports Field Safety Inspection Checklist

Use this safety inspection checklist for your sports field to avoid accidents from occurring putting the facility and/or individuals at risk of fault. This checklist will help you ensure the safety of your athletes and those who use the field as routine inspection will decrease the likelihood of injury or accidents.

    Playing Surface – All types

  • Maintenance equipment, such as rakes, hoes, etc. have been removed from the sports field.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Litter and unsafe debris have been removed from the football field and player/spectator areas

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • If there is an irrigation system, is timed correctly to irrigate an appropriate amount of time prior to play?

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Irrigation heads, drainage grates, valve boxes, etc. are below grade with no protrusions on the playing surface.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The field was constructed according to recommended industry specifications.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Playing Surface – Natural grass

  • There is at least 75 percent coverage of turfgrass on the field.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no bare spots with a hard soil surface exposed.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Soil is well drained with no standing water.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Turfgrass is uniform in color, height and density.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Turfgrass has strong root system, limiting “blow‐outs.”

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no weeds with thorns, bristles or burrs.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no holes or mounds made by moles, gophers, or other animals.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no ruts or trenches caused by equipment use or field wear

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There has been communication between the maintenance staff and coach/facility user

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Playing Surface – Synthetic turf

  • There are no worn areas on the synthetic material

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no rips or tears on the synthetic material

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Seams are secure

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The synthetic material is not buckling or bulging

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Synthetic fibers are standing upright

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There is adequate infill material that is evenly spread

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Water is readily available for washing away undesirable fluids

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The footwear that is being worn by players is acceptable

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Playing Surface ‐ Baseball/Softball Field

  • Infield lip, area between skinned area and grass, not too high or too low

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Home plate set to proper depth, and area around plate is level

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Batter’s box area is level, no holes

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Pitching mound/area, pitching rubber set to proper depth

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Area around mound is level, no holes

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Bases are set properly, will not come loose during game play

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Infield area (skinned area) is smooth and level

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Field Markings

  • Lines are bright.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • If multi‐use field (example, football Lines are distinguishable from soccer lines)

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Lines are correctly marked per the appropriate sport’s governing body

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Goal area and/or Goal Posts

  • Posts are straight and securely anchored

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Posts are adequately padded

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Concrete is below the surface

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Out‐of‐Bounds/Transition Areas

  • There is a minimum of 25 ft. around the field for players to run safely out‐of‐bounds

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There is a minimum of 50 ft. between fields (if multi‐field complex)

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • All catch basins are adequately covered

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The transition area to the track is easily identifiable and level.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Fencing (If your field does not have fencing, skip this section)

  • Fences are securely set in the ground

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fence posts are outside of the playing area

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no concrete footings exposed above ground

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fencing is securely attached to its posts

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no large gaps in the fencing or between the ground and the fence

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Top and bottom tension wires are in place to secure the fence

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The wire ends of the fence are not exposed at the top or corners

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no damaged areas that protrude, are sharp or loose

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Lighting (If your field does not have lighting, skip this section)

  • Lighting has been installed and inspected by a trained engineer or technician.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • All lights are working

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The light’s beam adequately and uniformly covers the field

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The lighting foot candles meet industry recommended specifications

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • Bleachers/Facility (If your field does not have bleachers/facility, skip this section)

  • Nuts and bolts are tight and in sufficient number

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Guard rails are securely in place

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The plank or railing end caps are securely in place

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no splinters or worn areas (wooden bleachers)

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are no hazardous protrusions or sharp edges

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • The supply and location of waste cans is adequate

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There is appropriate signage notifying players and spectators of rules, appropriate behavior and deficient conditions

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • There are public telephones or staffed office for emergency situations. Areas under repair are identified and posted appropriately

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Comments:

  • General

  • There is a flag or other signaling system to alert players to leave the field if inclement weather or other danger is imminent

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
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