The Importance of a Well-Maintained Properly Drained Field

Excessive water has always been a concern for athletic fields. When a field becomes oversaturated, it not only becomes less safe for the athletes, it also causes irreparable damage to the field. Unfortunately, most fields are not designed with a drainage system capable of handling an overabundance of water. Once an athletic field has suffered extensive water damage, it is usually too late and often becomes unplayable. Oversaturation negatively affects the traction and stability of the turf.  At this point, time and money become a concern because now there is nowhere for your school or community to play and watch sports. It may take years to rebuild the field.

Some of the most common problems that occur when a field is overly sodden include:

Uneven surfaceswater puddling on grass

Unstable turf surfaces can cause unfavorable turf tear up and unsafe traction for athletes and players.

Standing water

Grass will not grow properly in standing water. Standing water also becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. If proper drainage is not attained, eventually the grass will die.

Low Stability 

An unstable surface will cause it to tear up and create unsafe traction for the athletes and players.


The Importance of a Well-Maintained, Properly Drained Field

It’s important to recognize when one of the problems above has occurred and always strive toward a safer sports environment. While injuries in sports will always be an issue, an overly saturated field is an open invitation to the ER. A wet field can cause athletes to slip, fall, or trip injuring themselves and creating further damage for the field.

The three most common sports injuries that occur due to wet playing fields include:

Impact Injuriessprained ankle

The most common type of injury caused by a wet playing field is impact injuries. Damp and muddy fields create the perfect environment for athletes to collide with one another, the opposing team, or any items on or near the field. Impact injuries include concussions, bruises, and injuries done to the head and body.

Sprained Ankles

The second most common injury that occurs on wet playing fields is sprained ankles. Slippery fields put undue stress on the muscles and tendons in the foot. Changing speed and direction becomes a lot harder on a wet surface. 


Running and changing directions on a wet field takes more energy because the saturated surface gives a little. On hockey, football and soccer fields, athletes will have to exert more energy and will become tired easily. This can lead to the use of more substitutions or time outs. 


Make Overly Saturated Athletic Fields a Thing of the Past

RZ Sports Turf installs the Built-Up Sand-Capped Athletic Field Drainage System. It speeds up the infiltration rate, creating better and faster drainage. It also helps your field turf maintain its endurance, strength, and structure and is highly economical. It is a natural, cost-effective solution that causes minimum disturbance to the field and is also environmentally friendly. It is the ultimate solution and prevention for problems and injuries caused by a saturated field because when using it, your field won’t have drainage problems. 

If you are an athletic director, coach, teacher, school administrator or looking for an alternative for your community’s playing fields, learn more about the Built-Up Sand-Capped Athletic Field Drainage System today. Call us at 574-404-8873 to schedule an appointment, or contact us online and fill out our contact form

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