GUIDE TO CHALKING A FIELD
Equipment Needed: • • •
At least 5 metal tent pegs Kite line or other twine on a roll Tape measure
Chalking the batter’s box: The illustration on the right shows standard dimensions for a batter’s box. Please note that in little league, the box dimensions are 6 feet by 3 feet, not 6 feet by 4 feet as shown in the illustration. The easiest way to create a batter’s box is to use a template box that automatically chalks. If one is available, by all means use that. In case one is not available, here is the old school way of chalking a regulation little league box: 1. On the right side of the plate, find the corner before the plate angles to a point. Measure 6 inches to the right and push in a peg at that spot, deep enough so the chalk machine can go over it. This is the center peg. 2. Measure 3 feet from the center peg Dimensions of the batter’s box. Please note that for towards the pitcher’s mound. Mark the little league, the width of the box is 3 feet, not 4 feet as spot with another peg. shown in the illustration. Also note: Don’t worry about 3. Measure 3 feet from the center peg the umpire’s box. Only line the batter’s boxes. away from the pitcher’s mound. Mark the spot with another peg. 4. Measure 3 feet to the right of the bottom peg (peg furthest from the pitcher’s mound). Mark with a peg. 5. Do the same with the top peg (peg closest to the pitcher’s mound). Mark with a peg. 6. Run kite line or twine around the pegs to form the rectangular template.
7. Use the chalk machine to make the lines, one at a time, by riding over the twine. 8. Repeat these steps on the left side of the plate. Chalking the 1st base and 3rd base lines:
1. Put a peg in the ground as close to the point in home plate as you can. Example shown in picture above. 2. Tie twine to the peg and unroll twine down the 1st base side until you reach the foul line on the outfield grass. In the off chance you can’t see the outfield foul line, just run the line to the edge of the outfield grass, making sure the twine runs on the outside of 1st base (see picture above). 3. Use a peg to hold the twine. 4. Now you can just ride over the twine with the chalk machine. Stop when you reach the outfield grass. Two important notes: a. START the chalk line on the outside corner of the batter box. If you take a look at the picture on the right, you can see the 3rd base line starts outside the batter’s box. b. Shut off the chalk when going over 1st base. The chalk can make the base slippery. 5. Do the same thing for the 3rd base foul line. OMG! I messed up!! Don’t worry about it. That’s the reason we use chalk! Just get a rake and erase the line. Start over. Be cool.