Baseball is a team sport that is considered to be a national sport in the United States, but is popular in other countries as well. It is played between two teams of nine players each, on a diamond shaped field. The main characteristic of baseball is the fact that it’s played using a bat and a ball. A dugout is actually the bench area of a team, located between the first or third base and the home plate. It is used by coaches, personnel and players who are currently not playing and also, for storing equipment.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Wood posts and beams
- Metal poles
- Power saw
- Screws and nails
- Power drill
- Plexiglas panels
- Wooden bench, box and rack
- First aid kit
- Nail gun
- Metal net or fencing
- Water cooler
Mark the final size and the shape of the dugout on the ground. A baseball dugout is usually 30 feet long by 6 to 10 feet wide and 8 feet high. There should be enough room for all the members of the baseball team and space for extra storage.
Make a basic frame for the dugout construction. Use wood posts to construct the frame. A baseball dugout frame consists of only four posts and a simple roof. Use a power saw to cut the wood posts to size. Since the height of the dugout is eight feet, cut the posts to 10 feet lengths. This will give you an extra two feet to bury the posts into the ground.
Dig four holes on each corner of the dugout outline that you marked. The holes should be at least two feet deep.
Make a cement mixture, by mixing cement and water according to the manufacturer's directions.
Place one wood post in one of the holes that you dug. Ask a friend to hold the post in place while you pour the cement mixture into the hole. Do this for the rest of the posts and make sure that the posts are level with each other. Leave the cement to dry overnight.
Connect the wooden posts with beams at the top. Position the beams on top of the posts and secure them in place with screws. Use a power drill to make the holes and a screwdriver to tighten the screws into the wood.
Install the roof of the dugout. Cover the wooden frame with plexiglas panels. Attach them to the frame using roof nails. Hammer in the roof nails along the edges of the plexiglass going through the wood beams.
Install a metal net between the posts so all three sides are closed, leaving the front of the dugout open. Use a nail gun and finishing nails to attach the fencing to the dugout frame.
Add a wooden bench to the dugout. The bench needs to be a simple wooden structure, long enough to seat all the players and staff.
Tips & Warnings
- Consider digging your dugout slightly into the ground. Traditionally, dugouts are dug into the field, but this creates added expense due to drainage issues.
- When using carpentry tools, whether power tools or sharp saws, make sure to follow all safety precautions.
- Photo Credit baseball dugout image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com
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