SPORTENG are the leaders in the planning, design and construction phase monitoring of Fields of Play across the globe. Our team’s experience is unrivalled and we design high-quality Fields of Play for all levels of use and all surface types.


A baseball field is unlike any other field of play with its combination of different surfaces and a fixed element (Pitches mound) in the middle of the diamond with a significant vertical elevation from the surrounding area. The features of a traditional baseball field include:

  • A diamond, which has granular ‘infield skin’ lines the bases and base paths and is used to accommodate concentrated traffic.
  • An infield and outfield, which are typically natural turf surfaces (can be synthetic grass as well).
  • A warning track around the perimeter of the field that’s constructed from the same granular material used around the bases and base paths.

The combination of the different surfaces and the elevated pitcher’s mound make it difficult to integrate a baseball field of play with other sports. But if your baseball field is for recreational purposes only, you can use a single surface type and a portable pitcher’s mound.

A softball field is similar to a baseball facility however doesn’t have the elevated pitcher’s mound meaning it can be more readily incorporated into a multi-use facility.

Our experienced team have delivered many baseball facilities and are well-versed with the requirements for different surfaces and the backstop fences and players dugouts.

Our technical expertise underpins all our projects, and we are regularly called upon to work on projects of high significance.

No matter if you’re a governing body or a local school, you will benefit from a sports field that puts the athlete first.

We guarantee that SPORTENG’s designs will meet your needs, while complying with WBSC standards. 

SPORTENG projects run on time and on budget due to our team’s comprehensive 3D design work, exceptional engineering expertise, agronomic and irrigation consultation, along with clear on-site direction.

Our Design Approach

SPORTENG lives and breathes fields of play. We take our love of the game from the grandstand right into our office. We’re proud to Australia’s leading field of play design consultancy.


Our attention to detail is reflected in our mantra,‘measure twice, cut once’.

We’re dedicated to achieving the best results for your venue and its athletes, whether it’s a local legend or the next international star.

Here at SPORTENG, we pride ourselves on a reliable design process. The design process for a baseball and softball facility consists of the following key steps:

  • Understand the level of competition that facility will host as it will influence the surfaces we will use, the height and extent of backstop fence, size of player dugouts and whether a skin warning track is required.
  • Work out if the facility is going to be a dedicated baseball or softball venue, so that we can help you make well-informed decisions about the surfaces required for different areas of the field of play.
  • Confirm these key aspects before finalising the design.

Synthetic Grass Microplastics Management

Optimize your synthetic grass Field of Play.


Sustainability Practices

Baseball_Sustainability (1)

At the forefront of our design approach is sustainability. Not happy with just the status quo, we always strive to investigate new designs and construction techniques that deliver positive environmental outcomes.

We believe sustainability is intertwined with sports greatness.

As part of this, we integrate your requirements, from budget to performance values, through to sustainability practices – this ensures we achieve a successful result.

When considering the sustainability approach for a baseball or softball facility, we focus on the natural turf outfield and infield. For the natural turf areas, we:

  • Design the irrigation system to be as efficient as possible to minimise precipitation requirements.
  • Specify a playing surface profile that will support healthy turf growth.
  • Nominate a durable and drought tolerant turf species that addresses the end user’s performance requirements.

When we design designing a synthetic grass surface, there are added environmental elements we need to consider and address in the planning and design process:

  • End-of-life consideration allows us to specify cradle-to-cradle materials and products that have a circular upcycle process at the end of its design life rather than a linear ‘take-make-waste’ process.
  • Prioritising organic and infill free systems allow us to specify the use of organic infills or systems that have no performance infill layer.
  • The risk of microplastic displacement from the synthetic grass system means we ensure the pitch is fully enclosed to prevent infill displacement from the surface.

The SPORTENG team considers the whole-of-life cycle and the use of recycled materials at every stage of design and construction. We make sure that a sustainable end-product starts at the beginning of design.

Baseball and Softball Profile Options


The WBSC does not have specifications for the infield skin surface or the natural turf and synthetic surfaces. As baseball is played around the world, it is difficult to specify a granular product that could be readily available in each location. We’ve developed a specification for the skin material, as SPORTENG has worked with many local quarries.

There are several options that you can consider for the natural turf outfield. Unlike most other natural turf surfaces, the traffic across the natural turf playing surface is negligible.




Aerial 3D design of a multi areas sports fields

All baseball surfaces for the facility infield and outfield are required to:

  • Meet the functional requirements of the game without impeding the outcome
  • Provide a predictive response to a player’s actions, such as when a player runs, or the ball bounces on the surface.

The backstop fence height is defined by WBSC to protect people who aren’t involved in the game. Some facilities also include a fly ball net, which prevents a higher percentage of balls landing on the field of play fenceline. The design of these backstop fences must integrate the player dugouts and accommodate local wind loads.

Baseball and Softball Requirements


Baseball pitcher’s mound

A correctly designed and constructed pitcher’s mound is made from clay bricks. The mound should be 10 inches (25.4cm) above the adjacent area to assist with fast pitches.

Skin warning track

Both baseball and softball fields should include a granular ‘skin’ warning track at the interface between the field of play and the perimeter fence. The warning track alerts a fielder who might be staring upwards at a sky ball that they are about to run into a perimeter fence.

The options for a synthetic grass system can be influence by the reduced hours of use and reduced performance requirements for the surface.