The infield or outfield lip is a bump that forms where the infield material meets the grass on a baseball or softball field. This can be caused by a number of things from improper care and dragging of the field to general use. If a lip occurs it can cause improper drainage of the field resulting in delays as well as a safety concern. Severe lips may cause ground balls to pop up and hit playing in the face and or body and cause injury.
Regular maintenance practices should be taken to make sure a lip doesn’t develop these include keeping the drag away from the edge when dragging, as well as after each game or practice dirt should be blown or swept out of the grass back into the infield. If your facility employs a smaller crew this should be done at least once a week.
If a lip has developed, depending on the severity, we have a few options for removal, blowing the lip out with high pressure water, to a complete removal of the lip and sod, laser level the sub grade and re-install sod to repair the lip.