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Submit An Application for Tri-Ctiy ValleyCats '4 in 24' Field Renovations



The Community Grounds Crew is accepting applications for the 2018 season! Leagues are encouraged to submit an application, along with photos of the field primarily of the infield, home plate, and pitcher's mound areas. Taking the photos early, prior to any snowfall, is crucial to the application process in determining the scope of the work. Applications should be submitted by the end of February. Work begins with the 4 in 24 renovations in April.

One of the ValleyCats most important initiatives is to assist local youth leagues with maintenance and upkeep of their fields throughout the spring and summer. Their mission is to provide the youth of the Capital Region with a safe place to play, learn, grow, and most importantly have fun.

In April of 2017, with the assistance of BlueShield of Northeastern New York and Hannaford Supermarkets, the Community Grounds Crew undertook the "4 in 24 Extreme Field Renovation Project," where four youth fields were renovated in under 24 hours. The extent of the work included new sod placed on the infield, rebuilding of the pitcher's mound and home plate areas, raking and grading of the infield dirt, cutting the baselines to the correct specifications, and more.

Each project is also supported by the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation.

History of the Field Renovation Program

he field renovation began in 2003 right in the ValleyCats backyard, who together with The Brickman Group, renovated South Troy Little League.

In 2004, the ValleyCats and The Brickman Group refurbished DeMercurio Field at Veterans Memorial Park, home of Albany's American Little League. The work completed at this park included rebuilding of the pitchers' mound and cutting of the baselines. Brickman supplied the materials and the head groundskeeper at Joseph L. Bruno stadium, oversaw the project.

In the spring of 2007, the ValleyCats again teamed up with The Brickman Group to restore the Watervliet Little League field. The work completed on this field included rebuilding of the pitchers' mounds, cutting of the baselines, leveling of the infield, repairs to the warning track, mowing the grass, and general clean-up. The ValleyCats front office staff as well as volunteers from the Watervliet Little League donated their time to make completion of the project possible.

The ValleyCats, The Brickman Group and Capital Communications Federal Credit Union joined together in 2008 to help repair Berkley Park, home of Cohoes Little League. 

The details include rebuilding the pitcher's mound to regulation standards, filling in the home plate area and cutting the baselines. The infield was raked and graded and the bases were painted. The warning track has been dug out, re-sodded and crushed stone was laid down.

The tradition continued in 2009 with the partnership of the 'Cats, Brickman and CapCom, as Lansingburgh Little League became the next field to receive a facelift. The challenge during this project was to install a complete warning track, which all of the volunteers were able to do successfully. Yellow fence toppers were also installed on three of Lansingburgh's fields, and a new batting cage net was added along with two backstop pads. 

In 2011 the Tri-City ValleyCats embarked on the ambitious '4 in 24' project to renovate four local youth playing fields in a twenty-four hour time period. Check out the below recaps:

'4 in 24' Field Renovation History

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