Pre-Surveying: Laying out The (Outer) Corners of The Soccer Fields
Determining where to position the field and laying out the (outer)
corners is a two- or three-person job. For the surveying, laying out
and painting all the lines on the
field for the first time, it's best to have a six- or seven-person
out the corners (or outer corners of parallel fields)
beforehand, to avoid that half the team has to stand around waiting.
Some full-size fields have anchored goals. Those are not to be
moved. The length of the field is set by the distance between the
goals. The goals may not be exactly parallel, but it's more important
that the goal line is straight and passes through the goal posts:
Some large fields have an adjacent baseball diamond: keep the touch line at least
three feet away from the gravel, so the assistant ('side') refs can run safely
along the field.
Try to avoid bad spots in the field (overwatered, bare, irrigation
control boxes) - but it's often not possible. The repainters should
mark dangerous objects in the soccer fields.
|2 fields, parallel
||2 fields, not parallel
*Hoover Park has 3 parallel fields and a fourth field to the side.
Hoover PARK is on Cowper Ave, near Safeway; Hoover SCHOOL is in
Charleston Ave near to JLS and Mitchell Park.
For parallel fields only mark the outer corners. Try to keep fields at
least 15' apart.
Make a guess where to put the field and lay it out to try if it fits:
Put in 1 metal stake, hook in measuring tape and measure to next
spot; put in metal stake.
Hook measuring tapes in the metal stakes at the ends of the first
line and triangulate to third spot.
Triangulate to fourth spot; you could confirm that the measuring was
done correctly by checking the diagonal.
If the soccer field fits the area comfortably (it needs a little room
to the sides, at least 3-5 feet), replace the metal stakes by the
yellow plastic stakes:
Predrill hard ground by hammering in the blue
hexagonal (octogonal?) driver(?). Loosen it by lightly hammering it
sideways. Put in the yellow stake for about 1/3, then spray a solid 6"
to 8" diameter dot of field paint around it (shake paint cans for
about a minute before use.) Then hammer in yellow stake to slightly
below dirt level. (If the paint is applied after hammering in the
stake, the yellow won't stand out.)
If the pre-survey is more than 5 days before the surveying, the paint
on the dots needs to be refreshed. Take care not to paint the stake.
Be sure not to leave metal stakes on the field. They may get stuck in
the mowers and make the City very unhappy with us.
Equipment for one team, 2-3 fields:
- 4-5 measuring tapes, 300' if available
- 5 metal stakes
- blue hexagonal (octogonal?) driver(?)
- yellow plastic stakes
- 2 cans fields paint (about half a can for one field.)
- (optional) wand for applying paint
- fields diagrams
- calculator with square root function for
Pythagoras' theorem calculations
Pythagoras' theorem to recalculate the diagonals for triangulation.
Bring a calculator with a square root function when you're surveying.
a2 + b2 = c2