At A Glance
- Every week (30 minutes to an hour, each repainting volunteer does two or three weeks.)
- Shake spray cans vigorously for about a minute.
- Walk slowly.
- Just push the machine forward. Trying to make little course corrections
will result in a wiggly line.
- Wear clothes & shoes that don't matter. Paint may not come off.
Duveneck School (1 medium field, 60x40) 6-9 cans
Eleanor Pardee Park (2 small fields, 35x25): 6-9 cans
Escondido School (2 small fields, 45x30): 8-11 cans
Fairmeadow School (2 small fields, 30x20): 5-7 cans
Hoover School (2 small fields, 35x25): 6-9 cans
Juana Briones Park (2 small fields, 45x30): 8-11 cans
Nixon School (2 small fields, 35x25): 6-9 cans
Palo Verde School (2 small fields, 30x20): 5-7 cans
Ohlone School (1 medium field, 60x40) 6-9 cans
Peers Park (2+1 small fields, 45x30 and 30x20): (8-11) + (3-4) = 11-14 cans
Robles Park (1 medium field, 60x40) 6-9 cans
Walter Hays School (2 small fields, 30x20): 5-7 cans
The watering, sunshine and use wear down the lines on the soccer
fields, but it's mostly the grass growing and the mowers cutting off
the painted tips of the blades of grass
that makes the lines disappear. In two weeks' time
the lines will be almost gone:
that's why the fields need to be repainted every week
of the season.
Most locations take about 45 minutes to one hour for
one repainter. If even one week is skipped,
the lines may almost have disappeared by the second week, and laying out a
field anew will take a team of six at least an hour, probably longer.
The first repainter will pick up a machine and paint at my house, an
may keep it for his or her turn, and then the second repainter should
pick it up from the first, and so on. Do not drop off a machine at the
next repainter. The last repainter returns the machine and leftover
paint to me.
When it's your turn to start repainting, please contact the repainter
before you on the schedule about picking up the machine and any
leftover paint. Please do that early in the week to avoid a missed
connection on Friday.
When your repainting turn is over, the next repainter should contact
you about picking up the machine and any remaining paint. If you
haven't heard by Wednesday, please send him or her a reminder, and cc
your team's coordinator. We cannot miss one week of repainting.
Teams and Blocks or Alternating Duties?
Most repainters work by themselves, but some teams repaint the fields
together, and some repainters bring a child or a friend. A helper
could shake the cans, so there's no interruption of the painting for that.
Let me know if you'd like a second machine for your team. I have a few
extra machines, but not enough for each team to have two. Send me an
email to ask and don't take without my permission.
Usually, the machine and paint supply is with the team member who's
currently doing the repainting, but some teams keep their machine(s)
and paint supply at the house of a team member who lives close to the field.
I do recommend you schedule in blocks, work consecutive weeks, so you
can see how your lines look a week later, and (if necessary) adjust
your technique; but of course, sometimes travel, work or other tasks don't allow
Because of the early dark and chance of rain, the last weeks of the
season are the hardest, so (with the typical three volunteers to a
field and an eleven-week season) a 4-4-3 schedule would be the fairest;
but with frequent travellers that may not work out. (Thank you Dave Lesikar)